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I think that cages for animals are too small to satisify their need of space. Of course, I want the best for my little pet ... so I decided to make a place where she can have some fun and also be safe.
In this instructable, I will show you how to build your own cage for hamster (or for another animal if you want).

Here is a list of the tools that I am going to use :
     - a jigsaw
     - a hand drill
     - a hammer
     - a screwdriver
     - a stapler

And, here is a list of the "building material" :
     - nails
     - screws
     - staples
     - 1m² of linoleum (30,5 x 30,5 cm) to protect planks from urine, and it's so much easier to clean this than wood.
     - 2 planks of MDF/Medium Density Fibreboard (80 x 60 cm). You can choose another type of wood of course; I chose this one because it's cheaper than natural wood, and as resistant.
     - 3 wooden sticks of 2m50 (3 x 3 cm). I chose to take some pine for those; but if you're not taking this kind of wood make sure you're not buying a toxic one.
     - 3 wooden sticks of 2m (3 x 1 cm), made of pine.
     - 2 reinforced corners of 2m50 (2,5 x 2,5 cm), made of pine.
     - 2 reinforced corners of 2m (2 x 2 cm), made of beech. They are going to reinforce the structure and protect the wooden sticks from every attacks. Indeed, your hamster is probably trying to eat the pine so I chose a harder wood for the corners : beech (not toxic either).
     - 5m x 50 cm of steel wine mesh . Make sure you're taking one without paint and close enough that your hamster can't go through but can use it to climb (1 x 1 cm).

Now that I've tools and materials, I'm going to start with the woodwork !
draya1 year ago

Great Job! My hamie came to us pregnant, and one of the baby boys is growing up to b a very mischievous trouble maker.lol ;) He is a cage bar chewer and unfortunately got his tooth stuck, and yanked himself free:( He injured himself pretty badly and now can only eat soft foods.... lesson learned is that he CAN'T have a wire home!!

I've been interested in making my own cages for my hamster family- My son and I make lots of DIY toys and Play house's for them ... and yours is perfect plus you made great instructions. And now with our hamster `Perry Masons` accident , this project is absolutely necessary!



tweaver7 draya1 year ago

if your hammy is big on chewing bars/wires you could look into a bin cage, they are solid sided (just add metal mesh to the top of the lid) and usually pass the minimum size requirements

tweaver71 year ago

one problem with this is that the bottom is not deep enough, hamsters love to burrow and you didn't make the bottom solid sided to allow for deep enough bedding

waggy1011 year ago
Wow thats really cool
SO MUCH nicer than those ugly pet store habitats!! Our son wants a hamster for his upcoming 5th birthday and your instructable is PERFECT! thank you!
paganwonder3 years ago
Excellent craftsmanship and an awesome gift idea for my youngest child- maybe her gift will be the supplies, your 'ible and Dad's help with building! Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Holiday Season!
That's great! What a cute little guy. :)

I think you'll get more views if you put a photo of the finished cage as the main image - it's very nice!