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Hamster cage

A hamster cage is a cage designed to house hamsters. Hamster cages need to be at least 450 SQ inches of floor space or bigger like the one shown. Although, many experts such as Gernot Kuhnen recommend that hamsters thrive with larger cage sizes.[1]

For pet hamsters, commercially available pens are made of wire or plastic. Some pet owners house their hamsters in aquarium tanks or make their own wooden pens. In laboratories hamsters are housed in pens designed for scientific use. There are also special pens for exhibition, as in a hamster show.

Home built enclosure for a Syrian hamster, measures 200x60x60cm (1860 sq in)

Cage specifications[edit]

There are different recommendations for the appropriate cage size for hamsters. HSS (Hamster Society Singapore) recommends a minimum of 4000 cm2 (620 in2) for Syrian hamsters and a minimum of 2903.22 cm2 (450 in2) for dwarf hamsters.[3] TVT (Tierärztliche Vereinigung für Tierschutz) recommends the owner give the Syrian hamster as much space as possible—at minimum 100 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm (L x W x H) which is 5000 cm2 (775 in2).[4] BMEL ( Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture) like TVT also recommends a minimum of 5000 cm2 (775.0016 2) for Syrian hamsters.[5]

Hamsters prefer larger cages and want much more than the minimum required space suggested.[6][7] "Starter packs" or hamster pens advertised for new owners are almost never large enough to be the only housing for a Syrian hamster, even when these pens are advertised for this purpose.

The ideal floor for a hamster is solid and covered with bedding.(around 6 in (150 mm) Hamsters that have thick bedding for their floor are happier and enjoy better health. Wire flooring can harm hamster paws and cause bumblefoot. For the benefit of the hamster, cover the cage floor with a solid material such as cardboard, ceramic plates which the hamster can not chew, or mats marketed specially for hamsters.[7] Wire cages can expose a hamster to drafts. Additionally, some wire cages permit the hamster to throw bedding material through the wires as it burrows, digs, and plays. Pens with solid walls contain all the bedding and prevent drafts of air from disturbing the hamster. Syrian hamsters are larger than Chinese and dwarf hamsters, so they need a larger pen and hamster accessories than those smaller hamsters.[6]

Wire-top cages[edit]

A wire-top cage is a plastic base with a wire structure arching over it. Wire-top cages may take many shapes, and for hamsters, may have one level or be multi story with tubes, stairs, or ladders connecting the levels. A wire top cage with wired stairs causes bumblefoot. Most colorful cages that are sold in pet shops are marketed towards children and cause stress for the hamster. Wire-top cages for hamsters are often marketed in two varieties. One version is for the larger Syrian hamsters, with the space between bars being about 12 mm (0.47 in). The other version is for Chinese or dwarf hamsters, with the gap between bars being 8 mm (0.31 in). Pens with smaller gaps, perhaps around 3 mm (0.12 in), are likely intended for mice, and are likely to be too small to provide a good home for any species of hamster. It is very important when choosing a wire cage, that is it above the minimum cage requirement of 450 in2 (2,900 cm2) of unbroken floor space and make sure the height of the plastic base is at least 15 cm (5.9 in). Most wire cages that one may find in a pet store are not above the minimum so it is very important to check. Wire cages that provide more height than width or length is bad, because most hamsters do not need height, they need floorspace.

Well-designed wire-top cages have doors placed so that a human can open them as needed and reach into any part of the pen to access the hamster or clean the space. A cantilever design for upper levels in wire-top cages may wobble if the cage is not well designed, and if it does, this fault could upset hamsters because they prefer stable ground. Wire-top cages will ideally have a securely fastened plastic base attached to the wire frame so that the entire pen can be transported without risk of the parts separating or the cage structure failing.

Plastic tank cages[edit]

Plastic tank cages may be simply designed like a plain box, or they may be elaborately designed to encourage hamster exploration of the tubes, levels, and rooms. Plastic tank cages are marketed to be expanded with additional modules which connect to the main pen with clamps or connecting tunnels.

Hamsters are able to gnaw on parts of plastic cages in ways that are less likely in other cages because of their different design. Pens are not designed to be chewed. If a cage is large enough and if a hamster has other things to gnaw, then most hamsters will not chew cage elements. Syrian hamsters are especially likely to chew small tubes and cages designed for smaller hamsters.

Most plastic cages are too small for a hamster and cause the hamster to become bored and display unwanted behaviors. As well, smaller modules may not have good ventilation posing health risks for hamsters.

Aquariums[edit]

Aquariums can be modified to be glass hamster cages. Hamsters are unable to chew glass pens because the walls are smooth and there are no projections. The disadvantages of glass are that the tanks are heavy and difficult to move and it may be challenging to find an appropriate top for the cage especially if modules are put in the pen which give the hamster an option to attempt an escape over the sides. An aquarium must provide at least 450 in2 (2,900 cm2) of floorspace.

40-gallon aquariums are the smallest size that can keep a hamster but larger sizes are recommended.

Wooden cages[edit]

Wooden cages are not mass marketed so are an option for hamster owners who are handy and wish to make their own or for breeders who need to custom make a large number of pens for a large number of hamsters. Wooden cages must be made of untreated wood of a sort that a hamster can gnaw and eat, because over time, they will chew the pens. Wood glue to hold the cage together is not usually appropriate because it is poisonous.

Accessories[edit]

Hamsters enjoy getting toys for behavioral enrichment. Hamster toys should be non toxic and sanitized. Broadly, hamsters enjoy going inside objects and climbing things. Plastic toys and accessories absorb heat which is bad for hamsters in hot weather.

Hamster wheel[edit]

Wooden Hamster Wheel, size 33cm

Main article: Hamster wheel

Hamster wheels are exercise devices. Hamster wheels allow them to run even when their space is confined.

