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Old 01-20-2019, 06:25 AM   #1
Wolfsi
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Default Looking into getting a hamster and is needing a bit of help with chossing a cage....

Yup, been looking into getting a dwarf hamster after I move in March and have been looking at cages, though I been having trouble finding a cage with a great size (450 +) that is affordable. So I started looking into Ikea DIY cages....

Right now I'm looking at the billy cage which would be
80x40x35cm which would be roughly 447 square inches when taking inside measurements into account.... so to small compared to the 450

So I been considering adding the smaller Billy bookshelf to extend the cage... it measures 40x40x35 cm so adding that would make it roughly 863 square inches if I got the math right.... would this make a great cage size???

The hight of a billy cage would be about 35 cm to 33 cm...

Also, what is the general opinion on using the billy cage when it comes to cleaning and keeping the cage over the years a hamster live?
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Old 01-22-2019, 12:42 AM   #2
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Default Re: Looking into getting a hamster and is needing a bit of help with chossing a cage.

I’m sure you could make it work. I think there are better or easier Ikea hacks though personally - linnmon, lack tables, detolfs even. I almost made one with a platsa or stuva frame too just with a new base a while back but you’d need plexiglass for most of those. The thing about the billy is 33cm is quite low and whilst it might be alright it does limit the bedding depth which isn’t ideal.
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Old 01-23-2019, 07:48 AM   #3
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Default Re: Looking into getting a hamster and is needing a bit of help with chossing a cage.

hmm I see what you mean... been looking into the Platsa one and the detolf and might go for one of them instead... just need to convince the boyfriend that it's not that much larger then the billy extended cage..... thank you for the help Mangoandmimi
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Old 01-23-2019, 09:31 AM   #4
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Default Re: Looking into getting a hamster and is needing a bit of help with chossing a cage.

The Billy can be a bit narrow depth wise (35cm) best if it's 45 to 50cm. Detolf would be good Or a bin cage? If your boyfriend needs convincing - it makes a great modern room display when sat on top of kallax units and makes very useful and attractive storage underneath - and it could look a bit like the first photo on here (That is actually an expedit no longer made but similar to a detilf on top of kallax units).

https://www.google.co.uk/search?biw=...mg.eAhHexUhgX0
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:12 AM   #5
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yeah I be paying for it so I think I can convince him XD beside the Kallas will make a nice place to show of his lego in one half of the space and I can have hamster stuff in the other XD
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:18 AM   #6
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Default Re: Looking into getting a hamster and is needing a bit of help with chossing a cage.

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yeah I be paying for it so I think I can convince him XD beside the Kallas will make a nice place to show of his lego in one half of the space and I can have hamster stuff in the other XD
Sounds like a perfect compromise!
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