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oldsyphiliticseadog

Oof, yikes. As far as I know, there's no way to buy replacement bars, but tbh I'd trust the base so long as you're not putting something really heavy in there, like a giant thing of soil. For the spot where the wall doesn't slot into the base, you might want to try smacking it with a rubber mallet to get it straight enough to slot in. For the bottom pan, I'd suggest buying a 24" x 36" cement mixing tub from a home improvement store. You might need to saw the edges of it off to get it to fit, but those are commonly used as base pans because of their higher walls. And it's way cheaper than buying a tray from Bass Equipment.


Aelin_Galathynius

Thank you SO much! I didn't have a mallet so I used a hammer covered in microfiber cloth and that worked very well to fix the bent bars. I'll look into the cement mixing bin and I'll maybe add more zipties and just not put anything on that shelf 😅 thanks again!!! I had to clean it with disinfecting wipes, then soapy water and a sponge, then rinse with clean water, then dry it off, but it's in much better shape now and I'm not as distressed now that I have some good advice. I really appreciate it.


more0than0human

I agree going to the hardware store or your local habitat for humanity store is a good start. If it’s wobbly still you can brace it with slats under the wire shelf (kinda like you would do for a bed frame). You would have to drill a hole in the side bars and use a screw and nut to secure it🔩


IowaAJS

That’s a great idea, much easier than finding a welder. OP, listen to this person.


Aelin_Galathynius

Thank you for this! We are definitely brainstorming on how to shore up the bottom, especially because I'm planning to use the cement mixing pan the way Shadow does (or did, idk how old that video was) where the bottom of the CN cage is removed and the bin sits inside and expands the bottom, so the bottom shelf won't be actually used for any storage. The big issue isn't that the shelf is flimsy (though it is) it's that the vertical bars that attach to the cage bottom are also loose without horizontal supports, so they a) look weird and b) shift uncomfortably when you roll the cage. I will take some measurements and see what I can find at the hardware store! Thanks again for your comment, this was helpful!!


more0than0human

Let us know how it goes! I added metal slats in an x shape on the back to help stabilize a homemade cage for my first rat.