Right now, I`m using quite a large cage (Gabber Jolly Rat cage) which I modified the doors on and placed full shelving into. I`ve used this cage now for a good few years, but now that I`m contemplating only keeping two females at any one time, I thought about puting this cage into storage and using my Pennine Rat Starter cage (which Maisy currently resides in) to house only two. However, I will be on the lookout for a cage that has a bigger footprint, but is`nt too high or heavy.
When I started keeping mice, my little males loved being in their Pennine cages and I could get them all out in the evenings on the bed for play-times, but I`ve found that since I switched to this larger Gabber cage, the mice seem to want to do their own thing and access can be a pain for me! Even when doing a full cage clean, it can be a cat and mouse chase to persuade the girls to come out! :roll:
So I`ve decided when Rosie and Betsy are no longer here, I will just keep Maisy in the cage she is in, the Pennine and once she has a wee friend, I can let them out each evening or every other evening to play. I`m finding that difficult to do with this bigger cage and much as I wanted to keep using it for new mice, I would rather compromise a bit of space and have better access and playtimes with the girls.
It`s not so much something I want to do, but feel I need to given my neck pain and lack of interaction. Maisy loves to run around on the bed while I clean her cage and her cage is so much easier for me to deal with. The Pennine has also had a full upper shelf put inside and also, a half shelf below this, so it does`nt look like the `half shelf cage` that you might see advertised. So by doing this, i`ve actually doubled it`s floor space by adding a full upper shelf. :)