Critter Nation Small Animal Cage Single Unit

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Critter Nation Small Animal Cage Single Unit


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Shipping weight = 58.00 lbs.

Product Summary:

Critter Nation Single Unit Cage

Midwest Metal has taken the design of their popular Ferret Nation, and applied it to accommodate a variety of small pets, such as rats, chinchillas, and sugar gliders. The Critter Nation's bar spacing is smaller to keep the smaller pets from escaping and getting injured. Easy to assemble – no tools required! Interlocking panels safely and securely lock in place without the use of any screws, nuts, or bolts.

Product Features:

  • Full-width double doors provide maximum accessibility for easy cleaning and feeding
  • Wide-expanse shelf, full-width plastic pan floor provide maximum play area and prevents dangerous falls
  • Critter-proof dual-locking door latches provide secure, easy one-handed operation
  • Height-adjustable shelves with removable plastic insert for easy cleaning
  • Multiple attaching points for accessories, such as hammocks, tubes, and toys
  • Ramps specifically angled for pet's safety
  • Sturdy square tube frame and wire construction for maximum critter security
  • Easily maneuverable stand with locking casters
  • Underneath storage area for food and toys
  • Platinum Hammertone finish blends well with any decor
Item Specifications:

36"L x 25"W x 39"H

Bar Spacing:

Item Number Model Number UPC
650231 161 027773010135

Product Reviews by Customers

4.8 / 5.0
38 Reviews
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Pet Satisfaction
Everything came perfect and shipment was fast .
April 30, 2018
2 months ago
Pet Satisfaction
awesome cage
This is a very nice cage. It is very well built. It has plenty of space.We have a two story unit like this in our home for our ferrets. I bought this single story unit for my camper.
April 28, 2018
2 months ago
Pet Satisfaction
It is a good solid cage. I had to wait a while to get it but the price here was worth it
April 20, 2018
2 months ago
What is your pet?:
Pet Satisfaction
Hammies seem very content with all the space they now have
April 20, 2018
2 months ago
So far, so great
Just built this last night, but we don't have our rats yet so can't comment on use and cleaning yet.

It was very easy to construct. I don't get the negative reviews about assembly -- it really seems like the people who struggled with it must not have read the directions carefully or followed the details. To put some perspective on it: If you have any experience with assembling IKEA furniture, this is much less hassle than that and the directions are a lot easier to understand!

I am a short, petite female and the directions said you need two people to assemble, so I had a kid on hand to help me, but really all he did was hold a few pieces steady, which I could have done myself by propping them against a wall. So overall very easy!

You do have to use a little strength to get all the pegs aligned with the holes while you tap the pieces in with a rubber mallet. But the tight fit is what makes the finished cage so stable.

The final product feels really sturdy. Love the storage shelf built in underneath.

We did have to wait a few weeks because it was on backorder. 1800petsupplies bumped the date a few times, so I called them and they weren't able to tell me anything useful, then I called the manufacturer and they said they were expecting more to ship within a few weeks and they gave me a "latest possible" date so I knew we'd be fine to wait. This is a popular item so I guess they're struggling to keep up with demand.

I was very pleased to get my shipping notification email and was happy that it seems 1800petsupplies is fulfilling orders in the order they were received. It seemed like the cage shipped it to me as soon as they got a shipment in their warehouse because I received it more than a week before the date Midwest told me, and the cage still shows out of stock online.

