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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 09-26-2006, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Angry HORRIBLE mouse cage

The CritterTrail Extreme that we got about a month ago is HORRIBLE! About a week ago, the girl mice figured out how to escape (through the little purple wire cage opener thingy) and all of them (except the mom) have escaped at least 3 times. Luckily, we put the cage up on a high shelf, so they can't jump down, but it's now covered with mouse stuff and the boy mice go nuts when they see their sisters. They escaped everytime we put them in there, even when we covered the opening with duct tape and cardboard. We recently put them into a small plastic box with holes in the lid, which is working great, though the mice aren't too happy about it. Do you have any suggestions for a new mouse cage that isn't expensive?
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Are the mice fully grown yet? You can probably just cover the cage with some mesh for now so they can't escape. Unfortunately a lot of cages have the same wire spacing as a crittertrail. You can buy a tank that is $10 from walmart, and the lid with the holes in the top if you want the tubes. You can use these cages which are cheap I would get a few and connect them with tubes so the mice have a lot of space, those cages are pretty small to house mice in.

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Padfoot has a neat cage set up that she made. If you be nice to her I"m sure she'll show you

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They're almost fully grown. I have some pics of their current home.




The white one's trying to jump up too.

As you can see, they like to try to escape via the water bottle.
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Is that pine you're using ? Or.. yellow carefresh?
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Prob yellow carefresh. It's not woody.
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Well the bins you are using now can be used as a cage,just add some fun toys or whatnot.Or you can go for an aquarium.




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I'd get an aquarium, but my mom says that they smell and that they're hard to clean.
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I don't see how they smell, the keep the smell in actually. They're easy to clean, just pick them up and put them in the bathtub. It takes me all of 5 minutes to wash down, and dry my aquarium.

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You can use these cages which are cheap I would get a few and connect them with tubes so the mice have a lot of space, those cages are pretty small to house mice in.
Do the crittertrail,habitrail etc tubes fit these ?
They are cheap & I would consider buying some to add on to my mousey habitat!!

I know not to buy that cage now! I was looking at one cheap on eBay...I'm so sorry they get out =/
I used to house micies in a hamster cage with really small spaces between the bars & they still would escape!
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Candy I'm pretty sure they do. I think the best way to find out would be to go to petsmart or whatever and see. Grab a box of the crittertrail tubes that isn't sealed and open it and find out. (I open boxes all the times in stores...I have no fears )

I think habitrail makes a tank topper that the tubes fit in. My brother cut a hole in his tank topper to make them fit, the sometimes the mice and get through if there is a space between the tube and the screen.

I'm sure you could make a pretty interested habitat if you had enough tubes and added enough cages.

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Crittertrail tubes are so hard to take apart, though.
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Heres my opinion, I think that habitrail tubes are easier to get apart then crittertrail. I think it's because the rubber O rings that hold them together aren't as hard, so they're easier to just snap apart. I agree though, they're a pain

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GAH! I just broke my stupid habitrail cage! I had a safari one...I think it is habitrail, I dunno the differance between the habitrail and crittertrail. I was cleaning cages yesterday and dropped it and it totally fell apart and broke! Grrrrr...good thing I had a normal hamster type cage to put my mice in.




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is there enough ventilation for your current setup...using the bin as a cage?


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