Ahem. Would *you* want to live in a tiny plastic cage with little ventilation? Probably not
Most hamster owners are likely familiar with the two standard
types of cages, the all-plastic enclosed
cages, and the wire with plastic tray cages. (Though, others do exist
, I'll get to those in a bit.)
All Plastic Enclosed Cages
These are generally a bad idea.
Wire Cages with Plastic Trays
These are typically your best bet.
- Plenty of ventilation.
- Usually have more space for your hamster to play.
- It's much easier to clean them.
- They can't chew on the plastic tray very easily, though they will chew the bars and make a lot of noise.
It should be known that hamsters are very noisy creatures
, and it's pretty much impossible
to avoid this. (That's why I keep mine in my sister's bedroom.. tee-hee.) Choosing the right cage
will help, though, so when you're picking it out, ask about soundless
wheels. Note that they probably won't stay
soundless after they've been used enough, but at least you get some quiet
time. Watch that your hamsters fur
doesn't get caught in the wheel (happens frequently with teddy bear hamsters
), and make sure the wheel is the right size
. If one of the metal wheels gets really squeaky
, grease it up with some non-toxic substance like vaseline
, just use a very little bit and it should stop
Choose a large enough water bottle
that the hamster won't run out every five seconds, alright? Water dishes are okay, but should be checked frequently
to make sure they're clean
, dirty water leads to disease
The bottom of the cage should be lined with wood shavings, chips, or possibly corn cob pellets. Any of these will work, make sure whichever you choose is hamster-safe
.. well, some choose not to give any extra bedding to their hamster, but some sort of tissue (I use kleenex), works the best. Avoid those weird beddings they sell in stores, I've heard of one too many hamster deaths due to stomach blockage
. "Tried, tested, and true", kleenex
or toilet paper
Lining the very bottom
of the cage with paper towel
before adding the shavings or whichever you choose, will help absorb
odours and hamster pee
can be used too, but your hamsters fur might get a little black
from the print
Try to buy a two story cage if you can, they love
to climb, and that gives them more room. Granted, that gets expensive
, but it's a one time thing. Take them out of the cage sometimes, they get bored
Be sure not to use soap when cleaning the cage, or any other substance that may be harmful if it somehow gets into your hamster's system. I suppose if you rinsed it REALLY well, it would be okay.. avoid it if you can.