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Old 06-03-2017, 01:23 PM   #1
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Exclamation Advice on how to deter plastic cage chewer

I have a 9 month old Syrian (been with us since 11wks old) who has a large Zoo Zone 2 (L100xW51xH37cm - 790sq inches).

She has chew toys, large 12" wheel, saucer, wooden tunnels, bridges, space to roam and plenty of digging substrate. The layout of the cage is changed now and then to keep things interesting and up till now has been fine. We swap around toys for stimulation. However today, within 45 minutes, she has managed to nearly chew through the cage and I am worried that she will get through by the end of the night.

I regularly take her out to give her attention and exercise her away from the cage. She also has a large playpen (145L) with additional toys to play with and space to roam. This has no lid, not needed as when she is in it I am in the room, although she has managed to get out of this before and it has high sides.

Is there anything that we can do to stop the chewing, or put on the area she is chewing as a bite deterrant?
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Old 06-06-2017, 08:23 AM   #2
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Default Re: Advice on how to deter plastic cage chewer

Find a bite deterrant that is safe would be a hard task, if possible at all, so I would forget about that, but you could try to block the place where he is chewing with something as a hide out
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Old 06-06-2017, 01:56 PM   #3
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Where abouts is the hole? If it is on the bass, you could get some tiling and place it along the base of the cage so he cannot chew it?
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Old 06-06-2017, 06:05 PM   #4
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Default Re: Advice on how to deter plastic cage chewer

I, like you, have an insane chewer (and he lives in a 3,000 sq in cage!). I find that tons of exercise goes a long way. Letting them out for an hour+ has made a huge difference in behavior for my ham. Something else I've recently implemented is scatter feeding. This keeps chewers occupied and allows them to practice natural foraging behavior. It's worth a shot if your little one is keeping you on your toes. You can try blocking the hole off with something like cardboard (or I've found more efficient) ceramic tiles. A bendy bridge lying against the hole can also help quite a bit. If you share pics of your setup, we may be able to suggest adding things in certain places to aid in stimulation. Good luck with your little one
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