Hamsters as a pet are very popular. They are low-maintenance pets that are easy to take care of, and they don’t cost too much either. It’s essential, though, to get your pet a cage that is the right size for them. Hamsters are tiny creatures that require only minimal care on your part. In this blog post, we will be going over what you need to know about setting up a hamster cage and how to make sure that your pet is happy and healthy in its new home. Here you will find all the necessary information for your next hamster cage! This post will go over how to size the cage appropriately, what kind of bedding you will need for your hamster, how many toys they need in their cage, and more!
What Do Hamsters Need in Their Cage?
A space that they can run around. It is crucial, or hamsters may become bored and inactive. You’ll also want to make sure there’s enough room for them to leap around comfortably. Avoid using wood or plastic, as they can get scared of these surfaces.
- Something for them to climb on (boxes): Hamsters need a place to climb, as they enjoy doing.
- Bedding for them to burrow into: This allows the hamster to stay warm and provides a place for them to hide from predators. Hamsters will hide in their bedding a lot, so make sure it is soft and comfortable enough for your pet.
- Food: Of course! Hamsters do not eat insects. They eat food pellets made up of meat proteins, cereals, and dried vegetables such as corn or wheat. If you want to make your hamster food, we can help you with that too! You may want to check out our “Feeding Your Pet” post, which goes into great detail on how much, what types of food, and where you should buy them from.
- Water: Hamsters need to drink every day, and they often do so in their bedding. It is good in terms of helping them stay hydrated and get rid of any foul odors in their litter box, but it can become complex in cleaning the cage. You’ll need an easily removable water bottle that accommodates this.
- A litter box: Like many small animals, Hamsters use urine as a form of marking territory and scent marking for one another. Because they usually live in groups (of up to 4 hamsters), they will need to do it regularly. They don’t need a giant litter box, but one where the bedding they choose to dig in is soft and comfortable.
- Toys! Hamsters like to play around and enjoy themselves. They enjoy toys more than food as some of them (such as the hamster ball) prevent them from getting bored and allow for some exercise and mental stimulation. Without toys, your hamster will become more aggressive and possibly aggressive with you as well!
- Shelter: Another crucial thing is to make sure your hamster has a place to sleep (besides its bedding). If they have a place to hide from predators, it will be much safer for them.
- A place to exercise: Hamsters need a place for them to run around and play in.
- Treats! They love treats!
- A wheel: This device allows your hamster to run on it and get the exercise they need. There are several different types of wheels on the market, so be sure you choose one compatible with your hamster’s species and type of flooring.
- A hiding spot: Your hamster must have somewhere to run away to in case of danger.
So now you know what your hamster needs, where is the best place to buy these things? – Don’t go to large chains like Petco and Petsmart. These aren’t good places to buy hamster supplies as they charge far too much for them. Many online retailers offer great prices, such as Petco and Petsmart. Look in the newspaper, yellow pages, or even Craigslist for a hamster owner in your area who is getting rid of their supplies. You can also talk to another hamster owner and ask them what they have used that works well with their pet(s).
Things to Avoid When Getting a Hamster’s Cage:
- Don’t use a plastic hamster cage. Chances are, your hamster will be scared of this and will want to escape. A mesh cage with a solid bottom is much better as they can see and smell what is happening outside it.
- Avoid using wood for their cage as it can be scary for them and create a lot of foul odors. The best wood is either oak or pine as these do not smell as bad as other woods such as cedar or pine.
- Avoid using fleece fabric, as it is too smooth for hamsters to climb on and may cause them to get cold.
- Make sure to choose a cage that will allow your hamster to move around and exercise comfortably. Also, make sure the cage is not too small. Your hamster will grow, and if you get them a cage meant for a smaller species of hamsters, they’ll run into issues with their joints.
- It would help if you placed their food dish so that it won’t be knocked over easily by them or their bedding. It is an easy way to keep it from being spoiled by water or food waste.
- Make sure the cage has a door that they can close to get in or out when needed.
- Be careful about where you place their wheel–if it is too close to the door, your hamster may run into the door while playing in it!
- Be sure that there are not any areas of sharp edges or harmful materials on their cage. Things like wire coat hangers, plastic bags, and even coat hooks may harm your hamster if swallowed. Take apart their cage to make sure none of these are coming loose.
- Avoid using cedar bedding, as it is toxic to them! It would help if you did not use wood shavings or shredded paper either.
Setting up a cage for hamsters is not hard at all! Make sure to have fun with this process–if you enjoy it, so will they! If you follow our advice, you should have no issues picking out what is best for your hamster.