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Massive free cage (Manchester)

First off, long time no see!  It's been a few years, but I have some really happy memories of this forum/Mice are Nice.  I'm taking an extended break from pet keeping (I moved in with a partner with bad asthma and allergies, so I'm aiming for getting a bigger house at some point so I can segregate him and the critters adequately!), so I'd really like to find a good owner for my old mouse cage.

Info about the cage:
- it's a Sky Rat by Skyline, and bloody massive - 101cm long x 56cm wide x 89cm tall
- 7mm bar spacing, so great for mice
- can be used as two joined cages, if you block off the connecting floor hole, or also as one smaller cage using the top bars and bottom tray
- great access doors
- my one has more wooden hidey holes than shown in the link - I sprayed some of them with Plastikote non-toxic paint

It's a great cage for a bigger group of mice, especially really active ones - I had one in particular who used to zip all over like a bouncy ball...  I can see it working well for an adventurous Syrian hamster too, or maybe adapted for elderly rats (I've never kept rats, so this is a guess!)?  I suspect the trays aren't big enough for gerbils to burrow in, and some animals might feel a bit lost in all that space, but equally others will absolutely love it!

- bit of work needed in terms of scrubbing bars (not much though) and I'd disinfect or replace some of the wooden bits
- being a clumsy get, I broke some of the connectors that keep the lower set of wall bars together - but reusable zip ties would absolutely fix this
- was never an issue for me, but if you wanted to use the cage for any animals with poor eyesight, I think I'd adapt the big ramp between the two halves, because there is a risk of the animals falling off the ramp sides

I'm living in Stockport in Greater Manchester - if anyone local wants it, I can probably persuade my boyfriend to drive it somewhere, otherwise it's pick up only.

I'm offering it totally free, as I just want it to be used by someone (it makes a great living space, so I just want to make some lucky critters happy!), but a donation to your favourite animal charity wouldn't go amiss.

If I get a few people interested, I'll prioritise any animal shelters or rescue animals, but at the end of the day anyone with the space for it is welcome to it. :)


  • racingmouseracingmouse Mouse
    Posts: 1,333
    It`s nice to hear from you again superwolf! Hope your cage goes to a good home for some much needed mouses! The forum has been very quiet for a while but hopefully someone will see your lovely offer. 
  • AnnBAnnB Mouse
    Posts: 1,053

    Hi Maria, it's lovely to hear from you again.

    It'll be a fantastic cage for someone, although with so few people on the forum these days I don't know if anyone will see your offer. We're not even sure the forum will keep going, sadly. April and I do our best to keep a thread or two going with several other members looking in from time to time but it's very quiet.

  • superwolfsuperwolf Mouse
    Posts: 311
    Hello again to both of you! :)

    That's a shame about the forum, I remember it was a fantastic place to come to for help or just a chat.  I hope things pick up again soon.

    If either of you know anyone who might be interested in the cage, or if you're on any other animal forums, feel free to point them in my direction.

    How are both of your menageries at the moment?  I really miss having some mice about the place, but it's just not practical for me just now...
  • AnnBAnnB Mouse
    Posts: 1,053

    I'll keep you in mind if I hear of anyone in need of a cage.

    I have three mice and two dogs at the moment, a nice manageable amount. They're all very spoilt with the heating turned up especially for them while I sit in front of a fan with menopausal hot flushes, LOL!

  • racingmouseracingmouse Mouse
    Posts: 1,333
    I don`t have any small pets now Maria sadly mainly just due to deciding not to after I lost my last wee dwarf hamster to age and ill health. Although I suffer from chronic pain, I try not to let that be the sole barrier for my decision either and no doubt if my circumstances changed one day, I might think about doing something pet related again. I`ve just had too many other things going on and my mother is nearly 80 so that plays a lot on my mind. 

    As Ann said, it`s a shame the forum hasn`t picked up as it used to do but that`s possibly due to social media platforms being people`s preferred choice these days. I prefer a more homely setting myself like a forum! 
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