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Old 11-15-2019, 07:12 AM   #1
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Hi everyone

I was thinking of replacing the stupid shaped corner shelf in the Hamster Heaven. Ronnie has his large nest underneath so I decided a house wasn't the best thing for him.

I know Savic did do another flatter shelf but I can't for the life of me find one. I don't suppose anyone has any suggestions please?
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:38 AM   #2
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Do you like the idea of a wood shelf? I actually think that popping a large flat-roofed house over the top of his nest would be a good idea. That then masses a shelf as well and it would be darker so he’d like it. It’s what I did when I removed that plastic shelf. I had the Ferplast sin rabbit house. It’a tall enough that it can stand on the base of the cage (fill it with substrate inside) and makes a good shelf and a nice dark big house for a large nest. It does take up a bit of room in the cage. A better option would be the two room Rodipet house but that isn’t cheap. It does have a piece of granite for a roof though on one side and that also doubles up to soak up drips from water bottles, help keep their nails trim (walking on the rough stone to get a drink) and stays cool in hot weather. I’ll link them below. Better investment than a plastic shelf imho.

Savic do make a flat plastic shelf - it’s the rat one. I am not keen on that either. It is really huge and has little skits round the edge and I would worry a hamster would get a tie caught/injuries etc. The ladder for it is also far too long for an 80 Cm cage. Little friends make a plastic corner shelf - sold on amazon. That is pretty big too though.

Your hammy has probably only nested under the shelf because there isn’t a house big enough to build a big nest and they do like a house that is dark inside. Even a shoe box house makes a good option for a large house that makes a shelf. Cut the bottom out of the shoe box so it’s open underneath and sat on top of the substrate, and cut a hole fur a door. If you make the door at one end of a long side then the other end is darker and they tend to nest at the dark end. You can then put a litter tray inside at the other end and he’ll probably use it.
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:39 AM   #3
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:41 AM   #4
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https://www.rodipet.co.uk/houses/rod...t-rodents.html
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Old 11-15-2019, 07:49 AM   #5
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If you just want a corner shelf, I have used this one a few times and really like it. Can only get it from German amazon - not too expensive but the postage adds to the cost. It is well made and lightweight and fixes to the cage really easily. It would work well sitting just above one of the houses linked above - then you have two shelves and they like sitting under one and nesting in the house. On its own it might not be big enough to nest under - a bit smaller than the Savic shelf you have.

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Old 11-15-2019, 09:55 AM   #6
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Thank you so much for the ideas.

Do you think a flying saucer would be ok on the top of the rodipet one? I am just trying to imagine it using a ruler and some paper :0)
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Old 11-15-2019, 10:37 AM   #7
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Is this for a dwarf hamster or a Syrian? A 12” Syrian flying saucer wouldn’t fit on top of the Rodipet house and be secure. A 6.5” dwarf hamster saucer would I think.

When I had that cage (it wasn’t actually the hamster heaven but similar Savic cage same size) I had it with none of the shelves or plastic stuff etc. Just had the large house on one side and the wheel in the opposite corner at the back.

If it’s for a Syrian they do need an upright wheel no smaller than 8” diameter and 11” ideally. They can have a saucer as well but it needs to be the 12” one so both would take up a lot of space. For a dwarf hamster then a saucer wheel is fine - they run differently in them being smaller, and the 6.5” saucer is fine but they also enjoy an upright wheel as well

Anyway if you take the green shelf out - the one with the holes in - as well, you have room for the wheel
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Old 11-19-2019, 01:18 AM   #8
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Ronnie is campbell dwarf. He has a 9" silent runner in his cage and the flying saucer is a 6.5" so I am thinking either of the ones suggested should be ok so thank you again.
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