Preparing for Transit!

I have been stressing out about the hamsters and gerbils with the upcoming move over the summer. We will be taking 30 days leave out. So, for almost 30 days we’ll be homeless. In that time we’ll be visiting family. Traveling over halfway across the country and stopping for the night in hotels. And then we’ll arrive at our destination and set up home in a hotel for however long it takes for us to find a good house to rent in area.

This military life …it’s not for the weak. You have to have a nomadic spirit.

So, in anticipation of this I have put ALL rodents in bin cages. Their travel/temporary homes. I wanted them VERY adjusted to their cages ahead of time. They are all older. Maybe even considered elderly. And not as active as they were. So, I do not feel too terrible about it. But they are ALL in smaller quarters now. Still above and beyond the ASPCA recommendations but short of the RSPCA standards. However, I do the best I can. I can’t fit their huge cages into my van and cannot carry them about in them from hotel room to hotel room. And I will not put them in small travel cages for over a month. This is a happy medium.

The gerbils have been the most difficult to figure out. They have to have a topper. This much I know. They bury their water bottle and food bowl and sand bath (potty) so all those things must be in a topper. And they enjoy their topper. I can’t take it away even for a travel cage.

So, I googled bin cages for gerbils with toppers and found this very helpful post at the Gerbil Forum.

And this was my version of it. Thanks again to the person who posted their gerbil bin cage with topper idea!



IKEA Hack Caging, Sharing Kerri’s Custom Hamster Caging.

I am so excited to post this!

My friend Kerri has a way with DIY. She has made some fabulous Bin Cages for her hams. But she decided to go even further by the conversion of IKEA shelving and tables (yes tables!) into magnificent, classy, attractive housing for her hamily. Her first hack was with IKEA Billy Shelving. She converted the Billy into a home for her first dwarf hamster Smudge but it is now home for her Chinese ham Pippa. That was awesome enough. However, recently she created her dream cage for her Syrian Darwin by converting the IKEA Lack Table! And this has blown me away! She was so kind to allow me to feature her work onto this blog. Most of you know how I adore creative, lovely hamster housing. So, it being my friend I am exceptionally thrilled.

Below are photos showing the red & white LED lighting, a link to her tutorial showing how she made the Ikea Lack Table cage (the Billy Hack for her dwarf is the cage on top of the Lack Table cage and at the bottom of this post I posted links for that too) and her video tour.

kerri cage

For a Full Tutorial on how she made this cage visit Hamster Central hamster forums – CLICK HERE FOR HER POST. 

And the video Cage Tour which I had been waiting for not so patiently for after seeing her pictures!

Her IKEA BILLY HACK CAGE for Dwarf Hamsters
If you are interested in her IKEA BILLY HACK for dwarf hamsters (the cage on the top of the Lack Table Hack cage here is her post on that one at Hamster Central Forums CLICK HERE

And a video of her IKEA Billy while beloved Smudge was still alive *sniff*
This video also shows the awesome platforms she made with wood dowels and other converted IKEA products.