Many commercially marketed hamster wheels do not acknowledge that Syrian hamsters are larger than dwarf and Chinese hamsters, and that they require a larger wheel size than the other types of hamsters. TVT recommends wheels should be at least 20 cm (7.9 in) for Dwarf Hamsters and at least 30 cm (12 in) for Syrian hamsters, since smaller diameters can lead to permanent spinal curvature, especially in young animals. TVT also recommends a solid running surface because rungs or mesh can cause injury.[14] It is very important to get a solid bottom wheel as wire or mesh wheels can cause foot lesions.

Hamster house[edit]

A hamster house is a hide box or hideout for hamsters. The house can be as simple as an opaque PVC tube closed at one end, 15 cm (5.9 in) in diameter.[15] Wooden houses or hideouts made of natural materials can cool hamsters in the summer.

Hamster houses should have enough ventilation to not collect condensation and become damp. Having a hide box improves the mental health of a hamster and not having a hide box can make a hamster feel vulnerable.[17] Some hamsters will choose to nest and hoard food in their hideout.

Hamster toilet[edit]

Hamsters are clean animals by nature and prefer to urinate in a place in their cage which they designate as a toilet. If their cage includes a suitable enclosed room, then the hamster is likely to recognize that room as a toilet area and begin to use it. People keeping hamsters may suggest a toilet area to a hamster by putting soiled hamster bedding into the area which the person wants the hamster to consider using. A large jar may be used as a toilet, then removed from a cage and cleaned regularly as the hamster uses it.

Sand bath[edit]

Any breed of hamsters require a sand bath to groom themselves. The sand keeps their fur clean and digging in it helps maintain their claws.[3] When choosing sand for the sand bath make sure it is fine but not dust. Reptile sand can be used as long as it does not contain calcium or any other additive. Other examples are play sand or (you will need to heat it at 350F for about ten minutes before using) chinchilla bath SAND not dust, or Some hamsters will also use their sand bath as a litter box. To setup the sand bath I would recommend using a hide in the bath an filling up the container about halfway up.

Other toys[edit]

Hamsters like chew toys. Salt licks and mineral chews contain dangerous chemicals poisonous to hamsters. The owner must provide wood chews for their hamster or their teeth will get too long, which causes pain for the animal.[citation needed]

Unsafe Hamster Supplies[edit]

Hamster Balls[edit]

Main article: Hamster ball

TVT (Tierärztliche Vereinigung für Tierschutz) warn that hamster balls pose a risk of injury. The hamster can not free itself from the ball and can not control the speed or direction of the ball. While in a hamster ball, especially in a transparent one, they cannot meet their natural instinct to take cover. There is a high risk for injury when the ball hits a wall or rolls down from raised surfaces. The small ventilation slots do not give a sufficient air supply for the hamster. TVT considers hamster balls to be anti animal welfare and do not recommend their use for any small mammal.[14][3]

Plastic Tubes[edit]

Plastic tubes sold for hamsters, especially when arranged into longer tunnel systems, can pose a large risk to your hamsters safety. The plastic tubes do not have sufficient ventilation and when set at a steep angle a hamster can easily fall and hurt themselves. These tubes are also too small for Syrian Hamsters since even though they can walk through them they also have to be able to turn around while their cheek pouches are filled, otherwise the hamster can get stuck. Well ventilated short tubes that are large enough for the hamster to comfortably turn around can be used.[14]

Scented Bedding[edit]

Beddings with added scents are not safe for hamsters because it disrupts their own scent markings (which causes a lot of stress) and can harm their sensitive respiratory system.[14][3]

Harnesses and Leashes[edit]

Since hamsters are very small and fragile harnesses and leashes can easily cause injury to hamsters. They also prevent hamsters from following their natural flight behavior which can cause considerable stress.[14]

Cotton Fluff[edit]

This product is sold under many names such as hamster fluff, cotton fluff, soft and safe bedding, fluff bedding etc. Since this synthetic material has long fibers that are tear resistant it can easily get stuck in hamsters cheek pouches or wrap around their limbs cutting off circulation.[14] As a safe alternative to this you can provide your hamster with toilet paper to build their nest with.[18]

Cedar and Pine Bedding[edit]

Cedar and Pine wood contains harmful oils that has been known to cause respiratory infections in small animals, so cedar shavings is not safe to use as a bedding for hamsters.[19][20][18][3]

Escape[edit]

Hamsters will exploit any opportunity to escape from their cage. Most commonly they escape when someone has not closed a door properly. They have the ability to flatten their bodies to squeeze through holes that humans do not expect them to be able to use. Hamsters may sometimes open latches or unscrew connections, in which case they open the cage themselves. If any part of the cage can be gnawed to create a hole then the hamster may chew its way out. If the hamster passes time with free access to both the inside of its cage and the outside world, it may collect some of its bedding and hoarded food to establish a new den. A bucket mousetrap is the most common way to catch a hamster. In this scheme, food such as leafy greens is placed in a bucket, and a staircase is built leading to the top of the bucket. The hungry hamster will climb the stairs, fall into the bucket, and be captured.

Society and culture[edit]

