CritterTrail Cages Kill!
Posted 01 July 2008 - 01:44 AM
Posted 01 July 2008 - 01:47 AM
My boyfriend and I recently purchased a CritterTrail X hamster home at PetSmart for our pet of one year. After only 3 days of owning the CritterTrail X , our hamster, Pam, was able to escape by opening the front door to the cage by herself. As a result, she made her way to a sump pump in the family basement and drowned before anyone realized she was loose. This cage is defective! Since her death, I have heard of cases of hamsters dying by near decapitation from the faulty design of CritterTrail cages. Spread the word, I don't want any more animals to have to die because of a company's negligence. :(
AWW im so sorry, thats really sad, yes they dont have a good reputation, poor girl
Posted 01 July 2008 - 02:06 AM
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 08:09 AM
my hamsters can get out of any wire cage (they open the door) i give them so i always twist tie the doors shut..
Posted 01 July 2008 - 08:34 AM
I have Crittertrails for my 2 dwarfs, and this type of cage would not have been my first choice to go out and buy, but now that I've personally owned them, I will say I've given them unfair ratings in the past without owning it. I feel many of them connected are suitable for a small dwarf ONLY (and I don't mean a Robo either). My 2 dwarfs are very laid back and do not try to escape at all, nor do they have the strength behind their small bodies to push something open and get out.
Of course, with every cage, common sense is needed. It is important to check for the wire door to latch shut VERY tightly. I have purposely bent some wires near my doors to make them too tight for my dwarfs to open. It is also vital to attach the tubes in a way where they are secure and will not come off. This can be done by having the cage right up against and object with the tube in between so it has no where to move. Also work WITH gravity, not against it. In other words don't attach 20 tubes all on one spot without any support or joined parts to another section for support.
Really, it's all common sense, but I agree that CT's are NOT for a Syrian...I don't care how laid back one is. They are simply too small and cramped, the tubes are dangerous, in my opinion, and too many escape stories have been posted online for me to every try one with my gal...with the exception of the CT mini 2. This one is very secure and put together tightly.....but only as an add on space of course.
Anyways, I'll stop rambling. I just think CT's get unfair ratings at times, and I am guilty of doing this in the past before even owning one. As with all cages, caution and daily maintenance checks are needed.
So sorry again for your loss.
Posted 01 July 2008 - 01:50 PM
After all u said CT is the killer.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 08:32 PM
These are definately not good for syrians... however I have dwarfs and I haven't had a problem yet. For one of my dwarfs he semms to be too small for the cage. Haha. He's like a really small dwarf and he can barely turn his wheel in his extreme habitat from crittertrail.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 09:17 PM
Sadly, the cages are kinda cheapily made and break easily. The syrian I adopted came in a crittertrail, and they had to tape the top boxes shut. Also,the tubes that come with the crittertrails have those ridges which make it really hard for a syrian to fit through.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 09:46 PM