My Dwarf Hamster

Is a Hamster Home a Good Idea?

As with many other of nature’s creatures, we have taken in the hamster and domesticated it. Once an animal has been domesticated, if it was released back into the wild it probably wouldn’t be able to survive for very long. Keeping nature’s creatures in an unnatural environment, we must ensure that the hamster home we provide for them is the best possible.

Deciding upon having a hamster as a pet can be the beginning of a thrilling adventure. Choosing the cutest little guy can be a tough decision but there are a number of other important decisions that you will need to make as well of which one is picking out its new home. There will be a variety of homes to choose from. Each one will vary in price, size and quality; oh and there will be optional features to choose from as well. The most important features that you should keep in mind are the size and safety of the new home.

Picking out the right size hamster home may seem easy but if the cage is too small, your hamster will not be happy because it won’t have enough room to run around and it could become cranky. If you are unsure between two particular sizes, go with the bigger of the two. It is also to make sure that your hamster cannot get hurt or stuck in the “bars” of the cage (if it’s a wire cage).

There are three types of homes you can choose from and these are the aquarium, the cage and the modular home.

The aquarium – Generally one to two hamsters will do well in a 10 to 15 gallon tank. The tank should have some sort of cover that will allow sufficient air flow. You could choose a screen covering however hamsters can chew through the material so a metal mesh or wire would be a better choice.

The cage The most important thing to consider when choosing a cage is the distance between the wires. The openings need to be small enough to keep your hamster in. A good hamster home will keep your furry pet in and keep it safe from any outside predators such as other pets and children.

The modular home – These are the latest and greatest as a hamster home. As the name indicates, the home can be added onto and changed up as needed. The home can be enlarged or made smaller. Just make sure that there is enough air ventilation and your hamster can maneuver without issues.

Regardless of what type of home you decide on, the same factors apply when deciding upon the best one for your new furry friend. These factors are: 

  • Doors – must be securable at all times and large enough for you to easily add and remove items from the cage
  • Cleaning – the simpler the home, the easier it will be to clean. Use clean, hot and soapy water and allow to dry before adding anything back into the cage.
  • Material – hamsters love to chew and wood will be destroyed in no time
  • Exterior – if the cage is painted, the paint should be lead-free
  • Ventilation – free flow of fresh air should be available at all times. Stale air encourages bacteria and other harmful particles to grow

Having some insight on what would be the best hamster home for your new pet will ensure that your pet will be happy and healthy. What the cage looks like will affect your own environment in your home. With some give and take, you will able to place your hamster’s cage in the best optimal place for both you and your hamster.

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