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Old 06-30-2020, 01:16 PM   #11
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Thank you! I only measured the top, and that's why I thought the measurements are correct.
Right now, I will put the mesh on that one, but I'm already building a wood cage, using wood my parents had here and that wasn't needed.
The measurements of are 89,5 x 62 x 51 (cm)
Me, my dad, and my boyfriend, will spend the next couple days, making the cage.
Are those measurements enough?
Yes, they're a great size for any hamster. With the new wooden cage you'll be able to get a dwarf or a Syrian hamster. I'm looking forward to see the cage and your future hamster.
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:11 PM   #12
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Thank you Serendipity. My godmother, who lives in Jersey, is looking for plasti-kote in the stores near her. She said sheíll tell me if she finds what I need. If not, thanks to you, I already know where to buy. But the weird thing is rodapťs seems like it doesnít have any costs related to shipping to Portugal, and thatís awesome!!
As for the brushes my dad as lots of them (he sells tings for construction, including varnishes, but he didnít had any that was pet safe...) so that wonít be a problem
Thanks a lot!
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:13 PM   #13
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Thank you again Ria!
I’ll update you as soon as I can, with probably more questions, or just to know about new opinions since I’m quite nervous and anxious about being able to provide the right care for such a tiny creature
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Old 07-01-2020, 06:03 AM   #14
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Thank you again Ria!
Iíll update you as soon as I can, with probably more questions, or just to know about new opinions since Iím quite nervous and anxious about being able to provide the right care for such a tiny creature
We've all been there! I only started keeping hamsters last year and came across this helpful forum when i searched the internet for information. I didn't know anything about hamster care and bombarded the good people here with endless questions and queries. They taught me so much and i'm still learning. Keep in mind that you're not alone and anything you want to know, anything that worries you or anything you'd like to share, you are amongst likeminded people here.
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Old 07-01-2020, 06:59 AM   #15
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We've all been there! I only started keeping hamsters last year and came across this helpful forum when i searched the internet for information. I didn't know anything about hamster care and bombarded the good people here with endless questions and queries. They taught me so much and i'm still learning. Keep in mind that you're not alone and anything you want to know, anything that worries you or anything you'd like to share, you are amongst likeminded people here.
Thank you! You're all amazing people
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Old 07-01-2020, 07:21 AM   #16
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Just give your hammy loads of substrate and a nice big house that's dark inside and they'll be happy. Plus a wheel and toys of course. You also need to suss out their personality - some are very shy and retiring - some a lot more active and gregarious. A shy hamster can feel a bit nervous with space so then you need plenty of overhead cover - as in plenty of floor toys and tunnels - larger ones are good too - so they feel safe moving around the cage. Generally you don't want too much open floor space anyway or they'll just stick to the edges - so plenty of things to fill up the cage. Things like cardboard egg boxes and tissue boxes make good extra hidey places and cardboard toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes.

A good house/nesting box can be made from a shoe box. For a dwarf maybe a child's size shoe box or smaller shoe box. You cut the base out and keep the lid as a lift off roof and the house sits on top of the substrate, open underneath. Cut a hole for a door at one end of the one of the long sides (this makes the other end darker and they tend to nest at the darkest end). If you put a litter tray inside as well - opposite the entrance - they may even use it!

A lift off roof is good on a house/nesting box as it means you can check inside/empty the litter tray without having to remove the house so it means their nest doesn't fall apart. They are very precious about their nests - and you can leave the nest alone for a very long time as long as it isn't pee'd in. Which sometimes happens at first when they're new.

Assume you know about substrate/litter and nesting material? For nesting material,plain white toilet paper is best - it's safe and they like it. You just tear a few sheets into strips and put a pile of it in the cage on top of the substrate - but not actually inside the house. They choose where to nest, and pouch or carry the paper to where they decide to build their nest. This is why it's good to provide a good house or they can nest somewhere inconvenient! But they will almost always choose a good sized house that's dark inside, for nesting - it mimics a burrow.

For substrate there is a lot of choice. Most people go with paper based these days. Any wood shavings need to be labelled as kiln dried pine and dust extracted but there are a lot better alternatives including Hemp and Kaytee Clean and Cosy. Hemp is a bulk substrate so can be cheaper - or you can use a bit of both for variety.
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Old 07-01-2020, 06:34 PM   #17
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Just give your hammy loads of substrate and a nice big house that's dark inside and they'll be happy. Plus a wheel and toys of course. You also need to suss out their personality - some are very shy and retiring - some a lot more active and gregarious. A shy hamster can feel a bit nervous with space so then you need plenty of overhead cover - as in plenty of floor toys and tunnels - larger ones are good too - so they feel safe moving around the cage. Generally you don't want too much open floor space anyway or they'll just stick to the edges - so plenty of things to fill up the cage. Things like cardboard egg boxes and tissue boxes make good extra hidey places and cardboard toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes.

A good house/nesting box can be made from a shoe box. For a dwarf maybe a child's size shoe box or smaller shoe box. You cut the base out and keep the lid as a lift off roof and the house sits on top of the substrate, open underneath. Cut a hole for a door at one end of the one of the long sides (this makes the other end darker and they tend to nest at the darkest end). If you put a litter tray inside as well - opposite the entrance - they may even use it!

A lift off roof is good on a house/nesting box as it means you can check inside/empty the litter tray without having to remove the house so it means their nest doesn't fall apart. They are very precious about their nests - and you can leave the nest alone for a very long time as long as it isn't pee'd in. Which sometimes happens at first when they're new.

Assume you know about substrate/litter and nesting material? For nesting material,plain white toilet paper is best - it's safe and they like it. You just tear a few sheets into strips and put a pile of it in the cage on top of the substrate - but not actually inside the house. They choose where to nest, and pouch or carry the paper to where they decide to build their nest. This is why it's good to provide a good house or they can nest somewhere inconvenient! But they will almost always choose a good sized house that's dark inside, for nesting - it mimics a burrow.

For substrate there is a lot of choice. Most people go with paper based these days. Any wood shavings need to be labelled as kiln dried pine and dust extracted but there are a lot better alternatives including Hemp and Kaytee Clean and Cosy. Hemp is a bulk substrate so can be cheaper - or you can use a bit of both for variety.
Thank you. I'll have all that in consideration, and I’ve already bought everything like chews, the wheel, sand, substrate, food, and I’m making platforms and stairs to decorate the cage.
I’m hoping it will be done by tomorrow, at least the cage. And the DIY's I will be searching on different diy's so that I can make lots of things for the hamster to play. And I’ll be doing them even after having the hamster, since now, i have the basics, but I won’t stop making things for him/her to play with.
I also have a cardboard box to use as a nest house maybe, and I hope, in the next week, I will be able to do more of all the DIY's... including houses of popsicles or other cardboard.
Thank you so so so much!!
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