The Most Common Question About Hamsters
What type of home should my hamster have?
There are a variety of hamster habitats available for your pet. All cage styles have advantages and disadvantages. But the cage you choose should be both safe and secure. Hamsters are small, active, and fast. They define what it means to be an "escape artist." If they escape from their homes, they can be exposed to a variety of common household dangers. The home you choose for your hamster should be safe. Hamsters have very sensitive feet; therefore, do not choose a cage with a wire floor.
Traditionally, people have kept their pets in a small aquarium with a screen mesh cover. These types of homes are very secure, as long as the screen cover is firmly positioned. But all-glass homes are not well-ventilated and typically boring for your pet. Wire cages have the advantage of allowing the hamster to use the wire itself for climbing exercise. They are also fairly well ventilated. If you choose this style of cage, ensure the horizontal bars are spaced only 1/2 to 3/4 inches apart. Ideally, this style of cage should also have a base that easily detaches from the remainder of the cage for simpler cleaning. Regardless of what style of home you choose, your hamster also needs a variety of sleep and play areas. A nest box, exercise wheel, tunnels, and appropriate chew toys can help keep your hamster active and healthy.