In general, this model of cage is intended for rabbits, but we acquired it for a chinchilla. The size and quality convinced us. The cage was purchased directly from the supplier at the beginning of 2011, i.e. without store markups. It cost more than $142, but online stores sold these cagees for $200 and up.
The cage is quite large and is ideal for one or two rabbits or chinchillas, but it would be rather small for larger numbers of animals . Its sizes: length is 99 cm, width is 51,5 cm and height is 97,5 cm. The material of the pallets is high quality dense plastic of a pleasant dark gray color ( the pets will try to gnaw this plastic in any case, but it will stand). This material is also used for a spacious small house, it is a light gray color. The lattice is very strong, a black color and the distance between the rods is 2 cm. It is possible to pet a chinchilla through the rods without opening a door, or to give it various sizes of a delicacy. At first, I thought that the colored rods would quickly become round from the teeth of our chinchilla, and the cage wouldn’t look so pretty, but the lattice was black under the paint; the manufacturer provided it.
The first and second floors are connected among themselves by a plain wooden ladder from plywood, it is fixed on the second floor using metal hooks. In three years of use, my chinchilla nibbled a crossbeam (step) a little bit, but it looks the same, and the pet climbs on it nimbly. By the way, the cage is very steady. When my chinchilla starts rushing around in it, pushing off with its hind legs from the walls, the cage doesn’t move–not a bit unless the short flight of stairs clanks against the lower pallet. The door is on the first floor, it is latched so that the small animals can’t open it independently. On the second floor, the forward lattice leans back, thus it is convenient to change the forage and to clean it, without completely sorting out the cage. Besides, it is necessary to look after chinchillas, because they will jump out (our chinchilla likes to seize such moments).
It seems the cage is simply ideal, there aren’t any complaints , but, the big “BUT” is the accessories. They aren’t well thought out. The chinchilla cage is completed by two hay racks, two bowls, a big drinking bowl, plus clips which fix lattices to pallets. All of this is made of plastic, though the plastic is strong. But, the cage is for rabbits and rodents! During the first few days, the chinchilla chewed the handle of the haylofts. It was possible to make them from metal, and that you won’t save enough of these haylofts) therefore they became unsuitable. It was necessary to buy a metal hayloft from another firm. The chinchilla began to gnaw the bowls too. Because of this, they have lost their looks quickly. In addition, although they are large, my chinchilla moved them around in the cage, and this caused continuous clanking and scattered forage. Also, it was necessary to buy a replacement bowl made of porcelain. Now about the drinking bowl–it dripped constantly. In two or three days, water was completely gone. And, as chinchillas don’t like dampness, we had to place a lot of the pressed wood filler. That also is not very profitable since the filler turned quickly into dust. We suffered from this drinking bowl for a few months, then we changed for the smaller drinking bowl from the same firm, but it has the same problem. We compared these two drinking bowls, and it turned out that the fittings are not tight and the leak comes from there. As a result, we bought a normal drinking bowl of another brand.
I consider the cage to be ideally suited for small chinchillas, rabbits and even polecats, but not for guinea pigs since the second floor will be too tall for them and if the pets fall from a ladder, to say nothing of the second floor, they could be injured.