DIY Small Animal "Curtains" Cage Accessory

DIY Small Animal 'Curtains' Cage Accessory

No sew, DIY, cheap, small pet cage accessory!

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Buying your pet accessories for their cage can be very expensive. Here is a cage accessory that my guinea pig loves to run through and hide inside! I call them his "curtains."

Before creating the curtains.

Before you create this cage accessory, make sure your cage is large and your pet has plenty of room to maneuver their cage if they do not like the curtains. Most cages bought at the pet store are NOT big enough for your small furry friend. For example, the guinea pig cages at my local pet stores (image above) are way too small for my guinea pig, Gus. Their largest bunny cages in store are close to the size that a guinea pig needs.

Next, make sure you have a wire top, or part of your cage has a wire top, similar to the cages above (but much bigger cages!). The wire top is where the curtains will hang from!

Step 1: Choose how wide you want the curtains.

Find some leftover material, preferably fleece, and decide how wide you want the curtains to be, and cut!

Step 2: Cut your material into strips

Make sure your strips are TALLER than the distance from the floor of the cage, to the wire of the cage.

Step 3: Make small 1/2 inch wide cuts into the strip.

Have you ever done a "no sew" fleece project before? Then this step is a piece of cake! Make inch long cuts no more than 1/2 inch wide.

Step 4: Select and stagger where you tie the curtains.

Make sure there is enough room for your critter to run through! When tying the curtains to the wire, be sure to double knot to make sure they do not fall off!

Step 5: Cut the curtains to the length you desire.

When you first tie the curtains, they will most likely be dragging on the cage floor. Personally, I do not like this, so I cut the curtains bit by bit until they are the length I prefer.

I recommend a half an inch off of the floor of the cage so your furry friend doesn't trip over the curtains, and the material isn't laying in their poop.

Step 6: Help your furry friend explore the new part of their cage!

Look at my guinea pig running through his curtains in the blink of an eye! He loves to run through them and hide in the curtains.

Gus was unsure of the curtains in the beginning. When I was first tying the pieces of material to the wire in his cage he was chattering his teeth at me. I thought I made a mistake.

After securing the fleece, I sat on the opposite side of the room to make him think I wasn't there. He still completely avoided the curtains in his cage.

So I went into my fridge and grabbed some lettuce leaves for him. I placed one near the curtains, and he ate it no problem. Then placed the next lettuce closer and closer until finally, he had to reach his head in to get the food. Once he realized he could walk through the curtains, he was running through them and inspecting them.

Gus has loved his homemade curtains ever since.

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How To Help Your Post Vacation Blues As Told By The Kardashians

They are real!

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When the end of an amazing trip comes some people may be left feeling sad or even depressed.

This can include loss of appetite, loss of interest, exhaustion, and nostalgia.

Post vacation blues are defiantly a real thing, so don't feel alone or 'crazy' if you feel that you are experiencing them.

And sadly we aren't all rich and famous like the Kardashains so we can't just take off on our private jet whenever we feel like it.

So how can you go on a super fun vacation, without having to come home feeling down? Here are 8 ways that you can try and help those post vacation blues.

1. Catch up on some sleep

Sleep

Kim trying to sleep

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While vacation is supposed to be relaxing, we all know that sometimes it doesn't always turn out that way and that early morning activities, time change, and jet lag can all cause you to be very tired.

To try and find the energy the next day to get back to your daily duties, make sure that you go to bed early and catch up on your sleep so that you aren't a zombie just going through the motions the next day.

Even uber famous people like Kim need to sleep!

2. Practice self care

Bath

Bath time

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Go to the gym, take a bath like Kim, or do a face mask.

Whatever makes you feel a little better and relaxed, go for it!

This is a great way to make you feel better and a little less stressed out about being back and having responsibilities.

3. Tell your friends about your trip

Friends

Unless you went on it with them, like Kylie does, excuse me I meant *did*

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Reliving your vacation by telling your friends about the great experience that you had is a great way to reminisce on it, but also get it out of your system.

Just make sure that it isn't all that you are talking about and that it doesn't come off as standoffish.

 4.   Write a travel blog or make a scrapbook

Blog

But instead of Tumblr, it'll be your blog

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This is yet another way to relive your vacation in a healthy way.

It can help you save the memories that you made on it, while helping you find closure.

If you make a blog, it could help other people out who are looking to travel there and a scrapbook is a good way to preserve the memory.

 5.  Catch up with people

Friends

Hang out with these kinds of people

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Spend your free time meeting up with friends and family members to talk about what you missed while you were away.

This is a good way to get you back into the rhythm of being back home and at staying engaged in your life that you put on pause for vacation.

6. Start planning your next trip

Planning

What you will be saying if you don't plan it early

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Sure you may be sad about your trip, but who said that you can't start planning a news one for the future?

Of course money and other obstacles can be boundaries against you being immediately able to go on another trip, but there is no harm in preparing for the future.

7. Keep yourself busy

Hobby

Hobby

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Finding a hobby that you enjoy or immersing yourself in your work is a great way to distract yourself from those blues.

So take Kris's advice and find a new hobby!

8. Think about what you have at home

Dogs

Kris clearly missed her dog, even though I think that is actually Kim or Khloe's

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Sure being on vacation can be fun and a great escape, but surely there are things at home that you missed.

Maybe it was your dogs (or cat if you are one of those people) or your friends.

Whatever it was, focus on that and realize how lucky you are to have them in your life!

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