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The Hamster Cage and You: Selection, Creation and More

Hamsters aren’t just adorable pets you love to smother with love; they are also active animals. In the wild, they can travel for miles. They are more surprising than you think.

With their pent-up energy and love for activity, hamsters need to have enough space to move and play around — which is why choosing or building the right hamster cage should be a hamster owner’s priority.

The right hamster cages should provide these furry creatures with everything they need to act naturally, stay active and happy. Hamsters need a home that has all the things and toys they can gnaw on, as well as a place to rest and nest in.

When choosing the best hamster cage, consider several factors (e.g. species of hamster, cage size and more). Most importantly, you want to pick a hamster bin cage that is large enough, easy to clean and safe. A rule of thumb when it comes to selecting hamster cages: settling for any cage or bin is NOT an option. Many cages you find at local pet stores do not provide the requirements of your hamster.  Even if you decide to DIY your hamster house, it’s important to use the right materials and create the right size to ensure your pet’s comfort and safety.

Are Hamsters Happy in Cages?

hamster inside a cage

First things first, do hamsters get bored in their cages? You may wonder: “Is it right to cage them? What if they become unhappy?”

Space is a critical pet essential. It matters to your hamster’s happiness and their new homes. Your pet may be unhappy if its cage is too small. Remember: hamsters are active creatures; they need plenty of space to run around, eat and play.

If you spot your hamster biting their cage, it’s a sign that their home is too small. If they are climbing their cage, it’s another indication of a small cage that needs an upgrade.

Unfortunately, some pet stores misinform customers on how big their hamster house should be and will often sell too-small cages. For this reason, proper research on hamsters matters to keep your pet happy and to save you more money.

What Cage is Best for a Hamster?

A good hamster cage is easy-to-clean, well-ventilated, secure and comfortable. Whether you’re getting a hamster cage for the first time, planning to upgrade your current cage or making your own, learning more about the different types of hamster cages available — plus their pros and cons — can help you make the better choice.

Wire Hamster Cages

Most wire hamster cages are composed of wire-based tops and plastic base trays. It’s better to get a wire cage with a plastic bottom than a wired one since the latter is not good for your hamster’s feet. Wire cages also offer many places for hamsters to climb (aka their favorite activity). To keep your pet safe from painful drops, add layers inside the cage so they’ll have a soft spot to fall on in case they lose their grip.

Other pros of wired cages include:

When buying or building your wire hamster cage, make sure the wires of the cage’s wall are not more than half a centimeter apart. If the wires are too apart, there’s a chance your pet will put its head through the gap and get stuck.

Plastic Hamster Cages

In today’s hamster cage market, plastic molded cages are popular. Many plastic variations come with wired sections that allow more air inside. Like the wired cages, plastic hamster cages are easy-to-clean and long-lasting. However, you have to add a climbing frame in the cage so your hamster can still climb in the same way they do in plastic cages.

Other pros of plastic cages include the following:

When choosing a home for your hamster, refrain from buying modular systems, aka hamster houses filled with brightly colored tubes. They may look fun but they don’t make the best homes for your hamster. For one, these modular systems don’t have enough space for your hamster to run around. Also, running up and down tubes isn’t just as fun.

Another risk of modular systems is it’s easy for your hamster to get stuck in one of the pipes, especially if your hamster is big. For you to free tour pet, you have to take the cage apart.

Choosing the Right Hamster Cage 101

Selecting the right home for your hamster isn’t as complex as you think. All you have to do is keep them comfortable and keep them safe.

Here are five steps to follow:

How to Make a Hamster Bin Cage

If your budget does not allow for a pet store-bought cage, you can create an affordable hamster cage with a plastic bin and a few tools and supplies. Follow these steps:

Hamsters are lovely pets that thrive in cozy homes. As part of responsible pet care, finding or creating the right home for them is a must. Smother your pets with love by building them a home that they’ll love, too.

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