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Welcome to our big rodent cage test 2022. Here we present all the rodent cages we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information for you.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best rodent cage for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a rodent cage.




Summary

  • A rodent cage should be your rodent's home. It should protect it and provide a place where it can do its business and eat in peace.
  • It is very important that you know where to place your cage to avoid wasting space unnecessarily. If you want to put your cage outside, you also need to make sure that the rodent cage is suitable for this.
  • Most rodents should not be kept alone, so the cage should always be designed to hold more animals.

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Buying and evaluation criteria for rodent cages

In the following, we show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate rodent cages. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and to decide on a suitable and effective model. In summary, these are the following criteria:

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a device based on the criteria or not.

Size

This factor is logically quite important for a rodent cage, because it should not become a waste of space. Nevertheless, it must be large enough for your rodent to feel comfortable. Of course, it also depends on whether you want to use your cage outdoors or indoors.

Outdoors, it will usually be less important to pay attention to size than indoors. However, there can also be a lack of space outdoors, which is why another important point is the shape of the cage. Simple shapes like rectangles or cubes fit much better into rooms and walls than round cages.

This way you can also save some space. Nevertheless, you must always consider how much space your animal needs so that it does not come up short. It is also advisable to keep at least two rodents at a time. Therefore, you often need a larger cage in case another animal moves in later.

Material

There are several different materials your rodent cage can be made of. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so be sure to consider what you need your cage for and choose the material based on that. We have already covered this topic in the decision section.

The following table provides a brief summary:

Plastic Wood Metal
Weight Light Very heavy Quite light
Cleaning Easy to clean Hard to clean Quite easy to clean
Protection from the outside world No protection from cold and rain Much protection from the outside world Offers little protection
Appearance Blends in with the room Usually quite beautiful Quite unattractive

It is also important to mention that the material has an impact on the price. A rodent cage made of solid wood is logically much more expensive than a cage made of plastic.

However, this does not mean that plastic is necessarily less suitable for you. However, you should bear in mind that plastic is probably less suitable than wood, for example, if you want to place the cage outside.

So it is very wise to think about the use of plastic beforehand. Nothing is more annoying than to realise after the purchase that the cage is not the right one.

Weight

The weight of your cage may seem unimportant at first glance. However, it can make quite a difference depending on the way it is used. You should therefore know beforehand how you want to use your cage and also find out how to clean the cage.

Some cages have to be lifted and sometimes washed when cleaning. In such a case, it is of course very unfavourable if your cage is too heavy. In the case of an outdoor cage, however, the weight must often not be too low in order to be able to withstand the effects of the outside without suffering damage.

Most cages are built in such a way that they are easy to clean and nothing can happen to them when they are outside. It is more difficult with cages that are actually suitable for outdoors and indoors. These are often too light or difficult to clean.

Stability

How stable your cage is is quite important, because you don't want it to fall apart immediately. Besides, an unstable cage can also cause quite a bit of damage to your animals. Stability should be ensured in any case if you make sure that your cage is designed for your rodent.

The cage should be designed with your pet in mind for optimal safety.

You should also find out what the cage is suitable for. A cage that is made for outdoors can of course also be used indoors, even if it is probably very large.

The other way round, however, could lead to problems. An indoor cage will not be able to cope with the effects of being outdoors. The most important thing is to get as much information as possible before you buy.

Intended use

This point does not only mean whether you can use the cage outdoors or indoors, but also for which animal species the cage is suitable. There are some rodent cages that are suitable for different species. This means that if you have two different rodents, you don't necessarily need two cages.

This can save a lot of space, so it is important to find out what the cage is suitable for before you buy it. However, you must be sure that your two animals will get along, even if they are two rodents of the same species. Otherwise it can quickly lead to quarrels, which can also lead to injuries.

Some cages are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. However, if you only need the cage for one of the two places, it is best to buy only one cage. Otherwise it can be a bit more expensive. The most important thing is to take a good look at your situation before you buy. Otherwise you may make a very bad purchase.

Additional features

This point refers to all the things that make your cage stand out from the standard model. You can give your pet a lot of pleasure, but if you are not careful, you can also spend a lot of money for nothing. There are some cage features that make no sense for your rodent and only add to the cost.

There are a lot of extra parts that you can buy with your cage. Some examples are: A second floor, a small wooden house, an integrated food bowl, different types of tubes, a hay shovel and many more. With such a large selection, it will often be difficult for you to decide.

That's why you should be careful when buying and maybe buy some features late, if you feel that you are missing something.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a rodent cage

What are rodent cages?

Simply put, a rodent cage is a cage that has been specially made for different rodent species. This is because the animals are supposed to have a life similar to nature in these cages.

However, there are several different species among rodents, which differ from each other in many ways. You must therefore be well informed about which cage is the right one for your rodent.

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The size and type of cage will depend on your pet and also on the local conditions.
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When buying a cage, you should not completely ignore your own needs. It is often important, for example, that your cage does not take up too much space or that it is easy to clean.

When buying a cage, it is important not to forget your own situation in order to achieve the best possible result for both you and your pet.

