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Old 05-24-2015, 06:30 AM   #1
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Hi!

I only found out recently that the cage I have for Pikachu is too small and I'm freaking out!
Its a Ferplast Mini Duna.
I've looked at about 1 million cages so far And don't know what to buy!
(Well I've looked at at least 60 cages)

I'm liking the look of the Multy Duna. Very similar to his current cage and much bigger. (Was on Amazon yesterday for 35 in red, this morning has already sold out and its available in blue for 55 now! Annoying)

Still going to look into other cages, so what does bar spacing for a dwarf need to be?

And I know the minimum cage requirement for what the cage needs to be but what would like a recommended cage size be? Because 'minimum' doesn't sound like even that is the ideal size.

I don't have a huge amount of room for a massive cage but I can go much bigger than what he has.

Plus I want to spent about 30-60, maybe a little more for the perfect cage.

Please Help!

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Old 05-24-2015, 06:38 AM   #2
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Have a look in marketplace. Jon17 is offering a barney cage. Excellent cage if you have room for it.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:11 AM   #3
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I'd not worry. The so called "minimum" changes reguarly, in the time I've been on this forum I've seen people quoting the "minimum" as about five different things. When I joined the forum the mini duna was fine for a dwarf, now apparently its too small. At one point 80cm by 50cm was advised for a syrian hamster (but the imac fantasy was fine because of the multiple full levels), now the imac fantasy is often less well liked but a few months ago the "minimum" was only something like 60cm by 40cm.

If your hamster is happy in the mini duna I'd actually keep them in there. Not all hamsters like huge cages, everyone has their own preferences so if you've hit on something that works well for you and your ham I'd think twice before changing it. There're a few people on the forum who've seen people fussing over cage sizes, panicked because their cage is supposedly too small... Then have ended up wasting 30 or more because the hamster was unhappy in the bigger cage and had to go back to the first one.

If you do want a bigger cage then I'd stick to 1cm bar spacing, 7-8mm bar spacing if your dwarf is very young or you'd prefer to be on the careful side (we've kept roborovskis and russian hybrids with 1cm bar spacing with no problems, I also know of some who've done the same with chinese). There is no real minimum though so all you can do is find a cage you think will suit you and your hamster. Even meeting the current supposed "minimum" doesn't mean you'll be meeting it in a few months.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:21 AM   #4
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Default Re: Cage Advise for Dwarf

Hey! Thanks for the advise! Looked at the Barney Cage and it seems great. I'm just concerned about the wood because hes been hurt by wooden toys before.

And I never realized the minimum was always changing! Totally something to think about and I may keep him where he is now because he does love his cage and he has a lot of fun in it. He is also very protective of his cage, like if I move any toys when I clean it, he puts them right back where he likes them. So maybe for the best to keep him in that one.

Thank you!
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:28 AM   #5
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Most people don't realise the minimum is always changing, you have to spend enough time on the forum to notice it. I gave up paying attention to what people are calling the minimum a while ago and have developed my own way of deciding on caging for my pets, they start in something small (often a mini duna for dwarf hams) and just get bigger later if they seem to want it

I'm glad he seems to like his cage as it is He sounds very sweet
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:29 AM   #6
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Jen, kyrill makes some good points. If your dwarf hamster has always lived in a Mini Duna by Ferplast, the next step up would be the Ferplast Duna Multi. So if you did choose to upgrade, this cage would look and feel the same to your hamster as it has the clear upper lid and safe narrow barred grill. You could then place the plastic shelf from the mini Duna inside this larger cage (the slits on the shelf would slide between the two parts) and balance the other end with a bendy bridge or something else that could safely hold it up.

There is another site that sells this cage, I will post the link shortly. x

Edited to add: http://www.portonaquapet.co.uk

It`s sold on here for 33.69p
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:43 AM   #7
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Tried to do a screen shot but the page won`t appear....

Got the original linky to work above! Just hover over `small pets cages` and scroll down to see the Duna Multi. x
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:54 AM   #8
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Thanks! The colour of the cage on porton is actually perfect for my bedroom which is an added bonus!

Think this would be the perfect upgrade for him
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:57 AM   #9
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Jen that all sounds very sensible advice. Dusty(my daughter) re homed a robo from gumtree last month. He was about 9 months old and in a MiniDuna. She was a bit worried about the size but in the end has not moved him to anything bigger because he is so settled. She does give him out of cage time In a playpen of toys now that he is happy for her to transfer him there.
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Old 05-24-2015, 08:07 AM   #10
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Wow! I didn't expect to see the duna multy for that little anytime soon.

Jen it is worth mentioning that the site says that colour may vary. I hope if you get one it turns out to be the colour shown though
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