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Old 10-20-2020, 07:14 AM   #11
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With they detolf being a display cabinet couldn't a glass shelf be used as a secure chew proof divider?
Of course the glass would need to be covered with a mat or something so its not transparent.
Or use two shelves with a gap of a couple of inches and fill the gap with substrate.

My way of thinking is the following:

Better to have two dwarf hamsters in two ca 70cm long cages than have one hamster in a huge cage because that's one more hamster saved from possibly ending up in a Spelos type cage.

I don't think a dwarf/dwarf or dwarf/robo detolf share would matter because i have hamsters living side by side.

Right Petite, where shall we run for cover, lol.
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Old 10-20-2020, 07:37 AM   #12
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Half a Detolf internally would be pretty small for any species. While it may not be the smallest ever(~468 square inches per side), it really isn't something I could ever recommend for a variety of reasons.

There are better alternative options for having multiple hamster cages without having them live in the same enclosure just with a divider. I believe Serendipity has a sort of rack system using shelving and that would be much better - plus it would take up significantly less room than just dividing a Detolf, especially with dwarf species since you can still have 80 cm x 50 cm cages and such for them instead!

ETA I do think the question of dividing a Detolf was still a very good question. I can definitely understand where others come from in terms of trying to figure out more convenient housing when they have multiple hamsters, even if it isn't really a great option.
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Old 10-20-2020, 10:22 AM   #13
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I have a zoozone 2 for my robo and honestly can't fault it. I agree with Amity regarding the split detolf. Don't get me wrong, it can be done and some people have split detolf for their dwarves no problem but it's not something that I'd do personally
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Old 10-21-2020, 11:26 AM   #14
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With they detolf being a display cabinet couldn't a glass shelf be used as a secure chew proof divider?
Of course the glass would need to be covered with a mat or something so its not transparent.
Or use two shelves with a gap of a couple of inches and fill the gap with substrate.

Better to have two dwarf hamsters in two ca 70cm long cages than have one hamster in a huge cage because that's one more hamster saved from possibly ending up in a Spelos type cage.

I don't think a dwarf/dwarf or dwarf/robo detolf share would matter because i have hamsters living side by side.

Right Petite, where shall we run for cover, lol.
Thanks, Ria, for your helpful reply. Yes, I agree about saving another hamster from a Spelos type cage. I also agree about using the glass shelves as a divider, with two sandwiching a piece of cardboard so that they can't see each other. I don't think it's likely that two sheets of glass could be breached. Each cage would then by 80 x 40 cm (I have just measured it), which is approximately what people have suggested in this thread as being suitable for a robo. It's certainly a great deal larger than cages I've used in the past (but wouldn't condemn a hamster to again.)

We don't really have anywhere we could safely put another cage, and having splashed out on the detolf earlier this year, I can't really run to a rack system as well, although agree it's a good idea (thanks, Amityville).

Many thanks, Luna, for the robo food thread. It sounds like I will have to bite the bullet and invest in some mealworms - but not the live variety!

I'm not going to rush into this, but it's good to have food for thought. I would hope that by doing this I would also not be left in the very unhappy hamster-less position I was in in January, with Theo's untimely passing.

Thank you to all for this helpful feedback.
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