How much do rodent cages cost?

Rodent cages vary greatly in price depending on the model. Therefore, you should definitely know what your cage needs to be able to do. Otherwise, you may end up spending a lot more than you have to.

This is the reason why you should definitely pay a lot of attention to your rodent in order to know what your pet's needs are. You can generally expect a rodent cage to cost from 30 Euros.

However, with this you really only get the most necessary and you should consider whether you should invest a little more for your animal. Other cages cost up to 350 Euros.

However, these variants usually have some features that most rodents do not necessarily need. So going for a price in between is probably the smartest thing to do. This way you get the best for the price.

What should you consider when buying a rodent cage?

First of all, it is important to consider the location you have chosen for your cage. This will help you to exclude some types of cages and narrow down the selection. For example, some cages are only suitable for indoor use.

These include most cages made of plastic, as these tend to be less safe than sturdy wooden cages. Of course, it is also important to know which rodent you are keeping, as there are different cages for different rodents.

The wrong cage can quickly lead to a lack of space for your rodent. In general, a cage with a little more space is always better. It can always happen that another rodent joins your animals.

What are rodent cages suitable for?

For most people this seems very logical, as you don't necessarily want to let your rodent run around the house. But nevertheless, a cage has some advantages you didn't know about. On the one hand, the cage serves as protection for your pet and as a home.

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You can buy some additional features for the cage that can serve as shelter and/or toys for your rodent.(Image source: 123rf / 67941083)

This also prevents your rodent from spreading its faeces around the home. Simply put, the cage is your rodent's shelter. Another thing the cage provides for your rodent is food.

There are some cages that already have a kind of hay dispenser integrated. There are also cheap water bottles that you can attach to your rodent cage.

There are also lots of hutches, tubes and other things that your rodent can play with and thus have something to do when you are not around.

What types of rodent cages are there and which is the right one for you?

There is a huge variety of rodent cages. That's why we have decided to divide the cages according to materials and present each of them to you in detail

  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • Metal

In the following we will explain the different types and their advantages and disadvantages. This will help you to find the most suitable rodent cage for you.

What are the characteristics of a plastic cage and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Many cages have a plastic tray on which a grid is placed. These are probably the most common cages for indoor use. They are very flexible and light and usually adapt well to the space.

Advantages
  • Lightweight
  • Quick to clean
  • Adapts to the room
Disadvantages
  • Not suitable for outdoors
  • No protection from cold and rain

Unfortunately, the cages are not suitable for outside. Unfortunately, they offer too little protection and fall apart quite easily. They are also not rainproof and offer no protection from the cold, which unfortunately makes them even more unsuitable for outdoors.

What distinguishes a wooden cage and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Wooden cages are mainly made for outdoor use. They are sturdy and offer a lot of protection from the outside world. In addition, most are quite handsome, which is why they can also decorate a garden well.

Advantages
  • Much protection from the outside world
  • Stable
  • Usually quite beautiful
Disadvantages
  • Very heavy
  • Hard to clean
  • Bulky

Unfortunately, this also means that wooden cages are usually large and heavy. This also makes them quite difficult to clean.

They are therefore less suitable for indoor use. On top of that, they are usually quite bulky and less adaptable to normal rooms. Thus, wooden cages are generally more suitable for outdoors than indoors.

What distinguishes a metal cage and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

This type of cage could rather be called an enclosure. Therefore, this type is mainly intended for outdoor use. Here, however, it is usually only used for a short time, as the protection for the small animals is also lacking here.

Advantages
  • Very flexible
  • Quite stable
  • Quite light
Disadvantages
  • Offers little protection
  • Not suitable for long-term use
  • Quite unsightly

But there is another type of cage that consists mainly of a grid. Many bird cages are built like this. Of course, these are not suitable for outdoors, but they offer a good view of your pets and therefore also a good view of the outside.

In addition, these cages can often be hung up and therefore offer a very space-saving type of cage. The shape can also be varied and the cage is normally very light. There are also many different designs.

How can you build a rodent cage yourself?

There are several ways to build your own rodent cage. You have many different materials to choose from. To create the perfect cage, it is best to find out beforehand which material is best for which location. You can easily find building plans and various instructions on the internet.

These are usually free of charge and available in both written and video form. It should not be too difficult for you to find such instructions for your cage. However, you must bear in mind that a certain level of craftsmanship is necessary to build a rodent cage yourself.

So what exactly should you look for in rodent cages?

There are a lot of things you should consider when buying a cage for your favourite rodent. That's why it's quite difficult to summarise it all in a nutshell. Simply put, it's best to rely on your gut feeling and a few testimonials. In addition, you should always inform yourself about the cage before buying and consider all the advantages and disadvantages.

Finding the best possible home for your rodent is not always easy. You should also always keep your current situation in mind. Otherwise, your cage may turn out to be much too big and restrict your living space. Preventing this is very important, because your rodent should not be to blame for your lack of space.

In the end, it is important to always keep in mind both your pet's and your own needs. It is very good to know about both in order to make the best possible purchase.

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