Overall we are happy! Now let's hope our new rattie friends like it in there.
April 18, 2018
2 months ago
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Pet Satisfaction
I had to cancel order was back ordered longer then expected. I wish I could of waited was in a hurry.
Best price around
March 3, 2018
5 months ago
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Awesome cage, but frustrating set up
I love the critter nation cages. Once set up the decoration possiblities are endless. It's much easier to clean out. It's just getting it set up is rather angering at times. Despite what pieces they put in to keep things from getting bent, they get wrecked in shipping anyways.
July 12, 2017
Awesome for Ratties!!
I have two male adult rats that needed a serious upgrade and this cage is awesome! Assembly wasnt difficult as far as knowing where the individual pieces go, but there was some struggle as far as putting the pieces together. With a lot of time I was able to bang some parts into place with the help of a rubber mallet. Another reviewer said that they had a problem with one of the doors closing properly and my cage has the same problem. It appears the frame of the actual door is on an angle that prevents it from closing all the way. The trick Ive found for this is to close the door as far as it will go, pull up on the side until you hear a click, and then push the side inward to hear another click. Fully closed after that!! It is unfortunate to pay a hefty amount for a cage with a defect but once you find a way around the issue the overall cage is great! Would recommend to anyone (especially for escape prone little boys).
June 30, 2017
Nothing but wow!
We bought this cage for our chinchilla. Incredibly sturdy and easy to assemble. My 11 year old put it together. Crazy-fast shipping (about 36 hours from order to arrival!), and the lowest price around. We like the added feature of a storage shelf directly underneath the cage itself.The only thing that I would change if I could would be the addition of a litter pan, but that wasn't a real issue. Our little guy is very content.
June 29, 2017
Blew away my expectations.
Bought for my daughters 2 chinchillas. I would have expected to pay around $300 for a cage of this quality. Nothing even compares at this price point.
June 5, 2017
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Why did you choose this? Store
I have the double unit and want to make a triple unit.
Cynthia S on Jun 22, 2018
I chose this item because we had bought a larger cage by the same manufacturer a few years ago and were quite pleased with it.
Cathy D on Apr 24, 2018
I have the double unit and want to make a triple unit.
Cynthia S on Jun 22, 2018
Rat cage
Manu S on Jun 3, 2018
I chose this item because we had bought a larger cage by the same manufacturer a few years ago and were quite pleased with it.
Cathy D on Apr 24, 2018
I chose this cage because it is well known for being one of the best cages among the rodent community and because it's great for RATS
Sophia S on Mar 17, 2018
For two male rats. Needed an easy to clean, good quality cage that also looked nice.
Sarah B on Mar 16, 2018
I needed a good cage!!!
Curtis C on Feb 26, 2018
Everyone says this is the best cage to get for rats so we're going to try it.
nathan s on Feb 10, 2018
This was the perfect cage with small enough bar spacing for a little 2 month old chinchilla kit. We bonded him with our older chinchilla in his 2 unit ferret nation cage once he was big enough though and we use the critter nation as a backup for any reason. Just used it to house my sister-in-law's chinchilla while she was away.
Darlina F on Nov 27, 2017
It will make a great hamster mansion for my fancy bear hamster!
Trinity B on Nov 11, 2017
Best reviews!
Heather C on Aug 24, 2017
This cage gets great reviews and is priced fairly.
Mark W on Aug 19, 2017
I volunteer in our Humane Society Pet Therapy unit and the rats are housed in these cages. They are roomy, extremely sturdy and easy to clean so I wanted one for my own home.
Laura P on Jul 25, 2017
I had the Ferret Nation cage and loved it. When my larger pets passed away, I ended up getting some smaller critters and knew that this brand was the only way to go.
Cameron R on Jul 22, 2017
I took the responsibility of caring for rats; I want to provide them the best of what I can give them.
Jude O on Jul 17, 2017
Sherri E on Jun 26, 2017
This cage is perfect for rats and found here cheaper than Amazon by more than $70.
KELSEY C on Jun 25, 2017
I have heard this is an easy to clean cage (which is very important when you have rats) and provides proper ventilation and bar spacing for housing rats
Harley D on Apr 26, 2017
Excellent reviews attest to quality.
Alyssa F on Mar 3, 2017
Only the best for the ratties!
Foster P on Mar 1, 2017
I have an escape artist rat, and was told this cage (with its LOCKING DOORS) would be the best fit. Also was told it was plenty of room for 2 boys. :)
