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Old 02-20-2022, 09:04 AM   #11
suby6
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Default Re: Suddenly moving so much bedding around?

The wheel does have some small gaps where the 2 pieces lock together. I will see about covering them as well or i couod fill them with a dab of hot glue then wipe flat. Does have a sand bath using a hidey house on the top floor. Then the potty jar on the bottom also has sand witj a bit of bedding on top.

I appreciate the insight and suggestions. We have been learning so much this past month on care and needs amd trying to make ongoing improvements for little Robo. I do recognize that the cage is a bit small. Its also proven to have some really frustrating design flaws. I do intend to build a diy cage but that will have to wait as finances are tight at present. For now I have to work with whats at hand. I will cut away the plastic I mentioned for now as that will open the area up for him. Later I will make an ikea cage as the linnmon version seems large and easy to access and maintain.
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Old 02-20-2022, 12:18 PM   #12
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Sounds good if you can increase the size eventually. I know this sounds weird but I made a full setup for my current hamster in a slightly too small cage so when transferring I had the then replace and rearrange a lot of things. If you can I’d prioritise increasing the cage size then focus on its contents and rearranging to be adjusted to the correct size enclosure. It would’ve made my life easier instead of buying smaller house, then getting a bigger one, same with wheel and other bits.

As mentioned by Ria you can pick up a secondhand cage as well for cheap. I thought of diy myself before getting my cage but realised it would end up costing the same as buying a brand new cage. Mine is an Alaska and cost 20 from Facebook.

Also if you have any cork material I guess you could use that for the wheel or cardboard but I would definitely not leave exposed glue on it as hot glue guns have toxic glue. I use toxic free pva glue for any hamster crafts it’s just as cheap, if not maybe even cheaper. I don’t know if the gap could be fixed with pva on its own, that’s why I mention cork or cardboard but might struggle to spin or clean. A cheap solution could be to get a second hand wheel, I like Trixie wheels and you can pick them up for around 10. Mine is 28cm and think it was 11 on amazon. If you got a 21cm one they’re less than 10 and second hand you could pick one up for 3-5.
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Old 02-21-2022, 10:00 AM   #13
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Thanks again to you both.

I will check out the used listings again and keep an eye out for a cheap and bigger space. I've checked in past and really just saw small colorful junky cage kits being resold, or that people here tend to want way too much for their old used items. I am in British Columbia, Canada. Near Vancouver.

For now I did use my dremel yesterday and removed a large section of the plastic platform and moved the wheel to the cage bars at the back. It does seem much more open and functional for him this way and seems that he can run around that lower area more freely now.

I've been trying to avoid doing a full clean out and spot cleaning. Issue is he doesn't seem to go in one spot and lately with all of the moving of bedding he's done every night its really gotten all mixed up aside from what's under his hidey hut. I clean his wheel and replace the bedding under it but at this point the whole cage area seems to be smelling equally musky and can smell it from across the room at times. Have been trying to use a litter box but so far he seems to just treat it as a curious hang out spot or another place to stash some snacks and have a nibble.
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Old 02-21-2022, 11:01 AM   #14
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I've never met a potty trained Robo and have met quite a few because i rescue and rehome them. Robos don't seem to establish habits and routines the same way a Syrian does. I sometimes find a pee spot in the corner of a house or platform (both have removable tops so i can check without disturbing a nest) but mostly their pee seems to evaporate or gets absorbed by the paperbased substrate or ends up on their wheels.

I'm surprised that your Robo manages to pee so much that you can smell it from across the room.

I find that male dwarfs often have a musty smell about them which can be fairly strong. Our Robo's habitat smells musty even after a spot clean and our late male dwarf always reminded me of unwashed socks. It was a natural smell and i could locate him by following my nose.

Never noticed anything like that with our female dwarfs.
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Old 02-21-2022, 06:27 PM   #15
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Oh interesting. I actually don't know if ours is a male or female! Possibly its just that I smell then. I just can't imagine trying to check its gender with how timid and small he/she is
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Old 03-18-2022, 09:05 AM   #16
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I got a big lidded food container and have the tubing leading into that now and is a big external sand bath which seems to be a hit with our furry friend.

Have also since decided to replace this cage with a diy bin cage. (though spent $120cdn on it just a few months ago and will be hard to resell as I chopped a big section of the plastic tray out lol ah well..)
I wanted to make an ikea based cage but lack the power cutting tools needed to do it right, plus I think a bin will be easier to manage overall though not very nice looking. Also will be easier to access and interact with robo where existing cage makes that difficult. Unfortunately cages whether new or used seem very pricey here and limited options. Planning to use a 110L clear tote
Will post some pics once its made. Figure will be deep bedding on one side and wheel and sand bath on the other end with toys etc in between. Will need to look into options like branches, moss etc that will be safe and make it more natural.
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Old 03-18-2022, 09:23 AM   #17
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You can make a bin cage look attractive. After you've drilled the holes and cut out the lid and window, add decorative duck tape before attaching the mesh with cable ties, providing that's the method you are going for.

Here's an example of the lid of one of my transport boxes. There are many different tapes available.
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Old 03-18-2022, 09:27 AM   #18
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Woods like hazel, apple and pear are safe. I've used branches from my organic garden before but baked it at 100C for an hour before use to make sure any bugs or bugs egg are dead.
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Old 03-19-2022, 03:13 PM   #19
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ok cool thanks yes I plan to use zip ties to secure the mesh over the holes. I will see how clean I can make the holes and if not bad will skit the tape itself.

I don't have any fruit trees to access around here but I read that maple is ok as well and those are abundant here. I will be sure to heat it in the oven first as well. Will show pics once we get the bin made and hamster rehomed. Will be basic inside at first but will add more and more as we find suitable items. cheers
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Old 03-22-2022, 12:38 PM   #20
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To update here is what we made and the set up so far:
Made our first bin cage
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