Kaytee My First Home 30 X 18 Multilevel Exotics
- Ideal habitat for chinchillas, rats and exotic pets
- Multiple levels to climb and play
- Deep base to prevent messes
- Easy assembly for cleaning
- Chew proof locks and wires for added safety
- Extra narrow 1/2” wire spacing
- Cage dimensions: 30.5” x 18” x 30”
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Kaytee My First Home Multi-Level Habitat for Exotics
Give your furry pal a comfy and secure place to call home with the Kaytee My First Home Habitat Multi-Level for Small Animals. Your buddy will love playing on and climbing up and down the different levels with plenty of room to roam, without any leeway for escapees thanks to the chew-proof latches. Cleaning up is easy since it’s got a deeper base that prevents litter and bedding from spilling, with a wide front door for easy access. It’s great for hamsters, gerbils, sugar gliders and others small furry friends. Plus, it includes safety ramps, comfort shelves, and food dish so it’s a complete starter home for your furbaby.
Kaytee My First Home Multi-Level Exotics Cage's wire locks directly into the base for added security and durability. The latches are made out of chew proof wire and connect directly to the cage wire. Multiple levels provide extra space for pets to climb and play.
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Ideal habitat for Chinchilla, Rat, Degus, Sugar Gliders and other Exotic Small Animals
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|Item Dimensions||30.50 x 8.50 x 18.50 inches||23.60 x 14.40 x 11.80 inches||36.00 x 24.00 x 39.00 inches||32.50 x 19.00 x 17.50 inches||47.00 x 24.00 x 14.00 inches||25.34 x 6.26 x 12.91 inches|
|Item Weight||17.90 lbs||6.28 lbs||59.00 lbs||14.00 lbs||12.50 lbs||6.40 lbs|
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I do understand that the plastic base does not work for chewers. You know your rats, so you know how eager they are to escape, or if they gnaw when nervous. My guys are potatoes and don't have a nervous bone between them. I have accidentally left the cage open numerous times and my boys never go anywhere. The worst that happened was one of them stole a sock and brought it back into his cage to add to his nest.
I find it very very easy to clean. Everything wipes right off and i much prefer scooping out the deep tray than have shavings spread all over my apartment.
In short, this is the cage your rats deserve. It's spacious enough for 2-3 rats, and they will love the extra room. What's more, this is the cage you deserve. You can enjoy your pet without the hassle of the mess and cleanup.
Update: Cleaned the cage, it took about an hour and a half total to rip down, deep clean, and setup again. I decided to only use 2 shelves with the ladders so they had more space and it gave me easier access to the cage.
It's hard to find this medium size cage-- usually rodent housing is either too tiny for a pair of rats or is a huge habitat with wide bar spacing that takes up a big corner of a room. This is a perfect in-between. It's ideal for a pair of rats who need space to run and climb, but it also fits comfortably on top of my bookcase, so I didn't have to rearrange a whole room.
I had started with the Kaytee "my first home for pet rat" version of this (the white cage with a black shelf) and the quality of that product is much higher than this one. These bars are rather flexible, with gaps, and I zip-tied the corners like other reviewers suggested.
Although I preferred the white powder-coated bars aesthetically, these bars are also coated (grey) and hold up well to the occasional boredom chew when my doe is trying to get my attention.
My rats are not escape artists or into chewing plastic. Although they have taken some big chunks out of the shelves and an upper corner of the base, this is just from regular gnawing. The plastic is not particularly thick, though, so it might not take long for the motivated rodent to find his way out.
It isn't the highest quality cage out there. The cage walls do not properly lock onto the base, at least on mine. I tried bending the tabs with pliers but now I just use zip ties to keep them attached. This means I have to cut the zip ties and put new ones on every week when I clean it.
The relative flexibility of the bars does make removing/installing the shelves slightly difficult (more so than the "my first home for pet rat" edition). I also had trouble attaching the ramps at the very first assembly, but they have gotten easier over time. [an update: one of the ramps has broken. I just don't use a ramp with the bottom shelf now.]
