Tommy 120 Small Pet Cages C3 Cage
Only one of its kind on the market
I had been looking for a stacked rabbit cage and couldn't find any in the states, only overseas. I had been considering trying to make one on my own so when I saw this cage I jumped on it. The cage is huge and gives our two bunnies plenty of room to play, going vertical gives you so much more square footage than you would ever get horizontally unless you gave them the run of an entire room. It certainly makes you feel less guilty about the days when they get little to no time out of the cage. I have set it up with the bottom layer potty and bedding, the second layer for food and water and the top for toys and their nest box.
1. I am not entirely happy with the quality. Several of the bars were not completely coated so they are already looking discolored, worn and old. One of the four long sides was slightly longer than the rest and hence the cage has a bowed section which I cannot correct without a replacement side. When I unwrapped the plastic parts I found several of them (shelves and ramps) had sharp sliver pieces from where they were separated during manufacture. I actually cut my hands as I was trying to put them together, so I had to get the nippers and check each piece before putting it together.
2. The directions that come with the cage are worthless. There is no listing of how many parts you should have so you can't count before you start putting it together, and out of my three shipments, none of the boxes were complete with all parts. The instructions are pictorial and printed on a less than half a sheet of paper, with no words, and so tiny that you're not really sure what you're looking at. Luckily Dr Foster & Smith came to the rescue with detailed directions on the cage purchase page. My advice is to print them as once I had found them assembly was a breeze.
1. I wish there were a ramp from one of the front doors to the floor. It would be nice for the bunbuns to have a way to let themselves in and out and the bottom door is just a little too high for them to jump in and out comfortably..
2. The ramps are slightly slick, narrow and steep, even with the lines that are supposed to provide tread. I was moving my bunnies from a cage with one ramp to this one and thought it wouldn't be an issue since they knew how to use it, but there was a learning curve for them. I am playing with the idea of replacing them with wood.
3. There is no rim around the hole in the bottom of the trays so if you put bedding on the upper levels it will fall through. I would suggest waiting until your bunnies are potty trained or using fabric that you can remove and wash. A shop vac or small dustpan works to clean it out but it is certainly not as fast or simple as the one level cage was to clean.
4. I would have preferred no bottle/dish/hay rack be in the cage and just had a slightly lower price. The dish is two piece plastic and difficult to get clean. The bottle is plastic as well with a lid that will not snap shut so spills are easy. I will stick with my glass water bottle! The hay rack is nice but already had one so not necessary for us.
5. It would have been handy to have one level have a larger door so you could lift the potty box in and out for easier cleaning instead of having to lift the upper levels off for removal. This could be corrected by putting the potty box at the top level, but then it is right at nose level and you would need a stepladder to lift it out of the top of the cage.
6. The corners of the wire do not click into the bottom of the plastic trays so if you have to move it after assembly it tends to pop apart. It seems like there would be a simple way to correct this but I haven't figured it out yet. We only move it to vacuum under it and the wheels make that easy, but it means correcting each corner before returning the bunnies to their cages. You also have to be careful where you grab it and push instead of pull, or the entire side will pull apart.
7. The picture and the directions currently reference handles but Dr Foster and Smith have checked with the manufacturer who states this model no longer comes with the handles. I am not sure that they were necessary but perhaps they would have been nice to have.
All in all, it was a good purchase, but not a great one. This is a huge cage and unique which for me outweighs the negatives and design issues. My main complaint would be the quality. At this price point the cage should be produced in a pristine manner, not arriving with uncovered metal or plastic shards sticking off the parts straight out of the plastic wrap.
November 27, 2013