Join Date: May 2012
Location: Springfield, Va
I wasn't shooting you down, if you feel you need or want a cage like that then so be it. Most don't have space for a cage that big, and I've kept a syrian in less. I don't know where people get these arbitrary measurements but it needs to stop. It make others who are trying to research decent care confused, but also places a guilt trip on them by making them think that if it's not that size it's somehow animal abuse.
The cage I bought is the biggest I could find without going and getting a fishtank to house it. And fish tanks, while practical, often do not provide enough ventilation for any of the fumes that a small animal procduces. Though this is mostly due to user error by putting on an enclosed shelf or improper lid as opposed to in the open with a screen top. In addition fish tanks are heavy and made of glass.
Really when it comes down to it, it doesn't matter which you use so long as they are kept and cleaned properly. Honostly Momo's last cage was 135 1/2 sq inches and he was happy in it, I wasn't though because I wanted him to have more things in his cage besides a wheel and hut. Things like a hanging salt lick, a tube, chew toys, and a larger wheel that doesn't need to be on the bars. I wouldn't have kept a syrian in it but it was adequate for a dwarf hamster or mouse.