Best Way to Make a Hamster Bin Cage without Mesh

Are you looking for the best way to make a hamster bin cage without mesh? I didn’t want to use window screen or wire of any type. Tinkerbell is a chewer. She would likely gnaw right through it in less than 24 hours – if she could reach it. I think maybe it’s because she has run of the house every night. She runs in her clear acrylic ball through the house. She isn’t under stress. It wouldn’t matter how large her cage was. Some chew more than others, and she doesn’t like being cooped up. She would prefer to run in her ball all night long, but that wouldn’t be good.

Best Way to Make a Hamster Bin Cage without MeshCan I Just Drill Holes in the Bin Cage Lid?

Someone suggested drilling lots of holes instead of adding a mesh panel in the lid. It sounds like the easiest way to make a hamster bin cage, but it’s not a good idea. The reason you shouldn’t just drill holes has more to do with temperature than oxygen. Inadequately ventilated cages are warmer inside. Imagine being confined to a plastic room. Small holes wouldn’t be enough to let in fresh cool air in.

Don’t underestimate your hamster’s abilities either. Leave the lid off and he might escape. They have the amazing ability to make tools for climbing. My hamster’s igloo is more than just a hideaway. She moves it around to use as a ladder. She gets inside, hunches her back up, and walks to relocate it. They’re smarter than people realize! They’re also capable of stacking things to reach high places.

It’s the Best Way to Make a Hamster Bin Cage without Mesh or Wire

Look at the photos to see how to make a hamster cage using a plastic container. You won’t need mesh or wire. What you will need is a 10 gallon aquarium screen lid.They’re used to transform aquariums into reptile cages. My tank topper includes holes for tubes and water bottles, but that type is nearly impossible to find now. A Kaytee Critter Trail Tank Topper will work, but you can also use a reptile tank topper lid. Simply cut openings in the top side of the bin for the drinking tube and the hanger.

The Easiest Way to Cut Through a Plastic Lid

Easiest Way to Cut a Plastic Lid

As you can see from the photos, I started with a clear 110-quart bin with a lid. I traced around the base of the screen lid tank topper using a fine-tip Sharpie marker. I left a 1/2″ lip all of the way around to support the topper. Don’t make the mistake of trying to use a steak knife to cut the plastic! It will shatter and/or split. You have to use a sharp box cutter.

Tape off the lines with duct tape. It will help to prevent the plastic from shattering or splitting when cut. To avoid shattering or cracking the plastic, hold the blade of the box cutter in a candle flame for a few seconds. It will enable you to cut through the plastic like butter. Be very careful! Follow these easy step-by-step instructions on the best way to make a hamster bin cage without mesh, and give your hammy more room for a whole lot less.

Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Make a Hamster Bin Cage without Mesh or Wire

  • Buy a 10 gallon screen lid
  • Mark the lid about 1/2″ in from the topper edge with a Sharpie
  • Use dots to determine where the lines need to be
  • Apply duct tape around the outer edge of the lines to prevent shattering and splitting while cutting
  • Heat the blade of a box cutter using a candle flame
  • Carefully cut the opening for the hamster bin cage lid topper
  • Use hot glue or E6000 adhesive to attach the topper or screen lid to the bin lid
  • Drill 5 mm holes around the top portion of the bin for added ventilation
  • Make holes for the water bottle wire and a slit for the holder on the side of the bin

How to Make a Hamster Cage with a Plastic Tote

No Nuts, Bolts, or Mesh Will Be Needed

I consider this the best way to make a hamster bin cage without mesh. I didn’t use bolts, nuts, or wire either. Sure, I had to buy a tank topper, but it worked exceptionally well. I would have spent just as much on the hardware and the mesh or wire as I did on the topper. Now I don’t have to worry about my hamster escaping or not having enough space for comfort. It was much cheaper to make a hamster cage with a plastic tote. It’s much safer than those flimsy plastic tube hamster cages. It’s a whole lot roomier too! Those colorful plastic cages should never be used since they don’t provide nearly enough space.

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