Hi Annette, I did puchase this tower two weeks ago and while I wouldn't use it as a primary residence it makes a great add-on to a bin or cage system. Petsmart now stocks and sells it and I was in a store and happened to see it in the back, before they even stocked it on the shelves and was intrigued by the way it looked and thought it would be a fun and entertaining add-on. So I talked them into them into selling me one right then. It is $50.00, so it is not an inexpensive cage, but at that point i didn't care because I liked the way it looked and I just plain wanted to have it. When I took it home and put it together I noticed it is alot better quality then the crittertrail cages. It has plenty of wire bar area so it is well ventilated including the top which has also can be opened to access the top levels of the cage. The front has a huge wire door that acesses the bottom and middle levels of the cage. The water bottle and food dish are fine but on a small scale ( the water bottle holds probably about 4 oz.) and the wheel is about 5 and a half inches, so suitable for a dwarf. Like it's predessor it has big cubes in the back which can be arranged however you want for the hamsters to climb to the different levels. The cubes themslves and the holes in the cubes are pretty big and more suited to syrian hamsters it seems. Even though I bought this for my dwarf hamster in mind I was curious and decided to let my syrian try it out after I put it together. She really liked climbing thru the different cubes and going up and down the different levels so I might keep it in mind for the future when I feel like doleing out $50.00 again. Then I cleaned and sterilized to get it ready for my dwarf. She has a 105 litter bin from Walmart but even with all that room, a silent spinner, an igloo and hideouts, toliet paper rolls, chew toys, the superpet spinner, water bottle, food dish and treats she hardly came out of hiding or rode on the wheels and I would never see her. She is shy and scared where my syrian is just the oposite. I have a running ball for her that we tried a few times but she never took to it and doesn't seem to like running in a ball unlike my syrian who can't wait to get in her ball every day. I had to the idea of hooking this up to my dwarf's bin and seeing how she would like it. I did a few revisions to it before that. I hooked up crittertrail tubes to the big openings in the cubes so a dwarf could easily get up to the different levels. I attached the tubes to puzzle playground adapters and inserted them into the openings because I think they are too big for dwarfs but I could be wrong. I gave her food, treats and a filled water bottle in this cage too just to see how she would react to this cage. Now she is up and out and about on the the different levels interacting alot more then she used to be in the bin where she would hide all the time. She even begs for treats thru the bars and hardly goes into the bin cage anymore. I going to attach another cage to the other side and see how she takes to that because I'm thinking she might like a attached cage system more where she can go into different areas and levels, run thru tubes and what not. Since I allready have an extra cage and tons of tubes and accessories I collected thru the years of having hamsters I won't have to spend anymore money at the moment unless I have to buy another cage or two. If she likes the cage
system better than I could attach her 105 litter bin to my syrian's 110 litter bin and give my syrian a really huge cage also. We'll just have to see how everything plays out.
Sorry to blabber on so much, but i wanted to give you my take on the cage. While
it works for me, it might not work for someone else. I won't in anyway recommend it as an only cage but as add-on attached to another cage or two or a bin I really like it.
Edited by DebbyinLV, 23 June 2011 - 06:40 AM.