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Old 06-23-2016, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default Needing advice for rust on hamster cage

I just acquired a second hand Savic hamster heaven cage plus two Savic Peggy metro cages for a bargain price, but have noticed on them now that I have picked them up that the bars have rust on them, I'm trying to figure out the best way to get rid of it that isn't going to be toxic to my little one, anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: Needing advice for rust on hamster cage

I think the Peggy metro cages are too small anyway. The Hamster Heaven is a good size cage for a hamster. Does that have any rust on it? I am not sure what the solution would be but I would be tempted to say you want your money back and not get them. They weren't advertised as having rust on them I expect. Where did you buy them from?
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Old 06-23-2016, 12:53 PM   #3
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Re the rust rub the affected areas down with some wire wool, and then use some vegetable oil on a cloth or kitchen towl and rub the cage bars with it.
This should stop the rust repeat as required.
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:38 PM   #4
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The hamster heaven seems to have taken the brunt of the rust as the other two are not as bad just a little bit rusty.I bought the cages on eBay, as well as a ton of hamster tubes to go with it. I'm giving the rest of the cage and the accessories a good disenfectant clean but I will give the vegetable oil a shot and see if that helps.
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:10 PM   #5
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Default Re: Needing advice for rust on hamster cage

I saw somewhere that aluminium foil with a little bit of water, removes rust effectively. I have tried this myself on metal food bowls which I got with my second hand cage and it worked really well. I don't know how well it will work on the cage bars though.
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Old 06-23-2016, 06:55 PM   #6
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Old 06-23-2016, 06:57 PM   #7
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Sounds like a lot of work! Shame the Hamster Heaven is worst affected. Even with the bundle of stuff I think I'd still want to return for a refund. You could email the seller first - most will just accept it - if not you just open a case saying - not as described. Not sure how good a bargain it was, but if it was worth it for the toys and Hamster Heaven then I guess the work could be worth it. For a cage to go rusty though it must have been stored outside, somewhere wet or damp (garden?). I just can't imagine individually sanding all those bars! They would need sanding before oiling as rust is nasty stuff. Esecially if a hammy chewed bars. I guess the Peggy metro cages would make an add-on for a hamster heaven, but they are too small to use for even a dwarf hamster really, at 50cm by 40cm.

It would be easier just to make bin cages I think, than sand the bars. If you wanted to do that though, you could use doors or panels from the cages instead of mesh. Sanding a door wouldn't be so much work as whole cage.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=bi...6UAggQ_AUIBygC

The large Samla bin from Ikea is a good size for a single dwarf hamster. Tubes are often better as in cage toys rather than outside a cage anyway, where they are an escape route, and those corner ones on the peggy cage are a bit risky for Syrians getting stuck - but ok for dwarfs.

SAMLA Box - IKEA

This is a good sized bin cage for a Syrian

https://www.amazon.co.uk/EXTRA-LARGE...am+storage+bin

It's not cheap though. The Samla is not quite big enough for a Syrian, unless you have 20cm or more depth of substrate so the floor area is higher up and wider.

Or you can get an Alaska cage for about the same price as that bin, which is a good size for a Syrian and postage is free with Zooplus for cages.

Alaska Hamster Cage | Free P&P on orders 29+ at zooplus!
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