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Old 04-12-2022, 04:30 AM   #1
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I am considering getting a hamster. I am thinking of getting the Ritz cage.

Ritz Large Rat and Hamster Cage with Shelf - Black or Grey - Little Pet Warehouse

I am worried that the base of the cage won't be deep enough.

Also considering if a bin cage would be a better option but I'm terrible at DIY and don't own a drill. Could possibly get someone to help.

Looking for advice.
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Old 04-12-2022, 04:35 AM   #2
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Wham Crystal Clear Storage Box with Lid 133L | Robert Dyas

This is the bin I was looking at. Unsure where I would put food and water without a shelf.
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Old 04-12-2022, 05:05 AM   #3
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Hello Fluffy Unicorn. I just wanted to say, you can buy platforms for putting water and food on. I bought some from Etsy. I am terrible at DIY. I am having an enclosure made for me as I would never be able to make one myself.
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Old 04-12-2022, 05:32 AM   #4
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Thank you i will have a look for platforms
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Old 04-12-2022, 05:57 AM   #5
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Hi, I haven’t heard of that cage before but wanted to recommend the savic plaza: https://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/p...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

It’s 9.5mm bar spacing instead of 6.5mm so would be fine for a Syrian and I’ve heard people using them for Russian dwarfs but is slightly big. It’s 100x50 and has a shelf.

Also if it’s a smaller breed of hamster you’re looking for maybe the zoozone
Zoozone Habitat, Large, Blue https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002USE0JM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_BZDX72C52EZX1DZGCXZ9?_encodin g=UTF8&psc=1

Some people still mesh the top but it should be okay, if you wanted something without bars it’s better. There isn’t a shelf but you can get a standing one. To be honest you don’t really need food and water on a separate shelf if you don’t want to, mine aren’t. If you’re worried about mess or something you could put a bit of slate down under the food and water bowl as something solid. This one is over 100 but there’s ‘used-like new’ option for 78.

Alternatively people sell these second hand great condition for 30-40 on Facebook marketplace. I’m based in uk so hopefully this all applies to you.
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Old 04-12-2022, 05:59 AM   #6
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Lunathehamster also posted something recently on all bin cages and recommended cages if you want to check that out it might really help
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Old 04-12-2022, 08:05 AM   #7
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Hi, yes that cage should be fine, you can always add cardboard or grass mats to the sides if you wanted to add more depth for bedding as shown in this video:

More bedding in a barred Hamster Cage | Cosmic Hamsters - YouTube

if you haven't already seen it this thread on UK Cages might help:

UK Hamster Cages 2021
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Old 04-12-2022, 08:06 AM   #8
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I have used industrial strength velcro to stick water bottles to the side of bin/glass/perspex cages
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Old 04-12-2022, 11:08 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone for your help. I decided to order the storage bin. Just realised the lid is ridged... might be difficult to cut... thinking about ordering a rotary cutter. Turning into a bit of a mission. Kind of wish I hadn't ordered it now as don't know if it will work.
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Old 04-12-2022, 02:32 PM   #10
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I have made many bin cages and the easiest to cut are the really useful boxes and they have a flat lid. The 145l box is a good size. I use a Dremel with a pvc cutting disc and mesh the lid, a window and a back vent to ensure sufficient ventilation.
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