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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-02-2005, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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I am starting to look around at cages for my future degus. I would like to make my own, but that probably is not going to happen. I have been thinking of getting a Martin's cage but I'm not sure about the wire shelving. What if I bought a big wire cage and put my own wooden shelves in it? Which would be best? Thanks for any advice.
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Personally, I don't like wire bottom cages for any animal. I have used them in the past though and found covering them or replacing them with wooden shelves worked REALLY well. I'd go that route if I were you

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I have a cage simular to a Martins cage and mine have wire shelves which for the most part i have covered with carpeting (on their nest shelves) or perspex (which is easy to wripe clean) and both work well. You could also go down the wood route but you must be careful as a lot of woods are toxic to degu's even some of the pet store brought ones so if you are going to make your own shelves you will need something like kiln dried pine which you would get from a wood yard and thats normally ideal although some degus are prolific chewers and the shelves might not last too long

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-18-2005, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, I'm going crazy over at the Martin's Cage website.
Do you guys think it is better to have shelves (like the Rat Lodge), a whole second floor (like the Rat Retreat), or both! (like the Ferret Villa). And what can I use to cover the shelves that they won't chew???
I'm also considering the Quality Cage Chinchilla condo....
Anybody know of other good cage websites I could check out?
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PS I take it any type of wire coating is a bad idea?

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Try:

http://www.johnhopewell.co.uk/

i think they are a little bit pricey, but they have some that are specifically built for degus!!! and chincillas! and wheels!
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Firstly i wouldn't bother with the wire coating as in my experience it doesn't tend to last very long as the little critters normally work on it so it doesn't But every degu's different and some don't chew as much as others so you could get away with it

As for the cages out of all of those you listed my preference would be the ferret villa in style as its got a little more height than the other two you listed and thats important for degu's as more shelf space per degu and they also like to be high up to see things as they are nosey little critters! I also like the rat highrise and the rat tower as both have lots of space for hanging hammocks and tubes etc... for them to play in if that gives you any inspiration or help The link Sammy H gave you is a good one for inspiration for your cage so worth a look

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I agree the higher cages are better for degus.. Mine is on a few levels and I have hammocks and rope bridges for them to climb on, aswell as the shelves..

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Thanks guys!
Could I use tile to cover the wire shelves?? Plexiglass?
Would a melamine cage work or could they chew the walls?
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