Apr 232007

Habitrail Mini Tower (HA62041)

Official description (from http://www.habitrail.com):
“The Mini Tower provides an additional area for your pet to explore and enjoy. What’s more is it also allows you easy access for playing with and petting your little pal.”
Contents: Tower, elbow, tee, 2 lock-connectors, closure disk
Price range: $5.49-$7.29
Rating: 4 (of 10)

Hammy’s “opinion”: My dwarf hammies don’t really like to hang out in the tower and I don’t blame them. Like most items in the Mini line, form seems to have seriously outweighed function in the Tower. There’s not enough floor space for bedding or food and barely enough to curl up on. Not only is the space extremely limited, but it has what essentially amounts to a ditch running through it. For the life of me I can’t figure out why the designers thought this was necessary, but there it is.
Functionality: The Tower is marketed as an access point for feeding or removing your pet, but since the hams won’t really go into it, they can’t be reached. Additionally, the connector at the bottom is designed so that the Tower twists on it, meaning that to remove or replace the cover you need to grab both the top and the base of the unit, leaving no free hand to reach for the hamster (except, of course, for those three handed pet owners).
Security: Given the difficulty humans have opening the Tower I doubt the critters can open it. Additionally, the lack of corners gives them little to gnaw on.
Conclusion: Frankly, this item is a waste of money and an open tube connection. The opening is dead center in the bottom of the unit, leaving only a small ring of floor space around the edges. There are MUCH better options for serving this item’s purpose.