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" :
- 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 !
Step 1: The Woodwork.
The basis of the cage is one of the planks made of MDF.
Cut the other one, with the jigsaw, into :
- 2 planks of 54 x 30 cm,
- 4 planks of 32 x 3 cm and,
- 2 other planks of 54 x 10 cm
(If it's not really clear in your mind, step 3 is going to clarify the question).
Stick up the linoleum on the planks, cut it if you need to.
The structure of the cage is made with wooden sticks/batons wood (3 x 3 cm). Cut them, with the jigsaw too, because we need :
- 4 sticks of 50 cm,
- 4 sticks of 47 cm,
- 2 sticks of 74 cm, and,
- 2 sticks of 54 cm.
Then, cut the wooden sticks (3 x 1) into :
- 2 sticks of 80 cm, and,
- 2 sticks of 60 cm.
Those ones will be to make a sort of barrier to prevent overflowing of litter.
Cut the reinforced corners in pine of 2m50 (2,5 x 2,5 cm) into :
- 4 reinforced corners of 47 cm,
- 2 reinforced corners of 80 cm, and,
- 2 reinforced corners of 60 cm.
They will add the finishing touches to the cage.
Cut the reinforced corners in beech of 2m (2 x 2 cm) into :
- 6 reinforced corners of 30 cm, and,
- 6 reinforced corners of 15 cm.
These ones will protect the wooden sticks inside the cage.