The National Hamster Council in the United Kingdom maintains recommendations for hamster cages for pet owners and breeders.[6] United States regulations which apply to hamsters are in the Animal Welfare Act of 1966 and described further in the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research's Guide for the care and Use of Laboratory Animals including legal regulations for hamster cages in the United States.[23]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^Kuhnen, Gernot (July 1999). "The effect of cage size and enrichment on core temperature and febrile response of the golden hamster". Laboratory Animals. 33 (3): 221–227. doi:10.1258/002367799780578246. ISSN 0023-6772. PMID 10780840.
  2. ^ abcde"Hamster Society Singapore". Hamster Society Singapore. HSS. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  3. ^"Merkblatt Nr. 156 - Heimtiere: Goldhamster (Stand: 2014)". Tierärztliche Vereinigung für Tierschutz. TVT. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  4. ^Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Haltung von Säugetieren, 15.4.1 Enclosure requirements
  5. ^ abcNational Hamster Council (n.d.). "Hamster Housing". hamsters-uk.org. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  6. ^ abSiperstein, Linda J. (21 October 2009). "Hamster Housing - Choose your hammie's cage wisely". humanesociety.org. The Humane Society of the United States. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  7. ^ abcdef"Merkblatt Nr. 62 - Heimtierhaltung, Tierschutzwidriges Zubehör". www.tierschutz-tvt.de. TVT. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  8. ^Veillette, M.; Reebs, S.G. (2011). "Shelter choice by Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) in the laboratory". Animal Welfare. 20: 603–611.
  9. ^Potegal, M.; Huhman, K.; Moore, T.; Meyerhoff, J. (1993). "Conditioned defeat in the Syrian golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus)". Behavioral and Neural Biology. 60 (2): 93–102. doi:10.1016/0163-1047(93)90159-F. ISSN 0163-1047. PMID 8117243.
  10. ^ ab"Hamster Care"(PDF). ASPCA. ASPCA. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  11. ^Ayars, GH; Altman, LC; Frazier, CE; Chi, EY (March 1989). "The toxicity of constituents of cedar and pine woods to pulmonary epithelium". The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 83 (3): 610–8. doi:10.1016/0091-6749(89)90073-0. PMID 2926083. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  12. ^Shamssain, MH (February 1992). "Pulmonary function and symptoms in workers exposed to wood dust". Thorax. 47 (2): 84–7. doi:10.1136/thx.47.2.84. PMC 463576. PMID 1549828.
  13. ^Field 1999, p. 16, referencing
    • 9  CFR9 /part- 1 1
    • 54 FR168
    • Committee for the Update of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies (2011). Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals (8th ed.). Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press. ISBN .CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

References[edit]

  • Logsdail, Chris; Logsdail, Peter; Hovers, Kate (2002). Hamsterlopaedia : a complete guide to hamster care. Lydney: Ringpress. ISBN .
  • Field, Karl J.; Sibold, Amber L. (1999). The laboratory hamster & gerbil. Boca Raton [u.a.]: CRC Press. ISBN .

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamster_cage

Best hamster cages: Find your hamster its perfect home

Hamsters may seem small, but your furry friend is more active than you may think, meaning the best hamster cages need to give them plenty of space to roam. Their home habitat also needs to offer them places to run, climb, burrow, play and chew. They also need to be secure, as hamsters, like most small rodents, can be expert escapologists.

There are a large range of hamster cages out there to choose from, ranging in size, materials used in their construction and price, but there are a few boxes they need to tick to ensure your little hammy is mentally and physically stimulated.

The first consideration is size. Your furry friend may seem tiny and almost stationary, but don't be fooled. Out in the wild they would be digging large networks of tunnels and be very active, so you need a cage which lets them have room to spread out. The larger the cage the better, especially if you want to keep them entertained with the best hamster toys, and give them space to burrow into their bedding.

Smaller cages can cause problems over time, as hamsters can develop problems with their hind legs if they don't have enough room to move about. Multi-level cages are also good, as it gives them the opportunity to climb and explore. Remember, too, that cages can be extended using the best rabbit runs so they have a larger area to run around in.

You may feel a larger cage is a waste of money as your experience of your hammy is them tucked up snug in their bedding sleeping all day. Remember though that hamsters are nocturnal. When you put the lights out and go to bed, that is their time to start getting active. On average they will exercise for at least three to four hours a night, so you need to give them the ability to do that properly.

In fact, this is why it is often not a good idea to locate your hammy's cage in your bedroom if you don't want to be kept awake by a creaking hamster wheel. They may be small, but they can generate a lot of noise!

Other considerations are more practical for you – are they easy to clean (hamsters can make a lot of mess for a creature their size) and is it well enough constructed to stop them escaping? You also need to think about what comes with the cage and budget for things like exercise wheels, water bottles and feeding bowls if they aren't included.

To help you in a quest for a hamster cage that suits both your furry pal and your needs, we've scoured the web for the best hamster cages out there. Here are the best hamster cages of 2021 for you to choose from…

PetsRadar’s pick of the best hamster cages

  • Best hamster cage overall: Favola Hamster Cage
  • Best budget hamster cage: Midwest Critterville Arcade Hamster Cage
  • Best large hamster cage: Savic Hamster Heaven Metro Cage
  • Best multi-level hamster cage: 5-Floors Large Twin Tower Syrian Hamster Cage
  • Best modern design hamster cage: Savic Geneva Modern Hamster Cage
  • Best eco-friendly hamster cage: Ferplast HAMSTERVILLE Hamster Habitat Cage
  • Best easy-to-clean hamster cage: Ferplast Hamster Cage
  • Best chew-proof cage: Little Friends Mayfair Gerbilarium Cage

Favola Hamster Cage

Best hamster cage overall

Size: 23.6 x 14.4 x 11.8 inches | Weight: 6.28 pounds | Material: Plastic/WireX | Color: Black

Extra deep base

Essential extras

Steep walkway

Noisy wheel

Hamsters need floor space, somewhere to sleep and accessories to keep them active and entertained. The Favola Hamster Cage has all of this and more, making it the best hamster cage overall and a great one-stop option for your hammy and you.

The hamster cage consists of two parts. Effectively an upstairs and downstairs. The base – the downstairs – measures 23.6 x 14.4 in height and width, and an impressive 4.75-inches in height. This provides a nice deep base to fill with plenty of bedding and gives your furry friend plenty of burrowing room. The design of the base also means that the bedding will stop spreading to the top floor. 

A steep plastic ridged walkway takes your hamster to the upper floor. This a flat area that includes the essential extras. There is a food dish, water bottle, hideaway  and a 5.5-inch exercise wheel. The wheel is neatly integrated into the floor and easily accessible via the base. If you want to upgrade to a bigger wheel there is plenty of room. 

