For many young children a hamster, rat or mouse makes an ideal first pet. They are easy to care for, can be kept indoors in the child’s bedroom, and they make a wonderful introduction to pet ownership, giving children lots of joy while teaching them about the responsibility of caring for their very own pet.
There are some wonderful small pet cages and starter kits available, ranging from small start-up packages to deluxe critter mansions. Some of these can be expanded by adding more components to connect up to another cage in the line, allowing complete flexibility to do some home improvements on your pet palace as your budget allows.
My favorite cages for hamsters and mice belong to the Critter Trail line – bear in mind that Critter Trail cages are not ideal for pet rats, who need better ventilation and more space and height to stretch and climb about. Critter Trail cages are colorful, funky cages, made from anti-microbial molded plastic, that come in a wide range of zooty designs. They come fitted with fun accessories, and extra items can be purchased to add to the cage at will. Lets take a look at some of the options in this range.
The Critter Trail Dazzle is for the discerning glitterati critter, and is a fantastic choice for young girls. This dazzling purple glitter cage offers bling-bling for your critter. The cage itself is well ventilated, with a deep bottom tray to hold pet litter and prevent spillage. The main feature is the removable orbiting wheel, which sparkles as it turns – a real eye-catcher indeed. The Critter Trail Dazzle comes fitted with plastic climbing tubes, and a tunnel leading up to a petting zone. While this is a really snazzy cage, the downside is that it is not that practical when it comes to cleaning – but beauty comes with a price and there are some who may find this a small irritation considering its stylish good looks.
The Critter Trail X
Z for zooty, Z for zoom, the Critter Trail Z
All Critter Trail cages come fitted with a water bottle and a color coordinated food bowl. There are many cage accessories that can be purchased as add-ons to expand your critters abode; you can even join two or more critter trail cages together to form a humongous hamster habitat! As hamster cages go, Critter Trail cages are rather on the pricy side, but will be worth the outlay when you see the delight on your child’s face, so start saving now, and place your order with Santa soon 🙂
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