To be honest, I probably spend two hours deep-cleaning this cage, which I do weekly. That includes everything inside (litter box, two space pods, one igloo, hammocks, towels, fleece liner). I think disassembling and reassembling everything takes a little longer than I would like.
I saw some complaints about the little indent along the borders of the shelves. This collects waste, which to me is a good thing because it means that no unsanitary matter is getting kicked out onto my floor. (This has occasionally happened, but very rarely.) The plastic of the shelves and base is easy to wash.
I do appreciate the depth of the base as well. That is hard to find, especially with the more common all-metal cages. This way, toys and food don't get flung out.
Bar spacing: 1/4" or 3/8", horizontal. My doe is a bit of a runt (full grown ~300g) and I think she could possibly fit herself through 1" bar spacing, so the closeness of these bars is really important to me. Also, my rats climb from place to place just as much as they use the ramp, so I do appreciate that the horizontal bars work as little ladders for them.
Plastic ramps and shelves: easy to clean, no grates or barred surfaces to encourage bumblefoot or other foot injuries, no need for fleece shelf covers (although you could add those if you want), easy transportation between levels. I can throw it all for a soak in the bathtub when I need to.
Overall I'm satisfied with this product, and would recommend it despite its flaws. My rats love having space to bounce around and play, and it's easy to customize with lava ledges and other fun perches and hangouts.
This cage is boss, first of all; It's really sturdy and the bottom plastic piece is 5 or 6 inches high which gives a lot of protection from your critter kicking out shavings. It also provides a darkened space for him/her to chill in when they aren't on the higher levels.
The cage was not all bent up like other cages I've tried and it fit very snuggly into the plastic bottom as it's supposed to. The machining was done really well. The shelves are high quality plastic and they form a bit of a dish on each level so that seeds or any other items on those shelves will not just roll off.
This cage is HUGE. I'll post a picture to show but it is gigantic. My teddy bear hamster gets crazy on it; running up and down the ladders, climbing up the bars, jumping from 3 stories, etc... he loves it and it does exactly what I wanted it to do which was give him more play room and exercise. Hamsters love to climb and it's great exercise. There is tons of pull-up and climbing activities for this hamster. He totally ignores the wheel now.
Did I mention this cage is huge? Part of that definition is that this cage is also very tall. I was worried about my hamster jumping to his death it' so tall but the plastic ladder slides are very wide and end up covering most of the open space so that if he did slip or misread a jump he won't fall that far... plus I know he'll be strong and muscular enough where he won't get hurt... at least while he's young.
This cage would easily fit 2 large rats or a chinchilla, farret, weezle, etc... with plenty of room to spare. If you want to spoil your critter with the pimpest, bossest cage in the neighborhood then look no further.
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Overall, I did a lot of research to find the right product for my two rats. I had a price range that I would not compromise on, so I have to have realistic expectations for the quality of the cage I bought. There are a lot better cages out there for 2, 3 times the price, and I chose not to buy one of those. I am satisfied with the purchase of this mediocre cage given the price I paid.
Update: I've been using the cage for many months now and I regret the purchase. The doors are very small and it's impossible to take medium sized items in and out without pulling apart the whole cage. It's also hard for me to interact with them inside the cage. The wires are flimsy and can bend very easily. Rats can also chew through plastic bottom.
On the upside, space is very decent. I've removed one of the levels and all the ramps (they were breaking) and added a lot of hammocks and hiding places. It's a good space for them, but quality is poor and it's difficult to maintain.
Also it's huge! I have three female rats in there and there's still plenty of room for hammocks, hides, tunnels and other accessories.
My rats have had problems with plastic ramps before, but these ramps are easy for them to climb, and long enough that you can place them as you like. The doors are fairly large as well, I can fit my large rat igloo through them.
I give four stars because the cage isn't the easiest to clean in comparison to my main critter nation cage, and also the quality isn't at the same level (thin plastic base, some of the wire hooks were bent on arrival and I had to adjust them with pliers). It is good for the price I paid however ($159.00).
The cage itself is very large, probably suitable for 2-3 rats. I just have my one in there and he loves it. Lots of space to run around.