The top floor is covered by a standard wire cage that is kept in place by a couple of quick release latch side clips. These make it easy to take off the top for cleaning. A door on top of the cage gives easy access to the top floor and your hamster. If you want to expand the cage there is a single connection port to add a tube to a whole new bunch of activity/sleeping areas. The combination of the base and the top floor make this hamster ideal for most hamster breeds.

The quality of the cage is reflected in the price. It does a job and will last but if you want to give your small furry friend more excitement and entertainment you will need to invest in better quality accessories.

Midwest Critterville Arcade Hamster Cage

Best budget hamster cage

Size: 18.1 x 11.4 x 21.5 inches | Weight: 6.1 pounds | Material: Plastic/Wire | Color: White/Green/Blue

Expandable

Great price

Multi-level play space

Includes accessories

Self assembly

If you want a home for your happy hamster that will keep them entertained, provide plenty of exercise, has room for expansion and won't break the bank then this is the best hamster cage for you.

The Midwest Critterville Arcade Hamster Cage comes at a budget price but still provides plenty of features and accessories. It consists of a standard style cage and a multi-level vertical play space. The cage isn’t huge, it measures 18.11 x 11.4-inches in length and width, ideal for small hamster breeds. But, with the addition of the multi-level play space your furry friend will have plenty to keep them entertained. The cage is deep enough to provide plenty of bedding for one of a hamster's favorite pastimes – burrowing. And it comes with a top opening door for easy access and includes a food bowl and water bottle. 

A selection of interior play tubes connect the cage to the multi-level play space. It’s here where your furry friend can really play, exercise and rest. There are two platforms and three sets of non-slip ramps that lead to a nest nook and exercise wheel. A neat addition to the multi-level play space is a removable clear plastic cover. This makes it easy to clean the area and of course, watch your hamster in action. 

If you want to expand your furry friends living quarters you can. There is a connecting ring in the cage to expand sideways with more tubes and another cage. A connecting ring in the top of the vertical play space means there is room to build upwards as well. This is a great cage for starting out and perfect for expansion as your hamster grows.

Savic Hamster Heaven Metro Cage

Best large hamster cage

Size: 31.5 x 20 x 20 inches | Weight: 12.17 pounds | Material: Plastic/Wire | Color: Blue/Black/Green

Plenty of accessories

Large deep base

Two doors

Easy to carry

Takes time to build

Bigger is better when it comes to the best hamster cages. The more room your furry pet has to run around in, the happier and healthier they will be. The Savic Hamster Heaven Metro Cage is big by hamster cage standards. It measures 31.5 x 20 x 20 inches, that's nearly three feet in length and nearly two foot wide and high. This makes it perfect for all breeds of hamster and ideal for more than one (if your breed is happy with a companion). 

It comes with a large deep base that provides plenty of room for bedding. Your hamster can tunnel until their heart’s content and there’s plenty of room for accessories. And the Savic comes with plenty of them. It includes a tunnel that takes your hamster above the wire cage, an exercise wheel, two houses, a penthouse, a water bottle, non-slip ramps and a couple of platforms with feeding bowls. Pretty much everything your furry friend could wish for. But all these accessories mean it does take a while to put the cage together. 

Even with all these accessories included there is still plenty of room to add more. You could add a nesting area, a gnawing block, an extra ladder or a hanging hamster house to give them complete privacy. 

The wire cage is firmly attached by two clips making it easy to take off and clean. It also boasts two doors – a large front door for quick and easy access and a smaller top door. The Savic is a large hamster cage which makes it a little more difficult to move. But, two strong carry handles make the job much easier. This cage is a great option for any hamster but ideal if you want to put two together. 

5-Floors Large Twin Tower Syrian Hamster Cage

Best multi-level hamster cage

Size: 31 x 14.5 x 33 inches | Weight: N/A | Material: Plastic | Color: Multi-coloured

Multiple levels

Essential accessories

Tube-tastic

Time consuming assembly

Needs plenty of space

This is definitely a cage with a difference. It doesn’t waste any time with a couple of floors, it boasts five floors, two towers and a crazy array of connecting tubes. This isn’t a hamster home, this is a hotel. Everyday in this cage will seem like a holiday to your furry friend. 

The hamster hotel starts with a solid three-inch deep base that measures 31 x 14.5-inches in length and width. Plenty of room for bedding and burrowing. But the real fun begins above the base. The cage is effectively divided into two vertical towers, with each tower having two floors each. The top floor on the left has an exercise wheel and a connecting tube which your hamster can slide down to the floor below. This in turn has another connecting tube to get to the base. A set of ladders connect all the floors with the top floor on the right having the hamsters home where they can hide away and sleep. Again this has connecting tubes that give a quick descent to the base. There is a food bowl and water bottle included, you just need to decide which floor they are going to go on. 

Five floors will keep your happy hamster fit but, if it wants to go a little crazy then the connecting tubes between the two towers will keep them entertained. These create a wacky multi-coloured walk across the sky, not for hamsters who might suffer from vertigo.

On a more serene note the cage is easy to clip off the base and clean. While three doors – front, left and right - give easy access to all levels of the cage for cleaning and getting access to your hamster whatever floor they are on. If your hamster is super active and a little crazy this cage might just be the perfect fit. 

Savic Geneva Modern Hamster Cage

Best modern design hamster cage

Size: 23. 5 x 11.5 x 17.5 inches | Weight: 1.1 pounds | Material: Plastic | Color: Grey

Stylish modern design

Easy to clean

Transparent design

Lack of accessories

The average hamster cage is the ideal home for your hamster but not always the ideal fit for the interior style of your home. The Geneva is different, it boasts a unique contemporary two-story design for the modern home. It is slim in size meaning you have more options on where you want to put the cage. And the smart grey colour and curved edges means it will look good anywhere. However, the small footprint makes this more suitable for a single dwarf hamster, rather than a larger breed.

