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