Willow P on Jan 27, 2017
We have a DCN already and LOVE it. Need a smaller one for space.
Claudia C on Jan 12, 2017
Top of the line cage
arleen a on Jan 4, 2017
I did a lot of research, and this cage seems to be the one that gets the best reviews. I bought it here because it is the best price I could find!
Jill H on Dec 29, 2016
It's a highly recommended, spacious, easy to clean cage made for animals that are able to squeeze through the usual over one inch spaces bars on other small pet cages.
Jessica E on Dec 26, 2016
I have eyed this cage for a long time to house my two female rats. This was a great option for easy cleaning, simple layout, and downsized after previously owning four rats.
Karen B on Dec 13, 2016
My daughter is planning on getting two pet rats and this cage will work well for her. Also the prices are better than any other seller of the same product.
stacie v on Dec 9, 2016
I am adopting two rats
Amanda B on Dec 7, 2016
For my rats that are going in this cage in a couple of weeks
Henry B on Dec 4, 2016
I chose this cage because this is a great cage for rats, degus, chinchillas, and other small critters when you add the right adjustments to it. This is top quality and I would accept nothing but the best!
Payton H on Oct 9, 2016
This is my prairie dog's new cage.
David C on Sep 8, 2016
I already have a Critter Nation cage for my rats. This is an excellent product. Very high quality and well designed. It's perfect for housing rats.
April B on Aug 8, 2016
best cage for best price
Carol C on Jul 29, 2016
Best cage for rats, lots of room for hammocks and hideaways. Easy access for cleaning and interacting with your pets.
Victoria G on Jun 23, 2016
It's recommended by most rat owners, very spacious for 2 rats and it will be so much easier to clean because of the opening doors versus the cage I own now, the Petco Rat Manor (not recommended and will sell shortly after receiving the SCN).
Destiny B on Jun 21, 2016
Best cage for small animals and it expands with the add-on.
Joyce T on Jun 21, 2016
We have rats.... and now baby rats. The current cages are not terrible but they just aren't that well made or sturdy. I had resisted purchasing the Critter Nation because of the cost but with the coupon and 1800PetSupplies' great pricing, I was able to get this cage, and one for my friend's rats, at an amazing price! Thank you!
Stephanie M on Jun 13, 2016
Best small animal cage around. It's sturdy, easy to assembly, easy to move and very space. Bar space is ideal and it is very versatile for set ups.
My ratty boys love it.
Wiebke H on Jun 3, 2016
Love the critter nation cages. Very sturdy, easy to clean and our ratties love it
Lori M on Jun 2, 2016
I have three double critter nations and love them, best cages ever! I needed a spare for rescues and pet expo shows we do to help educate people about sugar gliders and this size is perfect for both...well and the best price around!
Laura J on May 16, 2016
While looking for a high quality cage, that was large enough, comfortable and safe (I also have a cat to keep away from my piggy) for my new Guinea pig, that also didn't make my living room look like a zoo (nice clean lines are important too) I came across this cage and after reading literally hundreds of excellent reviews I decided to purchase it. I can honestly say I looked all over the internet for the cheapest price and found 1800 pet supplies to be the very cheapest.
Laura C on May 9, 2016
because I like how much space there is and there was a really good discount on it. I wanted a nice cage for under 130, being at 104, I was able to get accessories too.
Amber M on May 7, 2016
best cage for rats and best quality and price
CHRISTA R on Feb 10, 2016
This item is very good i purchased it a long time ago but the pan is not practical at all if you have small animal so you have to buy another one pan .
Malou L on Feb 7, 2016
Love the easy access to the cage for cleaning with the full front doors!
Samantha M on Jan 15, 2016
Best reviewed rat cage for the price.
Tamara S on Jan 3, 2016
its the best brand of cages out there for our little critter babies!
Daina E on Dec 29, 2015
Great reviews for several different people/sites.
Sheri L on Dec 3, 2015
It's the best cage available for the cheapest price!
Amanda H on Oct 28, 2015
My degu needed a bigger home.
Jessica B on Oct 27, 2015
It appears easy to clean, and not cheap and flimsy like the Katey brand that I bought from the pet store.
John M on Oct 2, 2015
Rat cage
Manu S on Jun 3, 2018
I chose this cage because it is well known for being one of the best cages among the rodent community and because it's great for RATS
Sophia S on Mar 17, 2018
Can you put a add on unit on this? Like does the model have a door at the top for another story later?
Karrigan W on Jan 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Weirdly, I can't tell which unit this was asked on. The critter nation cages with the 160's model numbers are compatible with each other.

