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Old 06-01-2016, 12:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have had a friend off their old dresser for me to mess around with since I have been trying out ways to recycle old furniture instead of buying (college student, soon to move out etc, so no money for furniture XD )

I was looking through some ideas and I saw that some people had made their old dressers into cages for guinea pigs. Now i understand there will be differences with the animals and all, but assuming I repaint everything with an acrylic paint and sealant etc, make the fronts out of a very fine mesh to allow ventilation, possibly adding more vents to the sides as well, and can find a way to heat it... would this work?

it is a tall maybe 5 drawer dresser from what I've seen adn I was thinking of using the top three drawers for the cage, take out the outside (drawer front) and replace with wire, then somehow connect the levels.. i know tunnels aren't the best way to go, but poppy seems to do ok with those metal tubes for washers and dryers (the stiffer ones, not the crnickly ones) It would mean cutting holes into the bottoms of whatever my flooring is... but maybe?

Any ideas? Or has anyone on here made their own cages in a similar way and can offer advice? I really like the idea of getting my hog off the floor (hes in a closet floor C& C right now, not ideal with alaskan winters and hard to work around)
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Old 06-11-2016, 03:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Kaela,

I have never done this for any sort of pet, but my main concern would be the size... If it's standing up-right, it might not be big enough for a hedgie to live comfortably. From what I know, they need almost a "perfect" size, nothing too big or too small.
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Old 06-11-2016, 03:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's possible, but would be very difficult. You would need to seal everything very well to prevent mould and bacteria from developing. Mesh can catch hedgie toes and support climbing, so it's better to have a solid surface for the front bit (at least 10 inches up to prevent climbing). You would definitely need to figure out some form of ventilation. Heating and lighting could be a challenge, but I'm sure that other members will have good ideas.

The main challenge with the dryer tubes is that they can't really be cleaned, and would need to be replaced to get rid of the poop which would end up in the little ridges. Attaching them can also prove challenging. Depending on how big the three drawers are it could be quite a spacious, awesome cage.

It would, however take a lot of work. If you're up for it I would recommend searching through the old forum archives for people that have taken on similar projects.

Good luck!
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thank you for the notes. I had a friend who does more building than I do and he reccomended I not go through with this (origionally I had planned upright, then we toyed with turning the dresser on it's side and adding a second level only, still a nice size)Our main concern was heating everything evenly without overheating metal coil tubes and such.

so I think i will just use the dresser myself and maybe do a plastic bin condo for my boy.I thought I had seen someone connect several levels of bins using pvp so i may look into that.
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I guess it would be wise to take professional guidance. Try approaching Surplus Furniture a discount furniture warehouse(http://www.surplusfurniture.com/). They might help you in dealing with this situation.
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