The October Cage Makeover (2020)

Welcome to the October Cage Makeover of 2020! As shown above, Beanie‘s cage is dwindling from interest, and definitely needs a clean and makeover.

In her current setup she has some toys, such as her wheel, duck basket, hide’n’climbing toy, bendy bridge, chew block, a little tin bucket, basket hut, luxury house, foraging toy, rock, and water bowl.

I will have the bold items in this setup and the new setup linked at the end of this post, if you’re interested in recreating or learning about them 🙂

The first step is to remove everything from the cage, put Beanie in her holding cell, and replace any soiled substrate. I also make sure there’s 6 inches of substrate all around for burrowing.

I then piled most of the substrate up one side of the cage. Now Beanie’s 12 inch wheel can fit in her cage, and she has extra depth there for burrowing. I put a piece of wood as a platform to go behind the wheel, and inserted 2 Pringle can tubes into the substrate as burrow starters.

Next I partially submerged her adorable little house between the Pringle can tubes.

After deciding which other toys I wanted to use, I began to work out where I wanted them. This step is so fun!

I had added a little carton hut, my corner house, ladder-like piece of wood, a submerged flower pot, and some thick, corrugated foraging cardboard. But it needed a few more things, just to take up space.

After adding a bran-bowl and little terra cotta saucer food dish, I was content with Beanie’s cage setup. Now for the finishing touches!

Voila! A water bowl, some shredded tissue and scattered food later, Beanie’s cage is complete! Now time to put impatient little Beanie into the fresh cage…

Beanie seems to like the new setup, too! Oh Beanie 🥰

Thank you for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed it, and that it’ll inspire new ideas for how to set up your hamster’s cage! If you’re interested in more hamster-related content be sure to like this post and follow the blog, and I’ll be back on Tuesday with more small pet care, DIYs, recipes, cage setups, stories and more, have a ham-tastic day!

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