But, it's not all about looks, it has plenty of features to keep your hamster happy as well. The cage is effectively two parts. The bottom half of the cage is a deep transparent plastic tank. The ideal environment to add loads of bedding and the opportunity for your hamster to get some serious burrowing done. It also acts as a great viewing platform. No wire bars to obscure the view of your happy hamster running around their cage. 

You can close off the top part of the cage by pulling up the long ladder. Then all you need to do is pull out the transparent tank – via the integrated handle – to clean. You can quickly empty the old bedding, wash, add new bedding and put back in no time at all. 

The top half of the cage is a dedicated play area and comes equipped with a feeding bowl, exercise wheel and a water bottle. There is no nesting box or gnawing block so you will need to get these yourself. The wire cage has a large front door for easy access to the whole top floor. If you are worried your hamster might escape, put them in the bottom tank while you clean the top. 

Ferplast HAMSTERVILLE Hamster Habitat Cage

Best eco-friendly hamster cage

Size: 23.6 x 13.4 x 19.3 inches | Weight: 15 pounds | Material: Wood | Color: Natural/Black

Pull-out tray

Sustainable wood

Self assembly

If you want to go green when purchasing a hamster cage then this is definitely your best choice. Hamster cages are usually made from plastic and metal, both man-made materials. Neither of these are as environmentally-friendly as the wooden Ferplast HAMSTERVILLE Hamster Habitat Cage. It is made from all natural, sustainable, liquid resistant wood and is accompanied by a strong robust wire net cage. Note that the wood comes from forests that are managed in a responsible way. 

The cage comes as a self-assembly kit so you will need some DIY skills and a few basic tools to put it together. But once the cage has been assembled you will have a strong, sturdy, attractive cage for your furry friend to wander around in. And, as it is made from wood you do have the option to paint it any colour you want. Just make sure you buy pet-safe paint. 

The Hamsterville measures 22.75 x 12.25 x 2.6-inches, a good size for all hamster breeds, and plenty of space for a dwarf breed. The base is deep enough to contain ample bedding for digging and burrowing. While, the cage design conveniently allows for the base to be pulled out, emptied, cleaned and replaced quickly.

To keep your hamster fit and well the Hamsterville hamster cage comes equipped with a wooden hamster hide-out and three wood platforms and ladders. Additional accessories include a 5.5-inch plastic exercise wheel, plastic water bottle and a plastic food dish. There are no connecting rings here so you won’t be able to expand the cage easily. But there are two doors – one top, one on the side – to give easy access to your furry friend.

Ferplast Hamster Cage

Best easy-to-clean hamster cage

Size: 31.3 x 11.6 x 10.4 inches | Weight: 4.27lb | Material: Plastic | Color: Transparent/Blue

Fun-looking plastic cage

Can be expanded

Comes with a little gym

Small

It's hard to describe this curious-looking set as a cage in the traditional sense other than the fact it keeps hamsters safely inside. But there's no doubting that the transparent molded plastic gives you a great view of your little pet and there's more than enough here to keep the adorable critter happy.

As you'll see from the photo, there are two sections. The main part includes sleeping quarters and a place for food, and there's a tube running out of the compartment and back in again which allows the hamster to have a bit of fun. It's sizeable, but not huge, although it looks great and will appeal to kids. Helping matters is the second section which acts as a gym. Accessed via another tube it includes a ladder and a wheel and because the latter is relatively silent, it won't annoy you over time.

By connecting more plastic modules using the tubes, you'll be able to expand the habitat as space (and money) allows. You'll also be able to remove the base or open the side door to give the cage a good clean: indeed its been manufactured for easy maintenance and the company is quick to mention this. 

It's just worth bearing in mind that some owners say their hamsters have chewed at the plastic and caused damage. Some dislike the water bottle that comes with the set-up, too, saying it doesn't dispense enough liquid. It's certainly one to consider, however, especially if you're looking to encourage children to care for pets.

Little Friends Mayfair Gerbilarium Cage with Accessories

Best chew-proof hamster cage

Size: 20.28 x 11.02 x 15.75 inches | Weight: 3 Kg | Material: Glass and metal | Color: See-through and black

Chew-proof

Shelves and ramps can be configured for variety

Deep base for burrowing

Durable and easily cleanable

Quite small

Wooden shelves aren't the most hygienic material

No water bottle provided

Is your hamster a master escapologist? Are they liable to chew their way through normal cages in a matter of hours? Then you need the Fort Knox of cages – the Little Friends Mayfair Gerbilarium Cage.

Instead of plastic, the base of this cage is glass, meaning any aggressive chewers won't be making their way out of the bottom of this habitat. Sitting on top of this is a cage made of thicker than usual metals bars, perfect for defying naughty nibblers. It also looks great, making a pleasant addition to any household.

The glass base is deep too, ensuring there's plenty of room for burrowing and hiding activity, and as the whole metal top of the cage comes away you get easy access for cleaning and retrieving your little hamster when it's playtime.

The cage includes an exercise wheel, house, bowl and some fun scalable wooden ramps and shelves so your hamster will have multiple levels to explore. The ramps and shelves are moveable too, so you can introduce a little variety into their habitat every time you clean it. Note this doesn't come with a water bottle included, so you will need to source that separately.

Some users have mentioned that as the wooden shelves and ramps come untreated, it may be worth using a little animal-friendly varnish to ensure if they mess on them they won't start to discolour or smell. You also may find the ramps a little long for all configurations, but they can easily be cut down with a saw.

These are minor quibbles though, especially if your main consideration is keeping your pet inside its cage!

How to choose the best hamster cages

Hamsters come in different shapes and sizes but all breeds are active animals and need plenty of space to run and play. Experts recommend a minimum size of 24 x 12 x 12-inches, but this can vary depending on the breed. Dwarf hamsters are smaller than other hamster breeds, such as Syrian hamsters, so they can live in smaller cages. But a simple mantra when choosing a cage is bigger is better. The Favola Hamster Cage is a good overall cage, matching the minimum recommended size and comes equipped with essential extras.  

