Materials You Need To Prepare Before Starting To Make a Cage
1. Storage Box
Choose a storage box with an appropriate size, according to what types of hamster you keep. You can read this blog to choose how big a cage you need.
2. Glue Gun
It is used to melt glue and cut the opening of the box. I think it is very useful!
3. Barbed Wire
Choose wire that can hang a running wheel and a water bottle, and it's sturdy.
4. Iron Wire
Because there is a wire mesh on one side, so use wire to fix both ends of the same side.
It is used to fix the barbed wire, which looks more beautiful than the barbed wire.
6. Iron Pliers
Used to cut barbed wire.
Prepare the following supplies first when deciding to make a hamster habitat.
Running wheels, water bottles, food bowls, shelters, bath sand, bathtubs, sawdust, molars, rat food, snacks...
Go to the supermarket to buy a storage box. The size is up to personal preference, but the depth of the box should be as large as possible because the hamster's jumping ability is relatively strong,
To ensure the hamster cage's ventilation, we have to dig holes on the sides and top cover of the sorting box. The method is to find a color pen to mark the place to be punched, then find a soldering iron to burn a hole first, and then use a knife and a small file to modify and polish. Try not to bring burrs to avoid scratching the hamster. Of course, if there is no electric soldering iron at home, you can also find iron objects (such as drills, screwdrivers, large nails, etc.) to burn red on the fire and then pierce the holes. If you want it to be more professional, you can go to the hardware store to buy metal hole saws.
The placement of the utensils in the cage. The necessary utensils in the cage are nothing more than drinking fountains, food bowls, toilets, nests, and toys. These utensils are not expensive, and they can be directly replaced by some items in our daily life. The drinking fountain is not recommended to be hung in the cage. The hamster may climb out along the way.
Open three holes in the shape of "O" on the side of the sorting box. The bottom hole is the iron pipe for inserting the drinking fountain. The hole is used to fix the bottle body of the drinker. For the food bowl, you can replace it with the usual small vinegar dish on our dining table. In the bathroom, find a separate vessel that is not easily knocked over. You can put the bath sand on it, and place it in the corner of the box. About where to place your cage, I recommend you place it diagonally from the bathroom. Or you can read this blog to learn more.
Toys are generally running wheels. Buy the kind with brackets and place them directly in the box without considering punching and fixing. You can put other appliances as you wish, such as mazes, observation platforms, swing frames, etc.
Start to Make a Hamster Cage
- Prepare tools, storage boxes, welding pens, barbed wire, wire cutters, scissors, nylon cable ties, sandpaper, markers, and rulers.
- After the welding pen is heated, slowly cut along the line (draw the line with a marker, and plan the area. Be careful to leave a chassis, 6-10cm is enough), and be careful not to burn your hands. The process of melting plastic will smell, you need to open the window to dissipate the smell and it is best to wear a mask.
- Use the sandpaper sponge to smooth the four edges to prevent pets from scratching.
- Iron the hole about 1cm on the four sides of the square just cut, and tie the nylon tie for a while.
- Cut the wire mesh into a square that is slightly larger than the square by 2cm. The wire is very hard. Be careful not to scratch it when cutting; you must take it slowly.
- Use nylon cable ties to fix the wire on the sorting box, and reduce the excess length.
- Do the same for the position of the roof. You're done!
Finally, put wood chips, toys, food boxes, bathrooms, slides, etc. into the organizer. You’ve finished a wonderful natural cage.
What are Necessities in the Hamster Cage?
In general, put a water bottle, a food bowl, a nest where the hamster sleeps, and put some sawdust, cat litter, and so on.
If you are a careful owner, put some entertainment tools, such as slides, running wheels, etc.
It is best to make a double level so that the hamster has more space for movement.
What's more, the use of sawdust cannot be underestimated.
The first reason is moisture absorption. Sawdust absorbs the hamster's urine, keeps the nest dry, and reduces unpleasant odors. The second reason is that sawdust can play a role in keeping warm and hiding. Hamsters pile wood chips together to keep warm or hide in them for a good night's sleep. The third reason is hamsters have the habit of digging, and wood chips can satisfy this habit. In addition, wood chips are non-toxic and are sometimes used by hamsters to grind their teeth.
If there is no sawdust, you can replace it with cat litter. If there is no cat litter, you can use a clean and unscented paper towel, tear the paper towel and give it to the hamster. Don't use newspaper, the lead ink on it is poisonous.
You can also get a fixed toilet for it, leave a little smelly litter when cleaning the cage, rub the cage with clean bath sand to clean up the smell, and then leave the toilet where you want them to pee. Under the litter, other places to replace the new litter are fine.
This is all about how to make a cage for your hamster if you consider it a little complicated, you can also buy a large wooden hamster cage, which is time-saving and cheap.