Habitrail Cristal Hamster Habitat
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- Durable, safe and comfortable habitat for hamsters
- Satisfies hamster's natural need to explore and hide
- Designed to provide excellent air circulation; Easy to clean
- Allows easy connection to other habitrail items using our patented Lock Connectors (sold separately)
- Habitat measures 16-inch length by 10-inch width by 9-1/2-inch height
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|Item Dimensions||14.7 x 11.3 x 10 in||17.72 x 12.2 x 19.29 in||23.62 x 14.37 x 11.81 in||4.7 x 5.8 x 8.8 in||19.1 x 9.5 x 7.5 in||7.25 x 18.25 x 17.75 in|
|Item Weight||4 lbs||5.95 lbs||6.28 lbs||2.45 ounces||4.94 lbs||6.65 lbs|
The habitrail cristal is a hamster habitat that serves as a safe and secure living area for hamsters. Habitrail cristal is completely compatible with all other habitrail brand items. This durable cage features a complete, unobstructive view of your pet, while providing a safe and comfortable home to keep any hamster and pet owner happy and entertained for hours. Features of the habitrail cristal include a large plastic door for easy access, a secure door lock to keep your pet securely inside, a look out deck with ladder, a quiet exercise wheel, a chew proof water bottle and holder with stainless steel tip, a food dish and a litter guard. The habitrail cristal helps provide your hamster with a lavish home to live in.
Habitrail Cristal is a main habitat unit that serves as a safe and secure central living area for hamsters. Habitrail Cristal is completely compatible with all other Habitrail® items. The cage is constructed of plastic and wiring for both durability and excellent air circulation. A deep base design with rounded corners makes cleaning easy and minimizes mess. A large plastic door allows easy access to your pet and it has a lock to keep your pet securely inside. Two windows allow you to connect other Habitrail® items using our patented Lock Connectors (sold separately). Habitrail Cristal also includes a look out deck with ladder to satisfy your hamster's natural need to explore and hide, a quiet exercise wheel, a chew-proof water bottle and holder with stainless steel tip, a food dish, and a litter guard.
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-Protection from drafts
-Easy to clean
Reviews on other brands seemed hit or miss, and quite frankly, when I viewed the Crittertrail cages in-store, they seemed flimsy. I bought this one even though it had no reviews, but other Hagen/Habitrail products were well rated. I'm not dissapointed.
This cage is the same as Hagen/Habitrail's Habitrail Classic cage, but with nicer colors. It's hard to see in the product photos, but the construction is such that the white bottom sits below a clear plastic band. The clear plastic extends up the sides as well, and the center is made of wires. The opening in the front of the cage is made from clear plastic. This design serves several purposes:
-Clear plastic is easier to see through than the red, blue, or other colors found on many other cages.
-A good mix of wire for ventilation plus plastic for protection from drafts.
-Wires provide flexibility in where you mount the wheel, the loft and water bottle.
-The entire upper assembly (wire and clear plastic) disconnects from the white base for easy cleaning
-The white base plus clear plastic provides a good 2-3 inches of depth to help prevent bedding from flying out.
The Loft: The loft is made from 3 pieces. The white plastic base clips onto the wires, and has a deeper well for the nesting box. There's an orange lid for the nesting box to help provide some protection from light and drafts. The ladder is solid plastic, and is designed that it can be mounted at various angles.
The Wheel: The wheel is not silent even though it's made completely from plastic. It does squeak, and I'm going to try to find something appropriate to oil it with. The wheel has a slot in the center of it to allow "stuff" to come out. Since it mounts inside the cage, you don't deal with any of the "stuff" going on your floor or furniture.
Water Bottle: Seems to be a step up from many included in other habitats. It's a plastic bottle with metal spout and ball tip. It holds 2 ounces (60ml). Doesn't leak very much - maybe an extremely slow drip. It's plastic mount can be placed anywhere on the metal wires.
The Dish: The dish is translucent orange like the other accessories, is fairly sizable, and widens at the bottom to make it pretty stable. It does not lock down into place anywhere.
Tube Connections: There's only two on this cage - one on each side near the bottom.
The Door: The door has to be latched in a specific way, since it's plastic that snaps under the wires. The small lock doesn't really "snap" into place, but provides a bit extra help in securing the door. If done wrong, I could see an escape.
Overall, this seemed to satisfy most of my criteria, in that it's easy to lift the top off the base for cleaning, it can be expanded, has a decent wheel and water bottle, plus a loft/nesting area. The partial wire construction won me over vs. the Ovo habitats which are exclusively plastic. While not perfect, it's a good starter cage and I feel I made the right choice for us.
I knew this habitat itself would not be enough space, as the previous habitat also was not very spacious, so I tried to find a way to combine the two to provide her a duplex. I found that the OVO activity tubes were a perfect addition to combine the two habitats into one (I did have to buy an additional OVO tee to connect the habitrail habitat to the activity tubes). I connected the tubes to the right side of the habitrail habitat and used the provided clips to connect to my original OVO habitat, so please keep in mind if you purchase these tubes, you WILL have to purchase one additional tee (under 5.00).
The habitrail habitat comes with many special perks including the exercise wheel, upper loft, feeding bowl, and water tube. The ladder can be tricky to assemble if not lined up and clicked into place. It is not on correctly unless you hear the :"click" of the clasp to the loft. The loft itself sits on the outter rails and it is important to line them up evenly for sturdiness. The wheel is also very simple to assemble using the click clasp on the back. The habitat itself is not very large on it's own, so I would recommend using and purchasing the additional tubes, or connecting it to a previous habitat for more space.
Assembly was very simple as most of this is already assembled when shipped. You have to connect the door, wheel, ladder, loft, and the two outter rings (the rings must be lined up perfectly in order to connect, so if you're struggling, try turning the rings a bit and then pushing again. You will hear a loud click when attached properly).
Many people stated they didn't see a door in the photo provided, the door is located in the center of the front, and is not at the bottom of the bottom of the habitat, but rather halfway up the front. So if your hamster does not like to climb into your hand, I would not recommend this. Our hamster is very skiddish and doesn't like being held due to it's previous owners, however luckily our second habitat has a door towards the bottom she can climb in and out of to get into her exercise ball.