Plastic is not chinchilla safe! Unfortunately, the Ferret Nation cage and Critter Nation cage are loaded with it.
As a Small Animal Guardian, it's up to you to prevent your chinchilla or other small animal from getting to that plastic.
The original plastic pans should be covered or replaced before introducing your chinchilla or another small animal.
Which option should you choose?
If this is for high ammonia-producing animals like rats or rabbits. Then definitely go for the powder coating option.
If it's for low-producing like chinchillas or hedgehogs, then galvanized will be just fine.
Galvanized is protected from rust but still does over a long period of time depending on the environment it's in. Typically we see a life of 3-7 years.
Powdercoated enhances that further.
Stainless will last forever :)
Great replacement pan! Glad I found this company before I ordered any pans for my Critter Nation. Very happy they had powder-coated metal in different colors as I think the color blends in better than some of the other pans I've seen. So far it's been very easy to clean and does great keeping bedding and sand in the cage. My hamster has an easy time climbing over the cutout even though she's small. Will definitely order again, maybe next time with the guards on the side so I can replace the cement mixing tub I have on the bottom level (for deeper bedding.) Wish I'd bought this when I had my rats, would have made things easier!
we now have 2 happy chins that are easier to clean!!
I had been covering some plastic pans for my chinchilla in fleece but it was smelly, time consuming with constant washing, messy, etc. I chose metal to rid myself of the fleece and because it could help keep my chin cooler in the excessive heat we’ve had this year. My only regret is not changing sooner. The company was very prompt with “we’ve got your order but it may take time but don’t worry” even a week or so later I realized it’s been a minute since communication and not a second later I got an email from them saying “hey we didn’t forget about you were still working on it” and to me that’s amazing. Not a lot of companies have a check in “we didn’t forget you” email sent out. I didn’t need to reach out to customer service for anything, but I can already tell if I had NEEDED to they would have been on top of it and the most enjoyable experience.
This cage pan fits the upper level of a DCN perfect my girls are so pretty In pink they love ❤️ it they feel secure very happy with this purchase definitely buying one for the bottom
I'm extremely happy that I could finally afford to get these for my chinchillas. I hated using fleece because of having to wash all the time. These pans make it so much easier to clean my boy's cage and look amazing. (I got the teal ones) They did take awhile to come but I already knew that before buying.
Very nice pan for my chinchillas cage. Helps with the odor since I no longer have to cover his plastic pan with fleece and it also keeps him cool since it is metal.
My Ratties l9ve the new trays.
We could not be happier with our replacement pans, they fit perfectly, and they add a pop of color to our chinchillas home!
I previously had the standard plastic pan that comes with the Critter Nation cage but my Chin refused to stop chewing the plastic and this replacement pan was a great solution for that. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is that this pan is for the second story so there is a cut out for her to access the ramp to the first story and the sides on the cut out are a little high. This isn't a huge deal but my chin definitely doesn't like it as much. Otherwise, everything about this was perfect. It was well made with no sharp edges, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone using the standard plastic pans on the Critter Nation cage.