All links are relisted at the end for your convenience.
Here’s Beanie’s current setup. A brief tour: Burrow Starter/Hidey Thing, Small Bendy Bridge, 12″ Comfort Wheel, Cardboard Tower, TerraCotta Pot Saucer, Chew Block, Plastic Barn, Bran Bowl, Large Flat Rock, Water Bottle, Small Pet Tee-Pee, and she has a log… cave? Bark cave? That. Beanie’s had this setup for about two weeks, and it’s definitely time for a change. That’s what we’re doing today 😎
- Remove all the accessories, except the nest.
- Take out all the bedding, wait for your hamster to emerge from the nest on their own opposed to ripping the roof off because that can be quite stressful.
- Put the ham in a safe carrier or playpen; a dark cozy place may be preferred.
- After sweeping out the cage, wipe it down with a safe cleaner.
- Then add in clean substrate with some old, familiar smelling stuff on top. My trick is if there’s six inches all around then no matter how thin some places are when you adjust it it’ll be fine.
- I was reminded of this DIY platformy house when I made my Top 10 DIYs post, and I definitely wanted to use it. It was specially made to fit Beanie’s cage. You can get an interior view if you check out said post.
- To prevent falling I added this cute chunk of wood as well.
- I wanted to stick with my DIY-y theme, which meant using my DIY houses. I decided on the Cute Small Pet House and Luxury Home (Available July 14th).
- After sanitizing Beanie’s rock, which I do monthly, I put it where I want to hang her water bottle. Rocks are beneficial for cooling off, keeping substrate dry from water drips and keeping claws trim.
- I also do her monthly wheel wash, a thorough rinse and scrub, and put in her wheel as well as a heart bowl and bendy bridge.
- Hamsters don’t feel safe in open spaces, so to make it a little more crowded I added in some pieces of wood.
- For the final touches I filled the heart dish with Eco Earth, scattered food around and put in clean water, a little Terra Cotta Pot Saucer and some shredded tissue for nesting.
*Forgot to add in the chew toys; they’re there now 🙂
And here are the results! Beanie’s cage is clean and tidy now and much more interesting. I really like the aesthetic, and I just love how easy it is to create an appealing setup with some simple DIYs!
Beanie really enjoyed exploring her cage, and you can also create neat setups with these same cardboard DIYs I use! Here on this blog I share most if not all the DIYs I show, so feel free to follow us if you’d like to see more. Here’s the promised compilation of links throughout this post:
- Burrow Starter/Hidey Thing
- Cardboard Tower
- Small Pet Tee-Pee
- A Safe Cleaner
- Top 10 DIYs
- Cute Small Pet House
- Luxury Home
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