I bought model 161 (the single cage and base), then later added model 163 (the add on unit). I believe 162 is the double unit.

The add on cage (which can go on the single or double cage) comes with the middle level that has a ramp and a hole. You then reuse the top from your base cage for the top of the double unit.
39" high with the stand or without and the stand is extra hight?
Sam L on Jan 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 39" is without the stand.
I was wondering if this cage can be sent to Norway?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you would have to choose international shipping which is under the United States bar on the billing and shipping page.
I am looking for a cage for my hedgehog. Anyone know how they do in the cage?
Christina B on Mar 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Some hedgehog owners use this cage. You take the ramp off and use the top level for heating. Tori (PugPibbleHedgie) on YouTube has a double decker for her two boys. I'm buying this cage for my girl Lulu!
Can you ship this item to a PoBox?
lakin h on Apr 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You should be able to ship to a PO Box for this item. If you enter your address at checkout, it will tell you if there is any issue with where you are trying to ship this item.
Is the base metal? I have 2 chins whi like to chew through plastic and escape. It is kind of scary because we also have cats.
Carrie J on Sep 30, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I chose this cage for my rattie girls because I have heard nothing but great things about them. It's going to give my girls so much extra room and so many things that I can do to spiff it up for them :D . I also love the way the doors open. My girls are in a petco Rat manor atm and it's just a pain to deal with.
Can I add on to this cage? Would it be okay for sugar gliders?
A shopper on May 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there are add-on units for this cage. As far as your question regarding sugar gliders, most websites that I am coming across recommend a cage with bar spacing no more than 1/2 inch, which this cage has.

Hope this helps.
Is this cage good for hedgehogs?
Tracy S on Dec 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think it could be. The wire ramp comes with a fleece cover so the little one's feet won't get caught or hurt. I keep two rats in mine, it's a great size for them as they love to run around and play. Plenty of room for hide aways and toys and beds.
scatter guard?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This does not come with a scatter guard. A scatter guard is just a piece of plastic you can attach to the sides of your cage/the pan so that the animal can't fling out bedding or food. We used it for our ferrets who occasionally didn't go in the litter box as the bottom tray does not come up high enough to prevent leakage.
How far apart are the bars?
A shopper on May 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 1/2 spacing. I used it to rehab infant red squirrels. The wildlife center uses it for squirrels and possums.
Is this cage good for 1 ferret along with a large litter box, a hammock, a couple toys, and other cage things?
Endi N on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Ferrets do better in pairs and the single unit would fit 2 ferrets nicely. For 3 ferrets+ I would use the double unit. Also this is the "critter nation" with smaller spaced bars. The ferret nation is exactly the same but with 1in bar spacing and is sometimes cheaper than this model.
Does this cage have a scatter guard?
Sarah J on Sep 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It doesn't come with one but there is a scatter guard that can be purchased separately.
Can this be used for rabbits?
A shopper on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think it would be small for a rabbit but if the rabbit got a lot of time outside of its cage, it could work fine I suppose. I think a large wire dog crate would work better having worked in animal shelters in the past. The more space they have, the better.
can i add enougher cage to top of this cage???
A shopper on May 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can! The Critter Nation model 163 fits perfectly on top
What exactly is Included with this cage?
James D on Dec 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No accessories. Just the cage with 1 shelf, the ramp, and wheels. I don't think any special tools were required for assembly.
Do these come with the ramp covers?
Karen J on Apr 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This unit does not comes with ramp covers.
does the plastic pan slide under the cage floor so that droppings are not sitting on bottom of cage?
Jodi R on Dec 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, no it does not. The pan sits on top of the cage floor.
How long does shipping take?
A shopper on Feb 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Due to the size of this item it will ship ground and ground shipments take 2-6 business days.
Can put lock on doors?
A shopper on Jun 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm sure you could figure something out. It has bars so you could put something on them. But idk I've never done it.
Would this cage be good for two guinea pigs?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes it would. It's for small animals.