Choosing the right cage for your hamster

Cage for hamster is not a prison, and his house.To ask the seller, how to choose a home for a rodent is not necessary. A store employee may be interested in selling the most costly option, or simply do not understand the physiology and needs of these animals.

The owner is also not necessary to know all about hamsters, but the information about how much space is required tiny rodent, and what are the different types of cells, will be useful.

Basic parameters

Size

The minimum size of the bottom – 50х30 cm for dwarf types and 60x40 cm for the Syrians. There is no maximum, but large cells are harder to wash, they take up a lot of space. Having a hamster as a pet just based on the fact that he takes a lot of space.

Huge cells, which can be seen in a pet store, designed for large rodents – chinchilla, Guinea pig. Sold there and tiny – 20x25 cm

A small cage can be for sale as a dwelling dwarf species, but in fact they are only used for jigging young, quarantined during illness, conduct mating. In other words – for short-term detention of the animal.

It is a mistake to assume that little hamster will be quite a small area to live in. Rodents are clearly divided into zones of your home: bedroom, dressing corner, a pantry, a dining room, space for games.

Below the zone is not crossed, the place should be enough. Not to clutter the space inside.

 

The types of rodent cages.

Lattice

Metal with plastic base: one of the most common options for the content of a rodent. Advantages:

  • easy to clean and disinfect;
  • easy to attach accessories (wheel, drinking bottle, feeder);
  • a constant flow of fresh air.

Disadvantages:

  • the high level of noise (the hamster chews the bars, shaking the cage);
  • open from all sides: animal spreads the filler is not protected from cats;
  • running and climbing on the bars, the hamster can damage the foot;
  • the grille interfere with the observation of the animal.

Some disadvantages eliminates the manufacturer elaborate design. If the pan is deep enough, the filler will not be broken. If the floors and stairs inside are made of plastic, the likelihood of injury is reduced. An example is the Ferplast "Criceti 15" – a large cage with a deep plastic tray. It is also suitable for joining pipes or other modules.

cage Ferplast "Criceti 15"

The design of such cells is about the same, but colors are rich: the plastic part (tray) comes in all different shades, and the metal bars are painted in black or white color. Girls will love the pink cage Ferplast "Laura".

cage Ferplast "Laura"

For reasons of aesthetics and fashion for eco-friendly design, you can find a mesh cage made of wood. Cage "Hamsterville" Ferplast bleached pine even wooden accessories: wheel, ladders and floors for the house feeder. But although wood is impregnated with a special moisture barrier composition, it gradually absorbs odor and difficult to clean.

cage "Hamsterville" Ferplast

Wooden cage with a pull out tray that allows you to do the cleaning, without removing the animal from the cabin.

Aquarium or display case

Glass terrariums for keeping hamsters is rarely used. Gone are the days when Jungaria kept in the usual three-liter jar. Advantages of aquarium:

  • convenient to observe the pet;
  • less noise (the animal is not biting the bars);
  • inaccessibility for the cat;
  • scattered around the filler.

Good review in this case – a dubious advantage: a transparent cell can be made of plastic, do not have to keep rodent "behind the glass".

The disadvantages outweigh:

  • it's hard to wash (heavy, glass is very easily soiled);
  • inappropriate configuration (high wall);
  • poor ventilation (greenhouse effect);
  • it is difficult to position the equipment (wheel, drinking bowl).

The height of the aquarium should be no more than 30 cm, so the animal was starved of oxygen. Exemplary parameters: 70х50х30 see it is Forbidden to use a solid top cover. To leave it completely open too undesirable, the pet can escape. Usually close the glass house a special mesh.

There are special aquariums for rodents with holes for ventilation, and a sliding front wall. Their height is considerably less than that of aquariums for fish.

aquarium for hamster

Wooden floor cell with transparent doors of Plexiglas called showcase. Do they make them to order. This advantage: home will be the right size to fit into the interior. This drawback – the price starts from a few thousand rubles. The bottom must be made of plastic or stainless steel, otherwise the tree will quickly become worthless from the feces of the animal.

