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Hamster Cage Guide

What type of hamster home is best for your new pet

It really is dependent on what type of hamster you have but here are some good rules and tips to follow.

Modular Hamster Habitats

Crittertrails and Habitrails are expandable options for your hamster which come with a huge

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syrian hamster cage

variety of add-ons such as hamster tubes. They will help you create the perfect hamster habitat. They are however, more difficult to clean and they have not a great ventilation source. Newer designs of these types of cage can feature newer features such as some metal bars on the top part of the cage. The great thing about modular habitats is that you can add to them progressively as your hamster gets larger and needs more room. Syrian and Dwarf hamsters thrive in wide open spaces so you should not use modular cages as their sole habitat.

Traditional bar Cages

The most popular and traditional type of hamster cage is the wire-bar cage. They typically have a plastic removable tray at the bottom covered with a top of wire bars. They offer the greatest ventilation possible for your pet hamsters and they are great for your hamsters to climb up the bars for exercise. They are the most basic and cheap type of cage available. Sometimes the plastic tray on these hamster cages can be too shallow thus allowing your hamsters to dig and kick bedding/substrate onto your carpet making a mess. Some hamsters, especially Syrian hamsters love to chew the bars of bar-type cages. If your hamster is living in your bedroom this might be a problem due to disturbance of your sleep at night time. Another thing to think about is that the cage bars might rust when your hamster bites on the bars because their saliva might react with the metal.

Glass Aquariums and Fish Tanks

Fish tanks and Aquariums offer fantastic visibility for hamsters and allow you to see your pet hamsters very clearly and easily. Another great advantage to this type of hamster home is that you can give them a huge layer or thick substrate which your hamster will enjoy fantastical because they are burrowing animals and you will not need to worry about them kicking it out of the cage which bar type cages can give you. These types of hamster home do not offer great ventilation which other types might provide and you will probably need to create a DIY tank topper made of mesh in order to allow air flow. These types of hamster cage are usually very high so you don’t need to worry about them escaping through the top unless you have a large Syrian hamster which are excellent at escaping. Dwarf hamsters are not great climbers and generally cannot escape though high areas. If you have predatory pets such as cats or dogs, you must make a very strong tank topper.

Hamster Tubes

Hamster cages can be linked up with hamster tubes which will give your hamster fantastic variety.

syrian hamster cage
syrian hamster cage

 

Hamster Life Span and Health

A typical hamster life span is usually between 1 1/2 to 3.5 years. So what’s the best way to keep your pet healthy during the time that you have him (or her)? Here are some tips and suggestion

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hamster life span

First, if you have not yet chosen your pet, then make sure you start out in the right direction by choosing a healthy hamster at the beginning. Look for a pet that is lively and curious, and that comes from a clean environment and is surrounded by other healthy hamsters. This increases the probability of a longer life for your pet.

Next, make sure you provide your pet hamster with plenty of fresh, clean water and fresh nutritious food. Provide a water bottle that hangs from the side of the cage. Dishes or bowls of water can be easily tipped over and make the bottom of the cage wet, which is not a healthy environment for your hamster.

Also make sure that you pick up all of the uneaten food on a daily basis, and change the bedding often so that your hamster has a nice clean home to live in.

In the wild, dwarf hamsters eat a lot of different kinds of foods like grains, seeds, berries, fruit, vegetables and even insects and worms (which are a good source of protein). So they need a diet that replicates that kind of variety in order to get the right balance of healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

But there are some foods that should absolutely be avoided, like chocolate, raw potatoes and anything with sugar in it. You have to be especially careful about the sugar. Diabetes is starting to show up in some of the dwarf hamster breeds, and it could be from the manufactured hamster “treats” (like yogurt drops) that are sold in pet stores. So if you buy hamster food or treats from pet stores, read the labels and make sure they do not contain sugar.

Last, pet hamsters need to have a way to exercise on a daily basis. In the wild, their natural routine is to hunt for food every night covering a large territory. And they also are very active digging tunnels to live in and store their food in. But in captivity, they live in small cages that don’t allow for that kind of activity.

So the best way to provide exercise for them is to furnish their cages with tubes that they can crawl around in and toys that they can climb on. Even something as simple as cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls can provide your pet hamsters with lots of enjoyable activity.