Welcome to the April 2020 Cage Makeover! If you’re new, the first post of every month will be a cage makeover! These makeovers consist of a deep clean and new setup mostly consisting of the DIYs I share as well. I will link the DIYs and topics (they’re in bold) I’ve created and posted at the very end, so stay tuned 😉
As you can see, Beanie’s cage has changed a lot since the March Makeover, and it’s not too exciting. The substrate levels have also lowered to 5 inches since I’ve been cleaning her nest and soiled substrate weekly, and I love deep substrate!
- The first step is to remove everything from the cage.
As you can see I’ve left Beanie’s house where she is sleeping. I prefer let her come out on her own, which she did when I was removing the substrate.
Have a carrier or playpen to put your hamster in when you’re cleaning. I have a 10 gallon tank (‘Beanie’s Holding Cell’) where I keep her while I clean.
- Next empty all the substrate from the cage.
- Save at least a third of the old substrate; your hamster will smell the familiar substrate and be less stressed.
- Wipe the interior with a pet-safe cleaner.
- Now fill the cage with substrate. A tip is to Have 6 inches all around when you pat it down.
I personally wasn’t happy with 6 inches, so I dumped in another few inches because I could, and if you can, you should 😎
- Next I did my usual water and wheel setup. Under my water bottle (and where the bowl will be) I have some toilet paper to absorb drips, and under that I have nice, flat rock for keeping Beanie’s claws trim. I added my small bendy bridge as a wall to keep substrate out of her wheel.
- After it was time for the hides. I used my Luxury Hamster Home (right, July 14th), burrowing house/platform (left) and then the Barn Facade hidey, which is underground with a Pringles can tube leading down to it.
- And then I added in four wooden pieces for a more naturalistic setup.
- I added my Small Animal Tee-Pee.
- Then for two Terra Cotta Pot Saucer dishes, one upside down as a mini platform-step type thing.
- Next I scattered Beanie’s food around, and added chew toys.
And the setup is complete! Beanie went straight to bed 😂
I hope you enjoyed and gathered some ideas for how you might like to set up your own small pet’s cage!
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