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Make an Easy DIY Hamster Hammock
A pet hammock is a great addition to your pet's lifestyle and little home. While larger hammocks are common for cats and dogs, small hammocks are underrated little furnishings that are perfect for tiny pet animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, mice, rats, ferrets, and chinchillas.
While you can always purchase a hanging hammock from a pet store, for about $10 or more, making one at home will be a lot cheaper with materials around the house. Treat your furry family member to a cozy soft material that he or she can get comfortable in. Besides, a do-it-yourself hammock can be made in a few simple steps without any sewing expertise.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Gather Your Pet Hammock Materials
Only three materials are needed for a pet hammock: fleece fabric, a pair of scissors, and measuring tape. Although you can select other types of fabric around your home, fleece with just a bit of stretch will lend your pet project the best results. You can always choose your fleece material from an old sweatshirt or explore other similar snuggle-worthy materials like flannel.
Measure Your Cage
After you've decided on a fabric type, figure out where you want to place your hammock. Then, measure the width and length so that you can ensure that it will fit across the entire width of the cage (in order to attach it to the sides). While the length of the hammock remains flexible, it's recommended to make sure that both ends can be tied to a vertical cage bar support for a strong foundation.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Cut the Fabric
Once you've measured your cage, you can begin to cut your fabric. Simply cut a piece of fleece that's about 2 inches longer, and 2 inches wider, than the desired dimensions of the finished hammock.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Cut Slits in Each Corner
Go ahead and cut slits in each corner of the fabric. Make sure to cut about 2 inches diagonally in from each corner. This will create small ties in every edge of the hammock.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Tie the Corners to Your Cage
Tie the fleece piece into position in your cage. This can take a bit of stretching and fiddling around with, as you'll want to pull the sides of the hammock in nice and tight, to keep it from sagging. If necessary, you can cut a bit deeper into the corners to make the ties easier to work with.
Once all the corners are tied, you can level your hammock out so it's ready to go.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Make a Bigger or Smaller Hammock
To make a bigger hammock for your pet, you can cut one side of the fabric at an angle. Take advantage of the different spaces in your pet's cage by getting creative the shape of the hammock.
You can also make your hammock smaller than the DIY instructions to fit smaller cages. Simply cut a triangle, to fit in one corner of the cage, and tie it at the three points.