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Old 05-21-2020, 05:04 PM   #1
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Hi, so I realise I havenít been around much the last few years and Iíve made very few posts about Artemis, my Russian hybrid. Sheís lived with me since August 2018, when I adopted her from the P@H adoption centre where she was estimated to be 6 months old (and she hasnít grown since then). Sheís very sweet and tame and I love her very much.

I now estimate her to be 2 years and 3 months old and I want some opinions on what to do about her cage. She has lived her whole life in the Savic Plaza Knockdown, which has worked very well for her as her cage. She has always managed climbing the bars well (to get to her shelves) and she has shelves attached around the whole cage to stop her falling too far. The space is also fantastic (and the big door) and she is still pretty active.

Artemis hasnít really aged much, except for maybe not running as fast as she used to. However, the last few days I have noticed she is struggling to climb the bars as well as she used to, which Iím putting down to her age. Iím now wondering whether it would be safer to downsize her to the Ikea Billy (Larry-Jasperís old cage)? It is more of a tank style cage and has no bars for her to hurt herself on and isnít particularly tall. She has stayed in the Billy before at my Mumís house, but only once or twice. What Iím worried about is her falling and hurting herself, which is why Iím considering the Billy.

I donít know whether the stress of moving her outweighs the benefits of the safety of the Ikea Billy. The other factor is that it is quite a lot smaller than the Plaza and she is still a very active hamster, so I donít know if taking away her bars and floor space would make her too happy with me.

I guess in conclusion, I just want to know some opinions on what the best decision for her is, cage wise. Obviously I want to be the best owner possible, but I would like to rule out getting a different cage entirely, as I already have two cages and itís kinda hard to make a bin cage in a pandemic. Thereís also the cost factor, and I hate to be morbid but Artie is already over 2 and Iím not even sure if I can have another hamster until after I finish university. Sorry to end on a negative note, but what would you do?

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Old 05-22-2020, 02:20 AM   #2
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Good to see you chesca
I would be more inclined to adapt the current cage rather than change to a completely different cage if it's possible.
It's such a large cage you should be able to keep everything more or less on one level maybe with a bit of adaptation so she doesn't need to climb the bars & if she still tries & you think she may hurt herself then I would use a strip or cardboard or something to prevent her climbing.
If she's still able maybe a few low shelves with gently sloping bendy bridges to access them?
Without seeing your set up I'm not sure what else to suggest.
She sounds lovely & is a great age, I hope you still have quite a lot more time together yet.
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Old 05-22-2020, 01:17 PM   #3
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I agree with Cypher, adapt her current cage. I have made everything very accessavle for my 2 year old roborovski, Mallow. Same for my lovely fluffy syrian, Tarak.

Have fun!

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Old 05-22-2020, 01:40 PM   #4
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Serendipity helped me out when I had to adapt the savic plaza for my elderly syrian hamster. Albeit she didn't climb much. I will see if I can find the thread. Also you could attach grass mats or cardboard to the sides on the inside to try and stop climbing.
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Old 05-22-2020, 01:43 PM   #5
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I found the link

Hamster Cage setup for Arthritis

Pics on the last page of the thread- i ended up taking out the shelves that i put up high and replaced with grass mats, just to give Star some shelter from above and she didn't feel too open/exposed without the shelves there anymore.
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Old 05-24-2020, 02:57 PM   #6
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You know your hamster better than anyone here. Sure you could adapt the plaza like Luna's mentioned but if you feel in your heart that she'd be better in the Billy then so be it.

With my Lilith I had everything one level in the plaza before downsizing to the Alaska during her final months. She did better in the smaller cage but each hamster is different.
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