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Why Choose a Hamster Bin Cage?

Updated on April 3, 2013

Introduction

To prepare a hamster bin cage for your hamster, all you’ll need is a plastic storage bin, some basic tools, wire mesh and sufficient patience to finish the project. Instead of spending a small fortune on a prefabricated hamster cage, you can make a wonderful hamster bin cage yourself.

What Exactly Is a Hamster Bin Cage?

A hamster bin cage is just an enclosure for your pet made out of a plastic storage container. With its suitable size and shape, a handy storage bin makes an exceptional hamster cage. It allows enough floor space for your animal, while keeping your costs to a minimum.

Advantages of a Hamster Bin Cage

There are several benefits with this type of hamster cage. A distinct advantage is that it meets the needs of your pet and yet is easy on your wallet. Plastic storage bins are perfect for hamster cages because often they are translucent or clear, which allows you to see in and your hammy to see out. While you will need a mesh top and ventilation holes, you don't have to concern yourself with making mesh windows. A hamster bin cage, made from a plastic storage container, is a single piece that is effortless to lift, transport and move around. It doesn’t involve convoluted accessories or tubes that might dislodge or come loose. As a bonus, you won’t need to worry about your hamster growing too large for the bin cage as with a pet store cage.

Dimensions and Typical Materials to Use

If you’re wondering how big a bin to purchase, it ought to be at least 12 x 24 inches to 24 x 36 inches in floor space and about 24 inches tall. A good size is 20 x 30 x 24 inches, although bigger is better. Opt for a large bin with ample floor space. It should be a comfy size to provide accommodations for one or two hammies, along with a plastic exercise wheel and any toys that you can afford. If the container doesn’t come with a lid, get a lid that matches. Usual materials for constructing a hamster bin cage include the following: drill, drill bits, utility knife or hacksaw, picture wire or other flexible wire, wire mesh, wire cutter, glue gun, nuts, bolts and washers, machine screws and a permanent marker. You will also need to install a water bottle for your hamster.

Safety Considerations

Ventilation is crucial to allow air to circulate inside the bin cage. Drill holes all around the unit to prevent the ammonia from urine mounting up. As with any kind of hamster cage, there's a slight risk that your pet will escape. It is very unlikely, though, with a hamster bin cage. When working with power tools to modify the cage, ensure that your hands are dry so that the tool won’t slip. Using hot glue guns can be dangerous and cause serious burns. Be careful. Remember, think "safety first" and always use common sense.

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