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Old 05-14-2021, 11:08 AM   #1
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Default Hospital cage ideas

Just wondering what others have used as a hospital cage for a Syrian (large Syrian!). Pickle is going to the vet to have a lump looked at and I am fairly sure it will need removing so getting organised. I used the Savic spelos once before but that was for a very old not very active hamster. I donít have it any more. The mini duna is a bit bigger than that but Iím wondering if itís big enough for a large Syrian (even as a hospital cage). On the other hand standard duna multi may be too big. Donít have a bin suitable and it will probably cost the same.
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Old 05-14-2021, 12:04 PM   #2
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What size are you thinking of Serendipity?
Asda have a plastic bin on wheels for £16 it's 84 x 54 x 44 cm

I've used the pets at home/savic rody small cage before
Savic Rody Cage AKA Pets at Home Medium Cage | Cosmic Hamsters - YouTube - which is slightly better than the spelos as squarer in shape.
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Old 05-14-2021, 12:28 PM   #3
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I'd go for the 64l rub if you have the tools and time to convert it. It's £16 at Morrisons supermarket at the moment.
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Old 05-14-2021, 01:15 PM   #4
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It’s for a hospital cage so I think it needs to be smaller than that - but not sure of the best size. I’d have thought 60cm but the mini duna is 55 and the standard duna 75. No way I could cope with making a bin cage right now! If it was for a dwarf an open bin might be ok but even a post op Syrian would need a lid I think! The 64 litre rub bin looks about the right size though maybe - 60cm internally.

Just wondered if anyone has used a hospital cage for a Syrian and a recommendation- ghosts in snow? I think the mini duna is probably ok but not sure.
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Old 05-14-2021, 01:34 PM   #5
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What do you need to put in a hospital cage?
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Good question. Not a lot I think. Substrate, a house, no wheel, no shelves, food and water. Maybe a tunnel. Not sure how long they stay in it either.
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Old 05-14-2021, 01:45 PM   #7
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I’m just going by vectis’s blog

Caring for your Hamster after Surgery - Vectis Hamstery
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Old 05-14-2021, 02:22 PM   #8
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I don't think a few cm here or there will matter to Pickle because he's not going to be in there for long.

I'd just get one off gumtree that looks suitable for purpose.
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Old 05-14-2021, 04:01 PM   #9
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I've ordered a mini duna. 55cm is probably fine for a temporary hospital cage when they're woozy and post op. It was only £23. I probably won't need it now I was pretty sure the vet would want to remove his lump - not so sure now I felt it again tonight - the lump is his scent gland - maybe it's a cyst or something. It doesn't seem infected. Oh well I can always send it back.
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Glad you got sorted Serendipity, sorry to hear about Pickle. Sorry I was rushing in my reply last night. Fingers crossed he is ok.
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