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Old 01-13-2017, 01:51 AM   #11
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A temporary house could be made out of a cardboard box without a bottom. Cut an entrance hole.
Thanks for your reply. Good idea.
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Old 01-13-2017, 02:08 AM   #12
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It is a good idea A shoebox house maybe - can be permanent as well as temporary! Using the lid for a lift-off roof. There aren't that many houses with lift-off roofs and getting the size right for the hamster and to fit the cage can be tricky.

If she is using a corner of the cage for her toilet, this house is probably a good size for nesting and hoarding. The Ferplast Sin range are sort of flatpack and fit together like a jigsaw. The guinea pig size one is far too small for a guinea pig and about the right size for a hamster. If it's a bit tall to fit under the shelf you can just push it down into the substrate a bit. I had the rabbit sized one for a while but that is massive!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ferplast-Gu...inea+pig+house

Rodipet make really good houses with lift-off roofs but they are a bit expensive - the postage is about 8. Which isn't too bad if you're buying other things from them at the same time, because it's a flat rate of 7 to 8 whether you get one item or a large parcel. But it adds to the cost of the house quite a bit and they average about 16 in price after converting into pounds. The ones with the granite tops are quite good because it's also something to help keep nails short (it's rough granite) - but I just bought the square of granite separately and had it on the shelf under the water bottle.

The two room Dalani one is popular in these. The three room is good two but might be a bit big for the cage.

https://www.rodipet.de/shop/haeuser/rodipet-granit/

They also do ones that fit together like a jigsaw like the Ferplast sin. The two room one on here is good as well - it's slightly longer than the Ferplast sin house.

https://www.rodipet.de/shop/haeuser/...s-stecksystem/
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:55 AM   #13
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Default Re: New syrian owner needing advice please

Thanks for all the good advice. It is very kind of you to take the time to reply. followed the links to some good houses. I am going to have a measure up and see which will best fit the cage.
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Old 01-14-2017, 01:56 PM   #14
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If you do get a wood one, it's a good idea to paint it inside with plasti-kote water based enamel. It's petsafe and virtually odourless and dries quickly. A couple of coats makes it wipe clean inside in case it gets pee'd in or soiled The Plasti-kote costs about 4 or 5 but a little bottle goes a very long way (in case you wanted to use it on the shelf as well!)

A cardboard box house is disposable and easier to replace although it's surprising how you can never find a shoe box when you need one.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It doesn't have to be an add-on - I get it from one of the other sellers (A P Motors) or hardware shops usually sell it. But it needs to be the water based paint on one really.
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Old 01-15-2017, 03:34 AM   #15
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Thanks for that. Another good idea. Would definitely make wooden items a lot easier to clean. Know what you mean about the shoebox. Husband usually hoards them and I made him have a clear out before xmas!!!!!
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