We just set this up last night for 2 gerbils. I doubt we will use it. If we do, we will definitely connect it to our 20 gallon tank and add a tank topper. The 20 gallon tank which was too small itself.
This habit is too small for gerbils and hamsters. It is suitable for 2-3 mice. I also have issues with the following:
1. The 6.5 inch wheel is way too small of hamsters or gerbils. The habitat isn't deep enough to allow for a larger wheel.
2. The wire flooring at the edges of the top floor makes a potential hazard for foot injuries
3. The water bottle is too small
4. The bottom could be deeper and wider.
The reviewer has 2-4 Gerbils (2) pets
Omlet Says: Hi Denise, thank you for taking the time to leave us product review.
There are no definitive standards for animal housing so it's up to designers to try to produce a home that will best serve the needs of the pet and the owner so that they both enjoy the experience of pet ownership.
Omlet invests a huge amount in product development work to ensure that our products always do delight both owners and pets. Since we launched the Qute many thousands of hamsters and gerbils have moved into Qutes and enjoy the deep burrowing tray, the upper level with its wheel and feeding area and the view out into the rest of the house through the crystal clear front.
In addition Omlet recognises that a large part of animal welfare is providing a safe, hygienic home and plenty of enrichment and activity for the pets. This is why we have a professionally researched and written guide on the Omlet website to help owners understand and provide for their pets.
I can assure you the Qute is big enough for 1 hamster or 2 gerbils.
The cage was thoroughly tested for many years before its release. It was designed with pet experts and pet owners alike and the cage does meet legal requirement.
In the office we have had 3 generations of gerbils and 2 generations of hamsters living in the Qute, all have been happy and healthy.
Hamsters and gerbils, like other pets, do need time outside of their home, they need stimulation. This is why we recommend exercise balls or mazes. Half an hour every couple of days will keep them happy, healthy and well stimulated.
The good points to this cage are that it looks neat, that you can see what your pet is doing, even when they burrow, the wheel size is ok for small rodents and it's easy to clean. The base comes apart, so we take off the front which makes catching our gerbils after they've had a run around my son's room much easier. The not so good points are that it could be bigger. I'd have paid more for a larger version. There are no air holes for the base, so they have to keep some of the upper floor surface as wire, which isn't good for tiny paws. I don't really like the tube, a ramp or angled tube would be better. One of my gerbils won't use it which makes this cage a bit pointless. I'm therefore going to have to remove the tube and add a ladder. All in all, it's ok but not the best design really.