The First, Second & Third Story of the Prairie Dog Cage are combined to make the 36"w x 20"d x 60"h Prairie Dog Mansion.
Each unit can be purchased separately and added as additions later on.
All three stories are made of 1/2" x 1", 14 gauge wire. Each story has a 5" wide ramp, leading to the 5" x 5" opening for a spacious 14"w x 20"d x 10"h enclosed balcony. The ramps, balcony, and floor are made of 1/2" x 1/2", 16 gauge wire, and it has a slide-out tray underneath the floor on the First Story.
All three stories have an access door that is 15"w x 10"h, and a 10"w x 6"h door that provides access to the enclosed balcony.
Another 10"w x 6"h door on the First Story, provides access to the area underneath the balcony. The top is secured to the Third Story with the attached spring & hook latches. The Second Story is attached to the First Story, and the Third Story is attached to the Second Story, with cable ties (included). There is a 5" wide ramp that can be lowered from the bottom of the Second Story for access from the First Story balcony, as well as from the bottom of the Third Story for access from the Second Story balcony. Either ramp can be latched to the bottom of the Second or Third Story to close off access.
The top is secured to the Third Story with the attached spring & hook latches. The Second Story is attached to the First Story, and the Third Story is attached to the Second Story, with cable ties (included). There is a 5" wide ramp that can be lowered from the bottom of the Second Story for access from the First Story balcony, as well as from the bottom of the Third Story for access from the Second Story balcony. Either ramp can be latched to the bottom of the Second or Third Story to close off access.
Shipped knocked down and partially assembled to save on cost.
Stand and accessories are not included and can be purchased separately.
Important: Only the base and the complete 3 level mansion are prairie dog-ready. The 2nd and 3rd levels by themselves are additions to the base- they do not come with a top.
My PD loves her new cage, and I feel at peace knowing it is safe for her to use. Most cages that allegedly are for PDs have 1/2”x1” wire spacing on the floor of the cage, which is unsafe. Thankfully this cage has 1/2”x1/2” wire spacing on its floors. I love this cage! It was well worth the wait and money I spent. Yes, it is pricey, but it’s worth every extra penny for a safer setup.
Overall it's a safe, easy to clean housing for prairie dogs. Platforms are boxed to prevent falls since pds have no depth perception. Wire spacing prevents cage chewing as well as cage nose. The 1" runs vertical and the 1/2" spacing runs horizontal preventing toes getting caught which is so nice. Out of anything I'd change is the waste depth. Hay waste accrues quickly and by raising the space by an inch or so, it would make pulling the tray out easier and prevent hay pieces from catching. The door locks are secure and solid. The setup will also make cleaning easier. Overall I'd say it's the only cage I'd call prairie dog safe. Lastly the high of each level easily accommodates the 15" running wheel. And I'd say my pets are yahooing to you for this too! So I'd recommend this cage to all pd owners and have shared it on a group for prairie dog people.
Easy once my husband got the caster on. Nice and solid frame work that supports cage quite well.
This review is for the three-level prairie dog mansion. All in all, it is the best prairie dog cage I've come across. The levels are well designed, with an eye towards critter safety. Other than the ramps, the balconies are walled on all sides, making it harder for these (at times) incredibly clumsy animals to fall off. The bar spacing on the sides makes it hard for them to chew the bars, decreasing the chances of odontomas. Likewise the bar spacing on the floor (1/2" x 1/2") accommodates their little feet. The ramps connecting the three main levels can be lifted, shutting off the levels from each other as desired. Every level has at least one large access door and one small access door. All in all, very well thought out! On a plus/minus side, it is made of galvanized wire, so it's not as pretty and perhaps not as sturdy as powder-coated steel, but that also makes it much less expensive. Mine arrived nicely packaged, with only a few minor dings from transit (easily bent back into shape). In assembling it you will be using included j-clips and an also included j-clip tool. They're easy to use once you get the hang of it, but because there are dozens and dozens of j-clips to install, if you have any sort of conditions that affects hand mobility (repetitive motion syndrome, arthritis, etc.), you will be facing a daunting task. It would have been nice if a j-clip removal tool was also included to help with the inevitable screw-ups, but this is available separately. Assuming no hand problems, allow yourself an hour or two to put this together. The one design modification I would request is that each level's large access door be made a little bit larger still, so that a Chin-Spin (available separately on the site and much beloved by my PDs) can be inserted into or removed from a level through the door. But other than that, this is a great product!
This cage is AMAZING. I volunteer at the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary in Prescott Az, which has 3 prairie dogs. I got this for one of them - and his total joy in running up and down, exploring all the rooms, made everyone smile. It is very well made, and you can close off each level if you want to in order to clean the other levels (or you could house a hedgehog there in a pinch). Each level and room has its own door for access - amazing attention to detail. it the only cage I found that is actually designed for this species - they connot fall off any balconies and sustain leg/back injures, and the wiring it small enough that they cannot get their jaws through and crack their teeth (which has happened with other cages). It took me many hours of research to find this cage for our prairie dogs - and I am so glad that I did !! I am ordering another one today,