Buying a secure and comfortable hamster cage for your pet hamster can be one of the most important decisions you will make for their wellbeing. Here are some of the things you might want to consider before buying a hamster cage.
Cage Size Requirements:
1 dwarf hamster should be provided with a cage that gives it 1 cubic foot of space with an additional space of 0.5 in case there is an additional hamster in the same cage. Sometimes, you may come to the realization that you need even more space of avoid squabbling between the hamsters. A cage that is appropriately sized will not get dirty as fast and that will keep your hamsters a lot healthier. If there is more room to interact, hamsters get along better because that is how their social dynamics work. Hamsters do not get defensive over their space and do not feel the need to protect it in case there is ample space. A large cage size will also prevent hamsters from chewing bars or circling around due to boredom.
Not all cages available as part of the huge variety available in markets is created equally. Some basic requirements and safety guidelines that should be taken into consideration when buying a hamster cage are;
Bar spacing; A cage with ½ inch or smaller for spacing for adult hamsters should be looked for while it should be lesser for smaller hamsters. The cage should be very solid so that you don’t have to worry about your hamster escaping and getting lost in the house. Baby hamsters might need a cage with glass walls or even plastic, for that matter to avoid them from slipping through.
The base of your cage should be one that has a solid surface, even wire grates for hamster poop to fall throughout.