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Old 06-07-2019, 03:14 AM   #1
Sarahbuts03
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Hello everyone

I have finally finished setting up my detolf and just wanted to share Ticki's cage with you all.
Feeling quite happy with how it came out.
I think Ticki likes it too, although she is a climber and loves being in her ball far more than anything else 😊

Any questions or feedback please feel free...

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Old 06-07-2019, 03:27 AM   #2
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Oh wow!! That is one fantastic hamster home! Absolutely love the natural set up.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:37 AM   #3
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Just one question out of sheer curiosity. How does it work with ventilation?
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:40 AM   #4
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wow, that is amazing, love it. one lucky hamster.
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:47 AM   #5
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Just one question out of sheer curiosity. How does it work with ventilation?
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It has her old cage lid on top which allows ventilation, also it is out of direct sunlight so the glass doesnt get warmed up by the sun, even on a hot day.
The glass panels also are not air tight, just escape proof
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:52 AM   #6
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Was thinking of adding another cage lid, have one on each end to replace two of glass panels, but that will have to wait a month or so...
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Old 06-07-2019, 04:58 AM   #7
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Default Re: A different take on the detolf

It's an amazing set up and clever use of a cage top. My concern looking at it, aside from possible ventilation issues as mentioned above, is the fall risks. It is quite a height to fall from the cage bars to the bottom of the detolf and then landing on all the hard wood items underneath, some even pointed. Which could cause injury.

I would suggest that any toys are moved from the area underneath the cage top, elsewhere, and deeper substrate is put in that area, so if your hammy did drop from a height it would be a soft landing.

My own experience is that hamsters only really climb to try and find a way out! When they have plenty of enrichment at ground level and a big enough cage, they often don't bother to climb - unless it is to access something they can't reach or to try to escape.

Now your hammy has so much space, the need to climb isn't really important - and they can have different levels in the cage for variety of texture and height, plus large cork logs are good for climbing over and running through.

I would be a bit careful about hanging toys in the cage part as well - I can't see them well but a hamster could get a leg caught and end up hanging by a broken leg if there are any open rung ladders or chains/rings attaching toys etc.

Just highlighting a safety aspect to look at but the set up is lovely.

I personally think it will need more ventilation and an easy way to achieve that would be to install small round vents into the wood end panels - people do this with vivariums to improve ventilation for hamsters. This kind of thing (top of the page)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=air+ven...f=nb_sb_noss_2
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Old 06-07-2019, 05:41 AM   #8
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Serendipity, thanks so much for the feedback

With the climbing, I meant more thats she likes to climb up her ladder and up the climbing frame that hangs from the bars. She doesnt climb the cage itself.
The cage also has a platform over on the right hand side that has a hide and an extra water bowl.

I could definitely move her house over though and put some more substrate down. Although so far she seems very adapt at climbing her ropes and then scuttling back down the ladder to do it again.

With the ventilation, thanks for the idea! I'll look at getting the vents installed, youtube shall as always be my helper lol

Really appreciate you taking the time to give some advice xxx
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:04 PM   #9
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OMG that's amazing looking, dream hamster house
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Old 06-07-2019, 05:20 PM   #10
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It is lovely! Thank you for taking the suggestions without offence - all sounds good
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