> Now, I want to get Hammys again for my kids.
> I checked out a few LPS and have seen the newly designed Habitrail and
> SAM habitats.
> The SAMs look a lot nicer and have better accessories, IMHO, but I
> noticed that they have wire bottoms. Is there a way to remove the wire
> bottoms and still attached the plastic bottom of the habitat? The
> salesperson was of no help, as usual. They did not have any displayed on
> the shelf and they did not want to open the box so I could have a look.
I've heard that you can. I agree with you, SAMs look nicer but I'm all for
wire cages. I've written about this previously, here, I'll re-copy it
Well, regarding cages... here's what I've written in previous messages.
>What kind of experiences do you people have with the habitrail safari? It
looks such a neat cage to me. Problems with >gnawing on dooropenings or
joints? Too small?
Nothing but bad ones. The only good thing about them was the wheel - and
you can just buy a wodent wheel. The habitrail safari was flimsy, too small,
difficult to clean, - and the water bottle was just next to junk. I don't
(but that's just my experience!)
Regarding Habitrail Safari Wheels:
My safari wheel doesn't have a suction cup but rather a slot to stick
through the bars.
Well, I should say, HAD. One early morning I heard this "CRASH" and hammy's
Safari wheel had fallen off its spoke. Poor little thing was startled! So
I threw it (safari wheel) out and bought him a Wodent Wheel. I haven't had
any problems with him using it as a second home or bathroom...
Regarding Safari Water Bottles:
I know what you mean. At first I had a safari water bottle too - thankfully
I noticed my hamster chewing on the bottle in frustration. The darn thing
didn't work at ALL. I have an Oasis water bottle now, and when I use the
hole on the top to position the bottle into a more-vertical position than is
allowed just using the standard holder.
A lesson for us all!
I definitely do NOT recommend SAM's due to the wire bottom. I look at it
this way... would you like to stand on wire bars all day long? Of course
Hey, I started with a habit-trail and ended up getting a regular cage which
I believe is much better for my hammy. It's just the price of having a
healthy, happy pet. He can't take care of himself, so I must do it for him.
I'm happy to do so.
OK, so after all that -- what do I recommend? A good sturdy wire cage.
I've never tried an aquarium as 1) I believe they're difficult to clean 2)
I've heard around that the hamsters frequently climb out of the top 3) in
case there's a fire in the apartment building (which happened once) I can
simply pick up the cage & run out. No external tubes / et cetera to impair
the rescue of us both!
I got mine at PetsMart and I'm very happy with it. the latch is good &
sturdy, so the hamster shouldn't escape (as someone wrote in earlier, saying
that her hamster escaped from the Habitrail safari all the time) You can
see it on line at:
Or do a search for Deluxe 16" hamster starter kit from all living things
It also has a little balcony; which hammy loves! His Wodent Wheel Jr. fits
right in the cage perfectly.
BTW you can find wodent wheels at:
(whew!) hope this helps - Nicole
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