Hamsters are very hardy little animals, and using things that aren’t intended for them usually doesn’t do any harm. Products like these can be really cheap alternatives and are usually way better quality! Here are my top 6 things I use for Beanie that aren’t made for hamsters.
200 Quart Sterilite Storage Bin
I purchased this bin for $35 at Walmart, and it makes an exceptionally good bin cage! It has a total of 690 square inches of floor space (give or take for the notches in the ends), which makes it ideal for all hamster species and mice.
Beanie’s been living in this cage since March of 2019, and it’s ageing very well. I highly recommend this bin as a hamster cage since it’s big, cheap, and very well made!
The Professional Spray Bottle
This plastic spray bottle costs $3-4 at your local Dollarama. They recommend you fill it to the 25 fluid ounce mark, and it is intended for chemicals. When I was first testing it out it wouldn’t work… until I realized it has an adjustable nozzle! That’s right, by twisting the end of the nozzle you can make this bottle mist, jet, and anything in between. The highest ‘setting’ can blast up to 10 feet away!
I use this spray bottle for cleaning Beanie’s cage and supplies. I put a vinegar/water solution in it, and with my trusty paper towels I can easily just clean her things without leaving the room! It’s super convenient, and the bottle works really well, not to mention the awesome price!
Glass Food Processor Bowl
Believe it or not, the white water bowl you may have seen me put in Beanie’s cage (July Makeover) is actually from some kind of food processor!
They come in a ‘set’ of two, and I honestly have no idea what exactly they came with, or what they were supposed to be for. They are a great size for Beanie, who is a Syrian hamster, to use as water dishes.
I hope I’m not the only one in Dollarama searching for pet supplies. One day while browsing, I found a nice mini broom and dustpan at Dollarama, and since it was exactly what I needed I got it for $1.50.
When I spot clean I like to sweep substrate off of toys with it, and when I’m doing a deep clean it’s really handy for getting all the little hamster-poos and whatever else. I use the mini broom every day, and it’s a really useful thing to have around.
Flower pots are so cute to put in hamster cages, especially Terra Cotta pots. For some reason I don’t own Terra Cotta pots yet, however, I do have a pretty, blue, heavy flower pot that looks super cute in Beanie’s cage.
Terra Cotta Pot Saucers
While I may not have any Terra Cotta pots, I do have three medium Terra Cotta Pot Saucers! They are the cutest little food dishes, and I love serving Beanie’s salads on them.
Of course, I purchased them at Dollarama, and they came in a set for about $1.50. I love using them and they make such adorable, cheap dishes I couldn’t refuse. Mine are about 4 inches in diameter, and you can get others in bigger or smaller sizes.
These are just a few of the things I use for Beanie that are not meant for hamsters. If you’re interested in seeing more lemme know in the comments section down below, I’d be happy to do a part 2!
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