Improvised Transport Units
Transporter NameL x W x H (inches)CompletedDuring the time of
Transport box963½2003 DecBitoy
Transport carriage 112½8¼10¼2004 AprBoromir & Faramir
Transport carriage 21178½2005 (ongoing)Mocha Rurik
Evac (lite)1166½2006 MayIsnobol & Ispidbol
EVAC dahebi-w813¼10½15½2010 AprDoray Daga
The improvised houses, wheels and transport carriages presented here were constructed for my hamsters’ use only. I have no intention to suggest a design or plan of construction.
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(constructed in December 2003)
My first hamsters’ ‘transporter’ has a glass top and a wirescreen bottom. It was used for only a short period of time; Bigger carriages soon replaced it.
Photo: Hamster Boromir sleeping in the carriage
on a hot summer day (07 May 2005)
During the time of the Lupindilayks, the need for an immediate replacement of the smaller box paved the way to the construction of the first transport carriage. This was conceived primarily to ferry two of their siblings for adoption. The destination is roughly 150 kilometers from the town where we live. The trip took more than four hours.
Photo: Hamster Berio (22 Jul 2006)
More compact than the first transport carriage, this one was made for the returning Mocha Rurik. It has a utility compartment at the top for dry foods. Two deep containers can be fitted at the bottom for disposable absorbent material to collect the hamster’s urine.
Before this transporter was completed, my going out of town for long vacation became less frequent — so was the need to bring my hamsters with me. The construction of the second carriage was suspended.
Photo: Hamster Doray in the Evac, on-board a bus (01 Dec 2009)
The evac is a bit smaller than the second transport carriage. Made of plyboard from imported fruit crates, it was constructed in a hurry to ferry Isnobol & Ispidbol’s white male sibling to his prospective owner in Manila.
A middle partition was added for Doray Daga’s first 200-kilometer journey: One compartment is where she can sleep during the long afternoon trip, the other is where she can pee.
Photo: Doray Daga’s second journey (Apr 2010)
This transporter is the largest and heaviest, designed for long vacations. Evac-lite may or may not go hand-in-hand with it.
More photos can be seen in this link: EVAC’s maiden voyage (Tagalog post). Here’s the basic information about this transport cage:
There are times when I and my wife take our vacation in an unfamiliar territory. Friends or relatives we visit do give us a warm welcome; but to a household or neighborhood canine or feline pet, a hamster may be welcomed as a hearty dinner (that is horrible). The heavier EVAC also serves as an outer armor ‘jacket’ that can accommodate a lighter cage (with an exercise wheel) inside.
•There is a clearance between the grills of the outer and inner cages to prevent any part of the hamster’s body from sticking out. Except through the top door that can be locked, reaching the hamster from the outside is not possible.
•The double-partitioned walls are relatively noise- and shock-proof; No worries about air problem though — the cage has adequate ventilation.
•The hamster may stay inside the cage during the journey,
but the wheel (or any other loose material) must be removed
REMINDER: Long trips are generally not good for a hamster.
►Hamsters sleep during the day. If it’s a daytime journey — with lots of noises or vibration in its surrounding, the hamster won’t get enough sleep.
►Hamsters are nocturnal (very active at night) and want to get out of the cage. If it’s a nighttime journey — with a very small pet box, the hamster won’t be able to play well.
If vehicular travels with your pet can not be avoided, the hamster must feel comfortable in its transport cage to make the journey less stressful. If the hamster wants to get out and you can let it, well and good… But is it safe?