Hamsters like small crawl spaces and love to venture out of their cages for some playtime. Pet stores sell a variety of hamster play houses. Most are the plastic tube or ball type, and you may end up spending a lot of money by the time you get everything you want. With a smaller investment and some common tools and supplies, you can craft a few different types of play houses.
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Things you need
- Empty tissue boxes
- Razor knife
- Cardboard tube
- Small drill bit
- Hole cutter drill bit (hole saw)
Cut the plastic out of the openings in the tissue boxes. This hole will be the door to the house.
Place two different-size tissue boxes next to each other. Cut a hole in each boxes where they can be attached. Tape the boxes together.
Tape a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels or wrapping paper between each tissue box. Make sure the tube is wide enough for your hamster to run through. This will add interest to the house, instead of it being just boxes.
Expand the play house as large as you want, using different sizes of boxes and long and short tubes.
Drill three holes into the coconut in the three black spots on the bottom, using a small drill bit.
Drain the milk from the coconut.
Drill two holes in the coconut using the hole saw. Drill the first one where the three smaller holes are. The other can be across from the first hole or on the side. Your hamster will use these holes as doors.
Drill only one hole in the coconut if you want your hamster to sit in the coconut without a second exit.
Place the coconut in a large bowl and carefully chip out all the coconut meat with a knife. By the time you get to the centre, the meat should come out in big pieces.
Dry the coconut shell overnight by a heater. The coconut home is now ready for your hamster.
Tips and warnings
- The play house can be set up in the cage if there is enough room, or it can be taken out and used without the cage.
- Keep your eyes on your hamster the entire time he is in his play house. Remember to put him back in his cage when he is finished playing.
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