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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-27-2005, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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Make-your-own pan for custom cages

I was just looking over the plans for PDJenn's custom cage (it's so beautiful ) and saw that the "instructions" noted to use a few under-bed storage bins that don't quite catch everything ... I was wondering if you guys thought of maybe using cloroplast to make one the proper size so nothing can miss? It's what I am considering using

I don't know much about cloroplast but they use it to make cages for guinea pigs (see here) so you wouldn't think it would stain or absorb odor ... it's basically corrugated plastic that you can cut and tape into a box shape with packing tape. It comes in sheets of 4x8 feet and if it's large enough to make a decent-sized guinea pig cage out of one sheet, it's probably large enough to make a litter pan out of one, too I don't know how strong it is, but they use it to make packaging so it would probably hold litter. Anybody wanna test it out?

The product and company's official website is cloroplast.com.

I also thought of getting a sheet of metal and cutting/ soldering but that's a lot more work


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I realize this thread is old but I have some input.

Not sure how much prairie dogs like to chew, but the coroplast might work. Can you make a grid cage and set it in the pan, so the coroplast is on the outside of the wire? Or are you set on a melamine cage? If the pan needs to slide in, like in a melamine cage, I would be worried they'd chew it (I know chinchillas would).

Galvanized pans would work great but they're costly to buy/ship. Wish I knew how to make them myself because my chins need them! DaMar's sells them at custom sizes at reasonable prices, have you looked at their website? http://www.damars.com/


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I realize this thread is old but I have some input.

Not sure how much prairie dogs like to chew, but the coroplast might work. Can you make a grid cage and set it in the pan, so the coroplast is on the outside of the wire? Or are you set on a melamine cage? If the pan needs to slide in, like in a melamine cage, I would be worried they'd chew it (I know chinchillas would).

Galvanized pans would work great but they're costly to buy/ship. Wish I knew how to make them myself because my chins need them! DaMar's sells them at custom sizes at reasonable prices, have you looked at their website? http://www.damars.com/
Thanks for the input! No matter how old a thread of mine is, I'm always glad to hear from someone on it

As for how much the p-doggies love to chew, well, they absolutely do LOVE to chew! If I had a penny for every time I had to stop mine chewing on things (he loves to chew on book spines, headphone covers, my blankets and clothes, and pencil erasers mostly) ... lol. Also loves to chew cardboard but I let him chew that to his heart's content. Any wood blocks I give him to chew, even the flavored ones, he won't touch, so it's good that he will the cardboard.

ANYWAY. Got a bit off-topic there, sorry But, with PDJenn's cage, I don't think it will be a problem. It's not a drop-in pan like the melamine cages, but an under-cage pull-out pan, under the metal mesh bottom of the cage ... so them chewing it would not be a problem.

Have you seen the photos of her cage? It's gorgeous!

Yes, a galvanized pan was my ultimate wish. I hadn't been able to find a place that will do them, so thanks for the link! I had been worrying that I would have to just get the sheet metal and then soldier it myself ... which I can do but it wouldn't be the most fun part of building the cage. I'll be looking into that link though, thank you!!


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Yes I have seen Jenn's cage, it is awesome. I have a melamine cage that is kind of similar (it's the penthouse seen here) and it's for sale! Too bad you don't live closer...
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Where's PDJenn's custom cage... off to search for it but in the meantime, point me to it pleasseeeeeeeee!
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Jenn's cage is awesome, and I must say I love yours too Plummie! Do you have a prairie dog, or something else? All those ledges look downright dangerous for our doggies!


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That is a chinchilla cage, I don't have a prairie dog.


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I thought I'd post my cage plans for anyone who would like to build a safe, but nice looking cage.


Here is my cage
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ethomecage.jpg

Here are my cage specs.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...agefront11.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...desapart10.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...backsides9.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...pdogcage28.jpg

I've helped a lot of people build my cage, but Jan Wilks helped me so much by making written instructions. I sent her detailed pics and had many phone calls with her and her husband to explain how to build it that I can't in e-mails.

Jan's Cage
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...n/JansCage.jpg It's too funny because I like her's better.

Here are the written instructions along with pics of my cage. They really did a great job!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...TRUCTIONS1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...TIONS-PG12.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...TIONS-PG23.jpg
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...TIONS-PG88.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...TIONS-PG99.jpg


I'm more than happy to help walk anyone to building it so please call anytime! May God Bless you all!!!

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Hi pdjenn!
I sure do miss you. Gus and Lulu are doing really great. They are big now. Gus will let me hold him sometimes. Lulu is Lulu. She's so smart. Somehow she chewed a couple of bars in the lower door and got out, but she runs up to me to pick her up and hold her, and she still has that big smile. Moe and Tallulah love the pups and they are all doing well. It's fun to see them sleeping together. I did take some pictures of them, but haven't developed them yet.

I'm ordering a better cage for them. As I worry about them getting cut from Lulu's chewing into the wires.

Hope to hear from you someday. I really, really miss you.
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I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that! There's so much ego and backstabbing going on in the pd community that it's nice to hear the good news for once. You're a great mommy and you deserve them! God Bless!!!

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Yes I have seen Jenn's cage, it is awesome. I have a melamine cage that is kind of similar (it's the penthouse seen here) and it's for sale! Too bad you don't live closer...

That's an awesome cage, but I have to give a word of caution: because that cage is made for chins I would not recommend anyone putting a pd in it. There's several reasons for caution the first one I noticed is the chance of a fall. Pd's have no depth perception and will jump or fall from any height breaking legs and backs. That cage could be customized for a pd, but one would need add full floors and cover any and all exposed wood. I just wanted to add that. God Bless!!!

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I'm so worried. Lulu broke an upper tooth chewing on the cage. I'm watching her, she's eating okay, but I don't have a reliable vet around here.

I wish I could hear from someone who can tell me of a vet in the northern central Connecticut area. Pdjenn isn't answering me so I think she is angry with me. I don't know why. Could be something Betsey said to her. But I'm not sure. I admired Jenn and was glad to get advice from her. But if there is someone out there as knowledgable as she is I'd like to hear from you for help. I love my little babies and want to keep them safe, happy and healthy. Thank you.

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Can you take a pic of her tooth and let us see it? Your pd's teeth from your description are now not level and will not grow properly, if one tooth is broken that will need to be levelled off? Leaving it as it is may well cause even more problems for your pd so you should do all you can to find a suitable vet - ring any vet and ask them for a recommendation?

I'm sure that if you contacted Jen with your worries about your pd, she will answer... she may well have a problem with you, I have no idea, but she won't have a problem with helping a prarie dog I'm sure?

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I wish I could, but I don't have the equipment to do that. The front tooth is broken at the gum line. It's the tooth on her right, or my left when I have her facing me. She is stubborn and won't let me take a closer look. Now I'm really scared. I really need a reliable vet none in this part of MA, so it must be Northen Central part of Connecticut. Do you know of any?
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