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Old 06-25-2017, 05:21 PM   #1
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Question connected cages?

I was wondering how to connect a tank to a barred cage.

And, if it would be okay to have one of them(the smaller one) with sand substrate and the other(the large one) with aspen?
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Old 06-25-2017, 06:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: connected cages?

Not too sure how to connect a tank to a bar cage.

As for the substrate: how big is the smaller cage? I wouldn't have the whole thing with sand as substrate just because it doesn't hold burrows at all so your hamster wouldn't be able to make burrows in the smaller cage. I would opt for paper based substrate rather than aspen because some hamsters can be allergic to or develop an allergy to aspen bedding. Plus, paper based substrates are a lot softer.
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Old 06-25-2017, 09:47 PM   #3
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Not too sure how to connect a tank to a bar cage.

As for the substrate: how big is the smaller cage? I wouldn't have the whole thing with sand as substrate just because it doesn't hold burrows at all so your hamster wouldn't be able to make burrows in the smaller cage. I would opt for paper based substrate rather than aspen because some hamsters can be allergic to or develop an allergy to aspen bedding. Plus, paper based substrates are a lot softer.
Okay. I was thinking of maybe bending the bars to fit a tube, and cutting the mesh of the tank lid, because its already sorta broken, and connecting with hamster tubes. I would use safe hot glue to glue the tube to the open bars, and to the mesh of the lid. That seems like it would work?

The smaller cage looks like this: Hamster - Teakari's Sta.sh (the first pic) and I didn't know about the aspen before, thanks! I may try half of sand half of carefresh(since I already have carefresh)
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Old 06-26-2017, 05:28 PM   #4
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Default Re: connected cages?

You could cut the wire lid so a tube would fit. A Syrian hamster would be able to climb a vertical tube ok, by a dwarf hamster may find it difficult.

Have a look at you tube. Hopping hammy had a big diy cage (as the main cage) connected to a habitrail cage(s). She has built an even bigger diy cage recently, but I doubt she will connect it with tubes to another cage.
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Old 06-27-2017, 01:06 PM   #5
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Default Re: connected cages?

The main thing would be to make sure it's escape proof and the tube can't be pushed out, plus that there are no sharp edges (bars or plastic). It would be too big for me to tackle! Maybe someone else would have ideas (or youtube). How big is the tank? If it's big enough on its own you might be better just keeping the smaller cage as a play cage or somewhere to go during clean-outs.
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Old 07-02-2017, 02:19 PM   #6
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Hey Ricky,

I personally would stay away from connecting cages. I tried this myself with my (late) hamster and all she did was pee in the tubes or build her nest in them which is not good at all because of ventilation and stuff..
Of course you can try it and if your ham doesn't do it, you should be fine.

For connecting tubes to your wire cage, with most tubes come attachments for clipping the tubes to a premade hole in the wire of the cage. If not you could sureley buy one and then create your own opening by cutting the wire. You should try to sand the edges down afterwards and maybe seal them with safe silicone or hot glue so your hamster can't hurt itself.

Hope I could help a little!
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