Hamster cage: tips for selection and setup

A hamster is moving in with you? Then of course he should feel completely comfortable. Read here what you should look for when choosing a nice, large cage and hamster-friendly equipment. Hamster cage: tips for selection and setup - Image: Shutterstock / stock_shot

1. Hamster cage: Spacious and with great climbing opportunities

If you want to choose a hamster cage, it should be big enough: for a dwarf hamster at least L 80 x W 50 x H 40 cm, for a larger hamster L 100 x W 50 x H 40 cm. The cage should have a deep floor pan so that a thick layer of bedding fits in it, in which the hamster can dig and dig. A large cage made of wood and plexiglass is often nicer and safer than a lattice cage, which you can build yourself or get from a pet store.

2. The dormitory: for cuddling, hiding and resting

A cozy dormitory is very important for hamsters. They hide in it, sleep and hoard their supplies. The house should be spacious and have a large entrance through which the rodent can fit even with cramped cheeks. The material must be stable, shatterproof and easy to clean. The animal should be provided with hay or straw for cozy furnishings.

3. Hamster toys: climbing opportunities are important

Hamsters not only dig and run with joy - they also like to spend their time climbing. In addition to running bikes, seesaws, bridges and digging boxes, you can make the popular little rodents happy with climbing toys. This should be hamster-friendly and not too high - not that the little guys get injured in falls.

4. Bowl and potions: What you should pay attention to when choosing

And of course, don't forget the food bowl and potions in the hamster cage. So that the water stays clean, water bottles are better than bowls. They should be cleaned and refilled regularly. The food should be offered loose in a heavy bowl and exchanged for fresh food every day.

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