A mouse cage can be bought easily in different shapes and sizes at almost any pet shops. However, it is usually very expensive to buy. Another alternative to buying a mouse cage is to build one yourself. As a mouse spends most of its time in its cage, it is vital that you build one that is large, dry and safe. Building a pet mouse cage need not be a difficult task. It is easy to build and can provide a good home for your pet mouse if built properly. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to build your pet mouse cage.
Tools and Materials Needed for the Job
- Duct Tape
- Heavy-Duty Plastic Bin with Lid with Locking Lid
- Snips or Scissors
- Drill Bits
- Machine Screws
- Steel Cloth (Galvanized, Holes smaller than ¼”)
- Sandpaper Metal File
- Razor Blade
Step 1 – Choose Plastic Bin
Choose a clear heavy-duty plastic bin. Make sure that you choose one that light is able to pass through. These plastic bins can be bought in most hardware stores. When choosing the bin, choose one that is large so that your pet mouse will not be able to escape by climbing over the top. Select one with a locking lid. To prevent your mouse from nibbling on any parts of the cage, choose a bin that has smooth walls.
Step 2 – Drill Holes
Drill holes with a drill and drill bit into the sides of the plastic bin for ventilation. Make sure that you do not drill the holes so low that your mouse can reach them.
Step 3 – Make a Window
Make a large window on the lid of the plastic bin for your mouse by slicing it with a razor blade. When slicing the lid, you may need to clamp the plastic lid down to the table top. You may need to gouge the lid with the razor blade several times before it will cut all the way through.
Step 4 – Cut Galvanized Steel Cloth
Cut the galvanized steel cloth into a square using snips or scissors. Cut it larger than the size of the window you sliced on the lid in step 3. This is to cover the entire window area.
Step 5 – Sand the Galvanized Steel Cloth
Cut any nibs of steel off from the edges of the galvanized steel cloth. Then, sand the rough parts down with a sandpaper metal file.
Step 6 – Drill Holes in the Galvanized Steel Cloth
Drill several small holes in the galvanized steel cloth along the sides of the window in the lid. This is to fasten the steel cloth to the lid in the next step.
Step 7 – Fasten the Galvanized Steel Cloth to the Lid
Insert machine screws into the holes of the galvanized steel cloth to fasten it to the lid’s underside. Attach the nuts to the machine screws to hold them together.
Step 8 – Finish the Pet Mouse Cage
Cover the edges of the nuts and galvanized steel cloth with duct tape.