Hi, and welcome to the home-made page! This is were I suggest ways for you to save money! You can email me your money saving tips and you name (so i can give you credit) to firstname.lastname@example.org (you name however is optional) Thanks! I hope to recieve and email from you, even if its just random junk like thanks for the tip or what-ever! Also I would like to hear your imput and if any of these tips have harmed your hamster or if you have another idea that may improve it!
Tip #1: How to make tubes that don't cost a fortune!
I know everyone want to make their hamster have lots of room to run around in! And they're thinking, I know I'll go to the store to buy some tubes to attach to the cage! Then fo sure my hamster will love me!
So you go to the store and procede to buy this set of tubes:
At Petco there $13.99 and at Petsmart they're $13.02. Just for that. if you were to cover your whole room with these tubes it would cost you at least $1000! Now thats and expensive way to make your pet happy.
I am here to save you though! I will tell you a way to save a fortune with thing your going to throw away anyway! Here are the tool you will need!
Hair drier (optional):
Knife or scissors (also try to get hardy scissors unless you can bare pain in your fingers for about 30 minuets!):
Tape (anys fine but the clear 2 inch duct tape works best):
Screw Driver (the pointer the better!):
Water Bottles (the more the marrier, this project also recycles and helps the planet! Another thing it the kind with the designs (like a wave) are best! See below, this one has the wave to help your hamster grip better):
Step 1: Using your cutting tool, carefully cut off the tops and bottoms of the bottles.
Step 2: If you want to be extra safe you can use sand paper to soften up the ends.
Step 3: For curves take the hair drier and put it on the hotest tempture it will go. Then heat up the selceted plastic and slowley bend it to form the bend you want.
Step 4: Tape the bottles together in any shape/pattern you want and attach it to the cage, see below for more details on how to do that -
A: If you have a 10 gallon tank be sure to make an L like tube shape so you can put one end in the tank as an entrance.
B: If you have a critture trail try taping it to one of the places where they allow you to extend the cage with store bought tubes or attach it to the tubes you already bought with tape.
Step 5: Watch your hamster roam around in their upgraded cage and go spend the money you had just saved!
Tip #2: Finally! I don't have to buy more hamster food!
Every hamster forum or yahoo.com/answers I go to everyone is always asking how do I make homemade hamster food! Well today you're going to find out how! This cost about $10 and last for about three months, I think its a deal! Also, try to get organic any thing when feeding your hamsters, it is better for them because no pesticide or artificial flavoring or any of the junk! :p
Here is what you need!
Dry, uncooked rolled oats
Puffed wheat cereal
* Quaker is best because it has no sugar content!
Puffed rice cereal
*Quaker is best because it has no sugar content
Total cereal (or something like it)
*Very nutrious because it has lots of vitamens and is recomened by vets
Roasted, unsalted, soy nuts
*Contain protien and prevent cancer
*Not all hamster like them (but you never know)
Any dried fruits
*Banana have potasiam
*Cranberries are good for the urinary tract
*All fruits have something good to offer
*Good for teeth
*Good source of carbohydrates which levels out with the soy beans
*Usual perfered with a shell
*Better for them during the winter
*Has nice varity like punkin seeds and oats
Get out a large mixing bowl and mix together the following ingredients
1/2 - 1 cup of: dry, uncooked roled oats
1 cup of: Puffed wheat cereal
1 cup of: Puffed rice cereal
1 small box of total cereal
1/4 - 1/2 cup of: roasted soy nuts
1/2 cup of: dried fruits
1/2 cup of: dried poasta
1/4 cup of: Sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of: Muesli
Step 2: Put the mixture into a large bag and you can change you hamsters food whenever you need to for about three months!
Tip #3: Cheap & Easy Bedding!
Bedding can get a little pricey, so why not make your own!
Step 1: tear the toilet paper up!
Step 2: Put it in the cage and wala!
Tip #4: Home-made play pen (1)
Playpens can be expensive, but at the same time to small! I'm going to teach you the easiest way to get a playpen!
These are about $10 for the large ones and $7 for the smaller ones. This is the more expensive way, but it has lots of space for hamster play time!
Tip #5: Home-made play pen (2)
Here's another idea for a play pen, but this one would be better if you have some wood lying around! You can use other things to replace it and I do not recomend using pine!
Step 1: Glue together the edges of each plank
Step 2: When glue is still hot get a credit card and scratch the inside of the wood to get of acess glue
Step 3: Glue towels to the bottom of the wood and cut off the outside towel.
Step 4: Let your hamster run around in its new play pen!
Tip #6: Hamster Coconut Home
Step 1: Drill two hole on either side of the coconut and allow the liquid to drain.
Step 2: Put the coconut in the freezer over night, (you don't have to do this but it is recomended)
Step 3: Drill a 5 cm hole in the coconut, this will be the entrance and exit. You can also drill in several hole if you like, but this is the simplest.
Step 4: Take out the flesh and eat whatever you scooped out, it should fall right out if you put it in the freezer.
Step 5: Wash out the Coconut and sand the edges of the hole is nessicary.
Tip #6: Hamster Ladder
1. Cut the square, 1 cm x 1 cm piece of wood into two pieces, both 20 cm long. These will be the sides of your ladder.
2. To make the rungs, cut the cylinder rod of wood into 4 pieces, each 6.5 cm long.
3. Lightly sand the edges of the cylinders and ladder sides to remove rough areas and sharp splinters.
4. Take ONE side of the ladder (1 cm x 1 cm). Using a drill bit slightly smaller than 0.5 cm, drill 4 holes every 3.5 cm, in the middle of the piece of wood width-wise, starting 3.5 cm from one end. You should now have 4 holes, with a 3.5 cm space between each.
5. Take the rungs and insert each one into a separate hole; since the holes were drilled slightly small, tap the rungs into place with a hammer. The rungs should be tapped in all the way. When they are all in place, turn the piece of wood on its side so that the rungs are pointing downwards. If any fall out, you'll need to use glue to hold them in place.
6. Repeat step 4 with the other side of the ladder.
7. You're now ready to put your ladder together. Take the two sides and match up the holes with the rungs; you may have to rotate one side to make them fit. Then, tap the rungs into the holes using a hammer. The rungs should be tapped in all the way. Once again, if any are loose, use a bit of glue to hold them together.