Smaller cages such as the Midwest Critterville Arcade Hamster Cage compensate for a smaller floor area by having a vertical play space where your furry friend can exercise and stay healthy. 

A large cage like the Savic Hamster Heaven Metro Cage goes beyond the minimum recommended size and provides a deep base that accommodates plenty of bedding. Hamsters love to dig and burrow, so the deeper a base the better. 

Alongside a deep base a hamster will need a food bowl, water bottle, an exercise wheel and a nesting area for privacy. An added bonus is connecting tubes which allow you to extend beyond the standard cage. 

Toys are an essential addition and most cages do not come equipped with them. So this is the perfect opportunity to pick and choose what you want and help create the ideal space for your hamster. Just make sure that any toys you get will happily fit in the cage. 

Finally, you need to clean your hamster cage on a regular basis to keep your fur friend healthy. So easy access to the base makes life easier. Both the Savic Geneva Modern Hamster Cage and Ferplast HAMSTERVILLE Hamster Habitat Cage fit the bill here. Plus, make sure any doors are strong and secure and give you easy access to the inside of the cage.

Follow the guidelines above and we will help you get the cage that will keep your hamster happy and healthy. 

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Your hamster might be tiny, but she has a big paw-sonality! Choosing the right hamster cage is one of the most important purchases you’ll make for your fluffball to help her live her most fulfilling life.

Wire hamster cages are a great choice because there’s plenty of ventilation and you can easily keep an eye on your fur-iend. Another option is a hamster bin cage. This home prevents your escape artist from sneaking out and is still roomy enough for toys. Once you decide on the type, you need to choose which hamster cage size is right for your space and your pint-sized friend. Your hamster doesn’t need a huge space to live, but large hamster cages provide more room for fun additions—or maybe even another friend for your Dwarf hamster! Your Syrian hamster would prefer to live alone, no matter the hamster cage size.

Hamsters are fun pets, and they arguably have the most fun cages, too. You’ll find many hamster cages are already set up for entertainment and welcoming your paw-tner home, featuring built-in wheels, tunnels and hideouts. Some even have cute themes to match your pal’s spunky personality! Other cages start empty and are ready for you to fill—to make the best hamster cage for your hammy.

Adding hamster bedding to her cage helps make her environment as cozy and cuddly as can be. Of course, your fluffball will appreciate the extras that keep her entertained and happy like hamster toys, hamster chew toys and hamster wheels and balls. In addition to picking out a cage and filling it with fun, there are many other hamster supplies you’ll need to help keep your petite pet healthy. And when you have an on-the-go furball, hamster harnesses and carriers are the paw-fect choice for keeping her secure. Shop Chewy 24/7 for the best hamster cages for your petite friend.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the best cage for a hamster?

The best hamster cage is escape-proof and has plenty of ventilation. Hamsters like to burrow, so choose a hamster habitat that has a plastic bin bottom you can fill with hamster bedding. Remember that your hamster isn’t as large as other rodents, so the cage shouldn’t have big openings, or you might discover that you have an escape artist! For your adult hamster, bar spacing should be less than ½ inch—even smaller if you have an itty bitty baby!

Do hamsters need big cages?

Hamsters do not need big cages, but sometimes bigger is better! Her cage should be at least 15 inches long and 12 inches tall. Compared to other petite pets, hamsters don’t need big cages, but the larger options provide more space for fun. They are great climbers with help from tunnels, so if you choose a taller cage, be sure to utilize the space with fun hamster habitat extensions.

What size cage does a hamster need?

Your hamster needs a cage size that is at least 15 inches long and 12 inches tall. You have many options for hamster cages, and there are plenty of ways to make the space work for her. You can choose a pre-designed cage like the Ferplast Favola Hamster Cage that fills the space effectively for your friend.

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Best hamster cages 2021: Our favourite hamster cages for Syrian and dwarf hamsters from £30

Hamsters have long been a popular pet among both adults and children. And though it may seem that your choice of cage is less important than keeping your beloved pet fed and stopping it from escaping, many cages are not designed to last, are too small, or have other glaring faults.

The good news is that the best hamster cages needn’t leave you needing to remortgage your own home. There is a great selection of affordable options to choose from, some that come pre-equipped with the tubes, wheels and other accessories, and others that have multiple levels for your pet to explore. Irrespective, the best hamster cages should focus on granting your hamster as much room to safely run and burrow as possible.

The other good news is that we’ve sifted through the vast array of hamster cages on the market so that you don’t have to. What follows, then, is our pick of the best hamster cages that offer both excellent living conditions and easy maintenance at an affordable price.

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Best hamster cages: At a glance


How to choose the best hamster cage for you

How much do I need to spend?

The cheapest hamster cages roughly cost £30, but sadly most of these offerings do not have the required space or accessories for a hamster to lead a happy life.

Cages start becoming much more hospitable for your hamster at around the £60 mark and most cages around the £90 tick all the boxes. If you are particularly intent on your hamster never wanting for anything, then there are even some sensible options north of £100.

What does my hamster cage need?

Simply housing your hamster in a metal cage is not enough; it needs ample space to sleep, hide and run around. Furthermore, there should be plenty to keep your hamster engaged and happy, such as tubes, wheels and items to gnaw on.

Some cages will come with many of these things inbuilt, but sometimes it can be just as effective to buy a cage with plenty of space, before purchasing these items separately and adding them in.

How big does my hamster cage need to be?

Size is one of the most important factors when buying a hamster cage. Many cages do not offer enough space, and if a hamster’s living area is too small it will become stressed, unhappy and unhealthy. Indeed, hamsters need lots of room, and the cage must have enough room to house nesting material and the aforementioned items of enrichment and entertainment.

