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Decent habitat, but REALLY hard to assemble
on December 28, 2017
Wow, no one exaggerated with how difficult this is to put together!!! Fortunately, I had read many reviews and watched some YouTube videos, so I knew to set aside a good chunk of time to get this done. Took a solid 1.5 hours and I was really nervous I'd break some of the pieces since they're hard plastic. In fact, I might've cracked the bottom tray (or maybe it came that way and I didn't notice), but it's not detrimental.
The problem is that no hamster/small rodent cages have great reviews...not a one! This was probably the best of them all and Kaytee brand sure has the hold on the market, not many options. We just got our first Winter White dwarf hamster, so I didn't want to go the route of an aquarium as I felt it was overkill, and this cage has the two levels to provide more space. Of course two levels meant more frustrating building. I will say however, that even with multiple levels, I think this would be a tight fit for a Syrian or other larger species of hamster.
In a day or two, I will be attempting to remove the necessary pieces to conduct the first full cage clean and we'll see how that goes. I do question the durability of the locks that attach the walls to the tray, only time will tell. The Kaytee tubes are also not very easy to put together and feel like they're going to break when trying to get them into the holes on the cage, or connected to one another, but again only time will tell.
As for our hammie, he seems happy and enjoys the tubes, two separate levels, as well as the extra space at the top, which just started to explore. The wheel is as quiet as it could be and the food bowl is good. I did not like the water bottle because it's a solid color and you can't see the water level. Therefore, I purchased a different bottle (Lixit) and it's worked out well with little to no dripping.
This our first hammie, so if we continue to have small pets after this one, I think I'd look for a different cage or perhaps even go the small aquarium route. However, for now on our first pass as dwarf hamster owners, I think this habitat will do.