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Choosing the Perfect Hamster Home for your Furry Friend

Choosing the Perfect Hamster Home for your Furry Friend

There are many important factors to consider when choosing the perfect home for your hamster. Not only do you need a cage that’s large enough, but it must also be safe and easy to clean. For first time hamster parents, the various options available can quickly become confusing - to help, we’ve pulled together this handy guide to finding the best home for your hamster’s needs.

1. Firstly, your choice of hamster home will depend on the breed of hamster you have, and how many. For example, you would need a bigger cage for a Syrian hamster than you would for a Dwarf hamster. It’s also important to note that some breeds don’t mix well with others. Syrian hamsters, in particular, are best kept individually - you may think that your pet will be lonely on its own, but this breed of hamster will usually fight if they’re put together, and could even kill each other!?

2. Hamsters need plenty of floor space in their cage, so they have enough room to run around and have fun, so the bigger the better! Wire cages provide excellent ventilation and also act as a giant climbing frame, but they aren’t ideal for smaller species like Roborovskis, or even very young mice, which might be able to squeeze through the wires. For these species a plastic bodied home can be better like our Abodes.

3. Although Modular cages might look like the ultimate hamster pad, they don’t necessarily make the best home for your pet - useable space is limited, unless you ensure you’ve gone to town with the numerous add-on pods that may or may not be available. Our Pico XL by comparison has a similar compact footprint but as it’s a taller, wire home with lots of extra ladders and levels, it means hamsters can still have an exciting and feature-packed home. Plus, it doesn’t have a network of tunnels, which can be a hassle to clean as they need to be removed from the cage, pulled apart and scrubbed about once a month.

4. Glass cages can be appealing but you need to kit them out with activity products and toys as they are otherwise a little basic. However, these are ideal for furries that are prone to chewing through plastic and like to dig and burrow, such as gerbils. Glass is chew-proof and can be filled with a lovely deep layer of litter such as a pet-safe compost. But also consider that a glass tank may not always be ideal with very young children.

5.To ensure your pet gets the comfiest night sleep possible, you should try our Natural Soft and Safe Bedding. It’s 100% natural bedding with soft-as-silk fibres to create a perfectly warm and cosy nest for all hamsters, mice and gerbils. The fibre is also anti-bacterial and biodegradable, making it a sustainable alternative to coloured, artificial bedding.

6.Finally, your hamster becoming bored is extremely dangerous for its health and wellbeing, as they can start chewing on their cage in an attempt to escape. To help prevent this it’s important that your furry friend has a good selection of activity toys and gnaws. These include Boredom Breaker Corn, Sisal Toys and Shred-A-Log Corrugated Tunnel; perfect for playing, chewing and scratching.

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