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Easy to put together
Rabbits love the split level
Hinged roof is easy to lift
Ramp can be locked in the up position to essentially make
Limited access to the bottom of the cage; only small hinged door
Rabbits really like to chew on the wood
No bottom--really. No bottom.
This is an extremely attractive and nice sized cage for small to medium sized rabbits. We use it to house our small to medium sized bonded pair.
On the plus side, the cage was really a snap to put together. The instructions weren't perfect, but everything fit together easily. I have recurrent nightmares about putting together Ikea furniture, where the edges just don't line up, the holes are drilled just a little off center, or that one little part is missing. I have been known to struggle, fuss, and cuss my way through a Sauder assembly. I have put together a lot of this kind of stuff, and the hutch was easier than most and when completed was quite sturdy. It is basically composed of prefabricated panels taht fit together by lining up pegs in holes. Once aligned, you secure wit the provided wood screws in place and voila! the cage is put together. Relatively painless.
UPPER COMPARTMENT: A+
The upper compartment is arranged appropriately, with two large doors that are secured by the front latch, allowing for easy access. What's more, the roof is hinged and there is a locking arm to keep it open. The floors are removable for easy cleaning as well. A+ for accessibility and ease of use.
LOWER COMPARTMENT: F-
But just when you think the designers got it right, you take a look at the lower compartment. The only access to the bottom compartment is a tiny, wire door. It wasn't big enough to shove our litter box through, let alone grab a rabbit if you need to take him/her to the vet. And then the ultimate fail--there is no bottom. I solved this problem by going to a pet store and buying a large, hard plastic liner for the bottom of a dog crate. I then placed the cage on top of this. Still one problem--there was no real access to the bottom to take the litter box in and out and to do a cleaning.
I have no idea what they were thinking. Rabbits may be fairly fastidious creatures, but they still have certain biological functions to perform. And if they want to do this on the bottom of the cage, there is no way to clean it out. Some people say leave your rabbits outdoors and just move the cage from place to place. Inside, there's no way to get over the yuck factor. For the first couple of weeks, I removed the rabbits from the cage and would precariously tip it backwards against the wall to do the cleaning. Not great and certainly not convenient.
LOWER COMPARTMENT HACK:
NO CAGE BOTTOM HACK: as above, buy a hard, plastic dog crate liner from a pet store. Make sure the dimensions are larger than the bottom of the cage. Place the cage on the liner and the cage now has a bottom.
SWINGING FRONT DOOR HACK: This is not an approved method, but this is how I solved the problem:
-->you will need to buy two barrel slide bolt latches
-->remove the screws on both sides of the cage that hold the bottom front panel in place
-->loosen the screws in the bottom back but don't remove completely
-->carefully wiggle the bottom pegs out from their holes, but leave the top pegs in place
-->shave off the entire bottom peg on either side of the panel; the top pegs are still in place and will act as a hinge, allowing you to swing the front panel upwards. Now tighten the screws on the back of the cage.
-->install the two barrel slide latches (similar to the latch on the top compartment that secures the upper doors), one on each side of the cage. This will lock the door closed when the rabbits are in the cage
I had visions of the rabbits banging against the front of the cage and knocking the top free (because I didn't secure it with a screw), but so far this has held. I can now lift up the entire front of the cage and secure it in place to the top using a bungee cord. It is now easy to change the litter box, clean the cage, etc.
Why the company couldn't have thought of doing something similar to this is beyond me. I'm glad it works, but when you are buying more than $100 worth of cage, you really want them to think of everything.
The wood is rather soft and for a rabbit that means chewable. I have tried a number of methods to keep the rabbits from chewing the wood. I tried bitter apple spray, only to find that this apparently is a rabbit flavor enhancer, not a deterrent. (Read that on the internet after I tried it.) One post suggested lemon oil, but what I found in the store was marked as toxic, so I didn't use it. So far distracting them with other things to chew has worked, but they still like to do some cage chewing. We'll have to see how long this thing lasts...
The ramp set up is a bit flimsy and you have to be careful not to break the ramp when installing. Once installed, it has held up just find. (With the exception that the rabbits especially love to chew the exposed side of the ramp.) The apparatus to hold the ramp up in place if you are using this as two cages rather than one is flimsy. I haven't used it other than to test it, but I wouldn't rely on it.
The cage is generally made well, but I do wonder how long it will last given how much the rabbits like to chew on it...
On the whole, this is a very attractive cage that my rabbits love to live in. I have learned to make it usable, but I don't think that should be necessary when buying a cage in this price range.