Blue Cross state that ideally Syrian hamsters should have 4,000cm2 floor space in their cage. We advise that Blue Cross’ guidelines should be used as the benchmark for space, so aim for a cage with floor dimensions of at least 75cm by 40cm. As dwarf hamsters are smaller, they can comfortably live in smaller cages. According to Blue Cross, their cages should have a minimum of 1,800cm2 floor space, but ideally they should have more. We recommend aiming for 3,000cm2 floor space as this should ensure they live happy lives.

In any case, a good rule of thumb is to buy as big a cage you can afford and accommodate.

Which materials should I look out for?

Plastic and metal are the best options. Having a deep base of transparent/translucent plastic is ideal, because it enables you to check up on your hamster as it burrows. Avoid wood as it is absorbent, so over time, it becomes unsanitary, pongy and rotten.

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The best hamster cages to buy

1. Zoozone Habitat medium: The best value hamster cage

Price: £65 | Buy now from Amazon

The medium-sized version of Zoozone’s Habitat series is far more spacious than many cages in higher price brackets. The emphasis here is clearly on living space – you can fill the Zoozone with every item a hamster needs and could ever want, and they’ll still have plenty of room to roam around.

You’d be forgiven for thinking more space results in more effort to look after. The lid is secure but can be removed easily, so cleaning the Habitat is less finicky than in other cages. It is also transparent, so you have great visibility of your hamster at all times. The cage is tall enough so your hamsters won’t be able to escape through the top, but if you want peace of mind then we recommend applying mesh, which thankfully can be done easily and cheaply.

One thing worth noting is the Zoozone doesn’t come pre-equipped with additional accessories such as wheel and house. However, because it gives your hamster so much space at such an affordable price, it should still be cheaper and more spacious than many rivals once fully equipped.

Key specs - Accessories: Water bottle holder, food bowls; Dimensions: L72cm x W46cm x H20cm; Total floor space: 3,312cm2; Weight: 3.5kg


2. Savic Hamster Heaven: The best hamster cage for Syrian hamsters

Price: £75 | Buy now from Pets at Home

As Syrian hamsters are the largest pet hamster on the market, they need a larger cage than their smaller counterparts. We recommend this offering from Savic as it offers a great variety of accessories, without sacrificing space. It even comes equipped with a penthouse suite, so if your hamster has a taste for the finer things in life, you can rest assured that they’re lounging in style. Another feature we like is the tube that runs over the top of the cage, which is great for any hamster that’s feeling particularly adventurous.

Despite this large number of accessories, the cage is surprisingly easy to assemble, so we’re sure you’ll like the cage almost as much as your beloved hamster. Many cages that come pre-equipped with items sacrifice vital open space for your hamster, but we’re happy to report that this isn’t the case here. Although the hamster Heaven comes wonderfully equipped, there is still ample space for your hamster to stretch its legs.

Key specs - Accessories: Water bottle, food bowls, wheel, house, tunnels, platforms, slides, toilet; Dimensions: L80cm x W50cm x H50cm; Total floor space: 4,000cm2; Weight: 5.5 Kg

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3. Savic Sky Metro: Best budget Syrian hamster cage

Price: £64 | Buy now from Pets at Home

A slightly less kitted-out version of its Hamster Heaven, this Sky Metro by Savic is a great option if you’re looking for an affordable home for your Syrian hamster. Despite its reasonable price, the cage still comes equipped with a wheel, tunnel and platform to keep your little friend entertained. The Sky Metro also comes furnished with a water bottle, food bowl and a cosy igloo for your hamster to sleep in, so you needn’t worry about acquiring the essentials separately.

Savic hasn’t neglected the owner’s needs either. The large door on the front of the cage provides easy access while the two handles on the side allow you to pick it up with ease. These are two great features for when you need to clean or move the cage. Please note, though, that some users have reported the wheel needed replacing with a bigger one, as the one provided was too small for their hamster.

Key specs - Accessories: Water bottle, food bowl, wheel, igloo, tunnel, platform, slide; Dimensions: L80cm x W50cm x H50cm; Total floor space: 4,000cm2; Weight: 5 Kg

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3. Ferplast Duna Fun: The best hamster cage for dwarf hamsters

Price: £95 | Buy now from Amazon

The Ferplast Duna Fun comes equipped with everything your little friend needs. It has a great variety of levels, tunnels and hideouts to keep it entertained. The cage itself is sturdy and the accessories are very secure, so even the most mischievous hamsters will have trouble breaking or dislodging anything.

There are also a few housekeeping features that we love. For instance, you can refill the water bottle using a jug without going through the trouble of taking it off the cage. Furthermore, the wire grid at the top of the cage opens, which comes in handy if you want to do some quick maintenance or just give your little friend some affection. If you want to do some bigger maintenance work, then don’t fret, as the base is removable.

Key specs - Accessories: Water bottle, food bowl, wheel, house, external tube; Dimensions: L71.5cm x W46cm x H40cm; Total floor space: 3,289cm2; Weight: 5 Kg


4. Zoozone Habitat large: The best hamster cage for multiple dwarf hamsters

Price: £68 | Buy now from Amazon

By spending an additional £20 over the medium-sized version, this large Habitat cage from Zoozone offers almost 2,000 extra cm2 for your hamsters to live in. This makes it a great option for housing multiple Dwarf hamsters because even when the cage is fully furnished, they’ll have ample room to have a quiet snooze by themselves when they’re finished playing.

The Zoozone is very similar to the Duna Maxi Multi (our pick for the best hamster cage if money isn’t an issue), in that it has enough space to provide any hamster with the perfect habitat. The only difference is that it is less robustly built and the plastic is more prone to breaking, but considering the far more affordable price, this is only a small drawback.

While Dwarf hamsters are more sociable than Syrian hamsters, and can often enjoy sharing a home, it’s important to note that groups must be formed early in their lives, and you should be prepared to house your pets separately if they don’t get on well together.

