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I'm preparing for the arrival of Winston in April, and someone mentioned in a previous thread that I made that my cage was almost too small. I've since added a loft, and am wondering if it's big enough now?

The main cage measures 40.5" by 18", and the loft is 15" by 15", but a lot of that is taken up by his little hedgie dome. I'm attaching pictures. Sorry if they're a little difficult to see properly. I can't figure out how to get a good picture where the bars don't totally obscure everything. :|

Please note: I know that I need plastic up around the bars in the loft. I'm going out today to get more supplies. Also, is there anything else that I should add? I want to make sure that everything is ready before he gets here.
 

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Raise sides of loft. Will do.

Yeah, it's a giant comfort wheel. I tried to find a flying saucer, but the petsmart in my town only had the little ones. :? Is it okay? If Winston gets too big and starts rubbing against the middle bar I'll upgrade, but I figured it'll be okay for now.

I just typed up the entire process for making that loft and my computer decided to randomly delete it. :x I'll retype and post in a little while after I've gone for more hedgie supplies.
 

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Ok, so, how did I make the loft? With a LOT of frustration. :p I bought some of the cube shelving and coroplast with intent to make a loft in the style of C&C cages http://guineapigcages.com/ but discovered, upon getting home, that the squares of grating were WAY too big to do what I originally intended to, so I had to improvise.

First, I secured one square of wire grating into the bars of the cage using a TON of zipties. (probably around 70). I suspended the corner that's not against any bars with a large piece of string tied to the grating and the roof of the cage. Then I cut, scored, folded and taped the coroplast to fit on top of the grating. It explains how to do that in the link above. I also cut the hole for the tube at this point as well. I secured the coroplast to the grating by poking holes every inch or so, and using yet more zipties.

The tubing is just simple vinyl ducting. I squished it through the hole I cut for it in the coroplast, and then poked holes around the edges and secured it in place with… (guess) ZIPTIES! (I used a LOT of zipties…)

I'm currently in the process of adding plastic around the edges so that Winston won't be able to climb up and hurt himself. I'm just using vinyl from a fabric store.

The whole thing took me a LOT longer than it should have, because I screwed up. Twice. :x First I accidentally attached the grating to two different bars, so it was all crooked, and then I realized that I had made the whole thing too high up, and had to start over. One of these days I'll figure out the whole concept of "measure twice, cut once", I swear…
 

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I've actually altered the tube. I knew that it was too steep, and had plans to alter it before I even took the photos. I can post a picture of what I did, if you like.

As per some hedgehogs not wanting to use lofts, I know that's a possibility. (Though I hope Winston will like it! :p) The original cage without the loft is still 18" x 40", and therefore has plenty of room for his bed if he decides that he doesn't like his loft. ;)
 

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Well, I have my hedgehog, and I wanted to update... He's using the loft! I put his house and dishes back on the main level, and just put a couple toys and a pile of fleece scraps up top. Well, I brought him home yesterday, and this morning all of the fleece scraps were strewn about! He's been up there! So: Loft = Success!
 
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