If memory serves, sometimes it doesn't, there should be one level in each box which makes it easier. You'll start with the wheeled base and think oh this is easy, don't be fooled! It gets harder as you build the levels. It's important to remember that the half level at the top can be switched to either side, but the bottom on has to go on the same side as the door as there'll be a hole above it. Yes, I've made that mistake too, lol.
Definitely a two person job because of the size and weight. Also clear a decent space to build it as you'll need space for the cage and to get all the way around it. Plus, if a section decides to fall, it won't hit anything breakable etc.
It comes in two boxes ?! That would explain why I thought Little Pet Warehouse had sent me two cages! DPD delivered them to different places too - only to add to the confusion! The whole setup is partly for my daughter's birthday - so the plan is to build the cage the night before so its ready for her on birthday morning on the 26th. We'll then have a week to get it all kitted out. Sounds like I'll have some fun after she's gone to bed - at least I'll have some help too though... and a beer or two!
randomname - yes - we have picked out our boys. The two showing as reserved with a £1 price here: chinchilla1.wixsite.com/chinchillaz/for-sale We made the trip to visit a few weeks ago, and are collecting on the 7th. We have laminate flooring - makes life so so much easier! As for the walls - yes, I can see how that could be a problem! I was planning on some perspex fixed around the cage along the trays to prevent too mbeing kicked out - I assume that would do the same for the wee ? I am also read that its possible to train the chins to use a litter tray ?
Last Edit: Jun 19, 2019 14:31:15 GMT by gingerneil
If chins are anything like degus . . . peeing is something of a sport and a skill worth points. The higher up the wall, the higher the score. (The guards that help reduce substrate spillage, and I used nothing under 12-15 cm, never blocked the pee games.) While we may not actually catch them displaying this skill, they do practice it with notable diligence. Most "notably" on the walls or the near by surfaces they decorate with it. They aim. They fire. They repeat. It dries. It takes on colour and dust. You move the cage one future day. You freak.
Either cardboard that is easy to slide in and replace as needed, or a surface that is easy to wash and will cover the wall well (NOT something soft that can be pulled into the cage and chewed preferably) is best. Especially for your sanity.
1 Bichon/Shi-t-zu Ollie (b'gollie), 1 Standard poodle, Indie
We got clear plastic shower curtains and Command strip hooks, and hung the wall behind the cage with the shower curtain to protect it. Then put something at the bottom so when the pee runs down the curtain or bedding and stuff falls down it, it lands on something you can easily pull up and clean.