Key specs - Accessories: Water bottle holder, food bowl; Dimensions: L101cm x W51cm x H22cm; Total floor space: 5,151cm2; Weight: 6 Kg


5. Rosewood Abode: The best budget Dwarf hamster cage

Price: £40 | Buy now from Amazon

If you want to provide your hamster with one of the best cages on the market, prices can start rising rapidly. However, if you’re on a tight budget, the Rosewood Abode is a great option, as it has enough space to provide a Dwarf hamster with ample space and enrichment, at a very affordable price.

It comes pre-equipped with shelves, ladders, a wheel, a food dish and a water bottle.

It also has nice design features for the owner. For instance, all accessories are attached to the lift-off base, which minimises finickiness when cleaning the cage. There is also a slot into which you can simply drop the water bottle, which makes for particularly easy water top-ups. If you want to move your hamster to a better location, or simply clean the room, the cage’s modest size and sturdy design make for great portability.

Key specs - Accessories: ‘Drop-in’ water bottle, food bowl, wheel, shelves, ladders; Dimensions: L55cm x W39cm x H26.5cm; Total floor space: 2,145cm2; Weight: 2.5 Kg


6. Ferplast Duna Maxi Multy: The best hamster cage when price is no object

Price: £86 | Buy now from Amazon

The Ferplast Duna Maxi Multy is one of the costliest entries on this list, but for good reason. While many cages are so small that they verge on cruel, this model’s capacious design comfortably trumps almost every other offering. Pair this expansiveness with a deep base ideal for burrowing, and your hamsters have the perfect home. It’s so large that once it’s been filled with all the accessories your hamster needs, it will still have plenty of space to run around.

The bars in the Maxi Multy are under 10mm, making them suitable for any species of hamster. As it is so spacious, it can comfortably house a Syrian or multiple Dwarves with no issues. The entire lid lifts, which makes the entire cage easy to access and clean thoroughly. It also has safety hooks on the lid, to prevent any unwanted escapes.

The only con here really is it doesn’t come pre-equipped with all the items your hamster will need. Coupled with the already high asking price, and the Maxi Multy certainly represents a considerable investment. Considering it will provide any hamster with the perfect home, however, we’d say that’s an investment worth making.

Key specs - Accessories: Removable grill, wire mesh roof, safety clips on lid; Dimensions: L99cm x W51.5cm x H36cm; Total floor space: 5,098.5cm2; Weight: 7 Kg


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Choosing the Right Cage

Singapore is blessed with plenty of well-stocked pet shops that offer hamster cages in a myriad of makes, shapes and sizes. Regrettably, despite the large variety of designs available, most of the cages do not provide the minimum floor space required for your hamster to thrive. Sadly, that is how many well-meaning pet owners, especially first-time pawrents, end up purchasing substandard homes for their hamsters.  

Hamster Society (Singapore) recommends the following sizes:

  • Syrian Hamster: 80cm x 50cm

  • Dwarf/Roborovski Hamster: 70cm x 40cm

A simple rule of thumb when it comes to cage size: You can never have too much space! So, go ahead and provide a larger cage for your hamster if you have the resources to do so. If you feel like splurging, be sure to check out all of the amazing, custom-made cages available online. Carousell is a good place to start, and features beautiful and spacious cages made of wood, acrylic, metal and even glass.

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Final Verdict

The Prevue Pet Products 528 Universal Small Animal Home (view at Amazon) is a highly recommended option for hamster owners, as it offers a deep and extremely spacious base where animals can burrow and explore. If you’re planning on getting multiple hamsters, consider the Midwest Deluxe Critter Nation (view at Amazon), which is mounted on locking caster wheels and can be expanded with additional cages on top. 

Size

Many widely available hamster cages are actually far too small for these active little creatures, so it’s important to look at the area of a cage before buying. “Hamster owners should look for a cage that is over 600 square inches and tall enough to fit the proper wheel and at least 4 inches of bedding,” says Ramsey. To figure out the area of a cage, multiple the length by the width—this will give you the measurement in square inches. 

Wire Spacing

Hamsters can squeeze through surprisingly small spaces, so you'll want to make sure the gaps in wire cages are small enough to contain them. Dwarf hamsters require gaps to be smaller than 0.25-inch, while Syrian hamsters can live in cages where the wire bars are up to 0.5-inch apart. When in doubt, opt for a cage where the wires are closer together.

Material

“Hamsters are chewers by nature, so if you get an extra chewy hamster, you will want to provide a cage that isn't wood or plastic,” says Ramsey. You'll also want to make sure you pick a cage with a removable liner or a plastic bottom to make your cage easier to clean thoroughly.

FAQ

  • Most hamster experts agree that the minimum area of a hamster cage should be 450 square inches, but Ramsey recommends looking for a cage that’s 600 square inches or larger on one level. Putting a hamster in a cage that’s too small can result in stress behaviors such as bar chewing or biting. Additionally, a large hamster cage will give you ample room to place accessories, toys, and deep bedding.

  • You’ll need to clean your hamster’s cage at least once a week, which involves changing its bedding. To do this, you’ll want to put your hamster in a safe place, such as a pet carrier or hamster ball.

    Start by taking everything out of the cage and disposing of the used bedding, then wash the enclosure with a cage cleaning solution or a mild soap and water. You’ll also want to wash all the cage accessories and let everything dry before putting new bedding in. Once this is done, you can return your hamster to its home. 

This article was written by Camryn Rabideau, a freelance writer and lifelong animal lover. To get more information about what makes a good hamster cage, she spoke with Erin Ramsey, owner of Cheeks and Squeaks Hamsters and an ethical breeder of Syrian hamsters. While selecting products for this list, she looked for cages that offered at least 600 square inches of space and had wire spacing of 1/2 inch or less. She also considered the material of each cage and whether it came with any accessories. 

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