I second this......Personally, I despise Coast Cages. They're small, even at their largest, and are hard to clean.
[align=center]I agree it's hard to put the base back on, but I get another person to help me and it's pretty easy.[/align]MopyDream44 said:I second this......
I have that exact cage, and it is heavy and awkward. It is terrible to clean if you are trying to clean every inch of the bars. The cage part is one piece, which makes it a pain to reach all the spots to clean and hard to remove and replace to the base!
[align=center]Yeah, I hate that part. :[[/align]When you take the cage off the base the bottom ladder hangs down and can bend backwards, so you have to lift it high so it won't drag. Mine has nearly snapped off a few times!
[align=center]Weird.The base is deep but they still push stuff out esp if you have lino on the shelves, and it get's EVERYWHERE!
[align=center]The cage comes with 4 of them, so you can switch them out if they get chewed on a lot.The food dishes are plastic, so if you have chewers, be prepared to replace them.
[align=center]Mine doesn't flake off or get rust on it.[/align]The powder coating flakes off right over the food bowls, and it get's rust on it!
[align=center]Mine started squeaking too, but then I put silicone spray on it and it stopped squeaking.[/align]The wheel is attached but it takes up a LOT of room esp if your ratties don't use it! My adults NEVER even stepped in it! Once the babies were in it they used it all the time. It started squeaking after two weeks!
[align=center]Yeah, I don't like how that door can't reach the ground.One of the bars broke right by the hinge of the bottom door....probably because when you put it down the weight of the cage can bend the bars........well if they are sticking out in an awkward way.
[align=center]I bought a water bottle from a petstore and it came with this wire to hang it on the bars.Normal plastic bottles with hangers don't work well, so I had to get two screw on lixit......my one lixit broke btw.
[align=center]Mine don't stick.[/align]The doors can stick and be hard to open and close, so watch the ratties fingers and toes!
[align=center]Yeah, the bars do get farther apart near the top....My cage had bigger spacing in the bars toward the top, so the babies could escape. I had to hardware cloth it!
[align=center]How many rats do you have in there? I only have 2, and they have a hammock, toys, and room to run. They like running up and down the ramps, going in the wheel, playing with the bedding, going on the rope, playing with cardboard boxes I put in there, sleeping in the shoe, and stashing things in their igloo.[/align]No room for toys! It's rather cramped for the ratties. Only one hammock can hang at the top and one at the bottom, which leaves little room for anything else.
[align=center]The FN cages are way more expensive, I thought.The PRICE!!!!! I bought this cage for 90$ after tax i believe.........that 90$ could have gone toward my FN cage!!! I'm not sure but I believe you can get the one level FN for around the same price!!!!
mine did NOT come with extra dishes 8O (slightly annoyed to know that actually........ i'm starting to think I bought a return unknowinglyThe cage comes with 4 of them, so you can switch them out if they get chewed on a lot.
But my rats prefer chewing on the bars of the cage....
that's good. I think my ratties make it their business to make things messy! They love to rearrange their cage, and if that means pushing things out then so be it!Weird.
My bedding doesn't get out.
right now I have two males but it was the temp home of the momma and her litter when they were a bit older! I purchased it for my two rats before i discovered one was actually a boy but I wasn't even to thrilled with the space then. A big hammock seems to take up a lot of space, and make it feel cramped but I dunno!How many rats do you have in there?
I just froogled the FN 141 model. This cage can hold 6 rats but the Coast Mansion can only hold 3-4, and I really think that 4 is pushing it. Anyhoo I found it at the following:The FN cages are way more expensive, I thought.
Like $200 or more?
And aren't the bars really far apart, so you can't keep babies in there?
Like I said I know some members have had better experiences than me but I just can't stand this cage. I really enjoy my FN cage. I have the 142 model that houses 12 but there is a single model that houses 6, and it's the FN 141. You can get it online just froogle Ferret Nation 141 and look at the prices. I had a good experience with Ferret.com. They were a bit slow on shipping but hey I only paid $6 for it. I think it took me three weeks? Even though you only have/want two rats I would still recommend getting the 141. The more space rats have the better, and if you wanted to upgrade you could buy the add-on later. I might get the add-on later and have a super tall cage! Also you can put two 142's side by side and create a super cage. If you haven't already seen Night's set up you should look for some pictures........it's AMAZING!!!! She inspires us all!Wow doesn't sound to good. What company can I get a good cage from?Can you order on line and which one would you recommend for 2 rats?
[align=center]It came with an extra plastic bottom thing, too.mine did NOT come with extra dishes 8O (slightly annoyed to know that actually........ i'm starting to think I bought a return unknowingly
[align=center]But isn't there a shelf below the cage part?Also about the bars! It's true the bar spacing is wide but you'll have that with most of the bigger cages that aren't really meant for rats. My babies can get through the FN bars but the cage is set up high, so they don't try to jump down. While the mansion was on the floor so they would pop out and climb down the bars. They could escape from BOTH cages but they don't try to escape from the FN. I basically put them in, and watched them for a few hours with no attempted escapes. They are in a rat proof room even if they did escape.
Ok NOW i'm mad!!! I did NOT get an extra pan either. I bought mine from Petco I'm really starting to hate that store!!!!It came with an extra plastic bottom thing, too.
Where did you buy yours from?
The space between the bottom of the shelf and the bottom of the cage part is enough that they won't attempt to jump from it. Also the bars don't give the best grip, so I think my ratties know better than to try!But isn't there a shelf below the cage part?
Can't they just jump on there, then jump to the ground?
[align=center]I was thinking about getting mine from Petco, too.MopyDream44 said:Ok NOW i'm mad!!! I did NOT get an extra pan either. I bought mine from Petco I'm really starting to hate that store!!!!
[align=center]Oh, okay.The space between the bottom of the shelf and the bottom of the cage part is enough that they won't attempt to jump from it. Also the bars don't give the best grip, so I think my ratties know better than to try!