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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-09-2005, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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How well do mice do in plastic cages? I'm doing some research and have ruled out a gerbil since it will eat through it...

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-09-2005, 08:34 PM
 
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i have mice in a semi plastic cage and they do not chew it check out www.habitrail.com then click on model and mini that is the cage i have and i have no problem with chewing!
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I had my mouse in a glass tank, it just seems safer in my opinion. Mice do chew and if you get one that does chew a lot then it might escape the plastic cage. JMO though.
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I have now had four mice in a crittertrail one cage. Just like the one you are getting from freecycle. I have some real chewers right now and they have not chewed through the plastic at all, not even a little bit. I will suggest that you cover the bars with some wire mesh (I just stapled mine on, it was very easy to do, only cost me a couple of dollars for the mesh, and wasn't the eye sore I thought it was going to be) because baby mice are small and they can slip through the bars...you can take it off once their older if you like, once fully grown they can't get through. My first two mice were super sweet, they came out of the cage themselves, into my hand, and were great companions. The two I have now hate me and while they don't bite they don't want to be held either. So try and get from a breeder that has handled them from when they were young, that will be your best bet!!!
Another thing I have found with the crittertrail is that they get a lot of airflow through, so with layering the bottom of the cage with litter I only have to clean them once a week, if they were in a glass tank I'd need to do it two to three times a week because of ventilation problems.

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