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Old 06-17-2019, 04:49 AM   #11
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Default Re: urgent help needed with hole in cage!

Perspex is not flexible so you would need to make a join.
The lethargy is a concern because if she has swallowed any of that plastic it could have caused a blockage or damage to the bowel. Has she been eating pooing and peeing OK?
When we work with perpex we use a stanly knife to score it then we carefully crack it over the edge of something like a table. As long as ths core is deep enough it should crack neatly. Just take care with the knife and measure out your piece of perspex. We would put one inside and one outside so you have a double layer of security.
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:42 PM   #12
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I seem to have exactly the same problem with my hamster, also in the Barney cage.

I have put lemon juice and olive oil around the area that the hole is so she doesn't create any further damage. Also, I have put a large bendy bridge in front of the hole and secured it by pressing heavy rocks and her multi-chamber house (which is quite heavy) against it. So far, this seems to have worked however I shall update.

I am considering going for a glass cage (either an aquarium or the detolf) but I too am a student and money is tight until my next paycheck. Maybe you could ask for it as an early birthday or Christmas present?

With regard to glue, you could try mixing flour and water in a saucepan (1:1 ratio), heating until it bubbles and then using whilst it is hot. You can secure some plexiglass or normal glass and hopefully, this should stick. It is entirely pet safe but may not be strong enough, however, it is worth a try!

Wishing you all the best x
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Old 06-19-2019, 12:03 AM   #13
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You could try wire mesh/chicken wire to cover the hole. You would make little holes into the cage side and cut out a piece of chicken wire suitable to cover the hole. Then (from the outside or inside, doesn't matter it is a personal choice) you would use zip ties/cable ties to secure it in place. You could also just use metal wire instead of the plastic ties to secure it in place. If you wanted to use plexiglass, you have to use an animal safe silicon and that is usually called some type of aquarium silicon that you would use on a fish tank.
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:09 PM   #14
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Default Re: urgent help needed with hole in cage!

I am not an expert, so I donít have an official answer for this. Something I do that works for my hamsters is a plastic bin cage. I get a large sterlite container and drill holes in the lid for ventilation. This way, my hammies donít chew bars or have the slightest chance of escaping. Plus, itís super easy to clean too!

Btw, I think that is hilarious that your hamster could chew that much! Holy crap, that is pretty impressive. I know that must have stressed you out, hopefully we can all laugh about it now. Good luck with the cage!

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Old 06-20-2019, 02:25 AM   #15
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Hi rowan, I have been having a similar problem with Philomena. She is in a zoo zone 2 cage which has little notches in the base where it meets the lid that are just shaped to fit hammies teeth! I've had other females in this cage with no issues but Phil just loves to chew. She didn't chew through in one night so I was able to monitor her chewing and take action according to how bad it was. First off I just blocked the areas with turned up bendy bridges wedged into the substrate. This stopped her for the most part but one particular area she just loved too much and did make a hole, thankfully not big enough for her to escape from but a hole none the less. This i was able to fix with a big bolt and a large washer to cover the hole. I was then worried that she would just continue to chew the metal and do damage to her teeth but thankfully for now at least it seems to have put her off chewing that area all together. She hasnt (fingers crossed) so far taken up the habit on any other area either. I have managed to pick up a large glass tank second hand which is on standby just in case but would rather keep her in the zoo zone if I can as the tank is soooooooooooo heavy!. Sure you have tried most things by now but you are not alone with this issue. Another thing i do which is largely against most normal advice is change her cage around just a little bit every few days. I change over chew toys and treat sticks give her different cardboard boxes and hide treats for her to find. This seems to keep her busy exploring new things rather than chewing. I also try to limit her out of cage time to short bursts of 10 minuets or so. I find the longer she is out the more riled up and destructive she gets. As soon as she starts getting too giddy i pop her back in and let her settle again. I think you have to kinda cherry pick the advice and just try different things and see what you feel works best for her. Hope you can come up with a solution to stop your determined little lady.

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