Disadvantages:

  • showcase of wood absorb odors and start to smell;
  • it is impossible to conduct high-quality disinfection after the death of the hamster;
  • the tree may wind up bugs, insects. Process the wood is dangerous to the hamster, which would sharpen on his teeth, and untreated wood is prone to damage.

A large three-story showcase looks very impressive, but they are designed for leaping and climbing animals – chinchilla, rat. Hamster – plains-dweller, he will not appreciate such a structure and can be injured when falling from a height.

showcase

If you need is a closed cell for reasons of purity, instead of a tank and display cases should look to the so-called dunes.

Single storey wooden showcases industrial production are most often designed for large rodents, rabbits, Guinea pigs.

Plastic dune

Dune is a cell with transparent walls and a metal grill on top for ventilation. Combines the advantages of the lattice cells and the aquarium. Opening roof and removable drip tray make cleaning simple. Closed cell does not allow the animal to throw the litter around, but to observe the pet is more comfortable than through the bars.

cell dune

Lattice with plastic inserts

There are interesting variants in which part of the lattice, made of twigs and a part of the plastic insert. They offer a wealth of equipment (floors, wheel, ladder, house) and the main advantage of plastic pipes. It is possible to buy additional sections and pipes, creating a maze and a space for games. Hamsters in nature to run 10 km every day, so ensuring an adequate level of activity is the most important condition for the health of the rodent.

The simple two-cells are not suitable for hamsters – the plains-dwellers have no idea the height, do not know how to land on all four paws, and can get hurt falling from above. Modular homes pipes allow you to create a safe house with 2-3 floors and more.

Some cool cell:

  • IMAC bunk cage for rodents "Fantasy" 58х38х38,5 cm suitable for Djungarian hamster, very bright and beautiful through colored plastic will serve as decoration for any child's room;
the IMAC Fantasy cage
  • The Syrian hamster will feel fantastic in a three-tier cage Ferplast "Duna Fun Large" 71,5х46х41 cm;
cage Ferplast "Duna Fun Large"
  • Team (modular) cage Ferplast "Circus Fun" by itself is too small, but it is possible to install pipes to connect to other modular cages: Combi Lab;
cage Ferplast "Circus Fun"
  • Spacious Savic "Hamster Metro" 80х50х50 cm – super option for a hamster of any breed.
cage Savic "Hamster Metro"

How to connect two cages for hamsters

If you have two little cells, you can combine them instead of buying one large cage grown pet. Lattice home connect, removing (wykonywa) rods or a wall and bonding with the other cage wire. For hamsters, preferably horizontal expansion and not a multi-storey mansion.

Some models have a special round openings in the walls, with a thread for attaching the modules to the same firm, expanding the area of the home through outer space. A module can be a tube, a corridor. Pipes sometimes twist around the cell perimeter, and you can use them to connect the two cells. The diameter of the corridor should match the size of the animal.

two connected cells

How much is cage for hamster

Cell type Price: depends on size and equipment:

  • lattice with a plastic tray 1000-8000 R;
  • lattice wood about 6000 R;
  • showcase: custom 6000-27000 R;
  • dune 2500-6000 R;
  • combined modular 3000-9000 R.

The cheapest metal in combination with a plastic tray, but will have to buy additional equipment. Inexpensive can you buy a used cage, but it must be from materials that can be disinfected. Wooden cage can only be new.

The cost of the cell significantly exceeds the cost of the animal, often people are not willing to invest in the purchase of a lot of money. Then it is better to take a simple but spacious. The best cage for a hamster is not always the most "classy" in appearance, because the animals are deprived of color vision and the concept of aesthetics. Metal sold at a lower price than plastic.

For different species — different standards

Djungarian and Syrian hamsters have significant differences, both in behavior and in size. Therefore, recommendations on the choice of cells for each breed will vary. Detailed information can be found at:

How much is a hamster with cage

Often the ads you can see the listings for hamster with cage. In this case, the presence of the animal not only increases the price, but rather makes the purchase quite a bargain. Depending on region the price ranges from 500 to 2500 p. Buying a hamster with a ready-made housing, it is necessary to ensure that the cell is not too small, as is often the case.

Where to put the cage with the hamster

Animals are sensitive to change, so better to decide where to put the cage of your pet, and try not to move. This place should be inaccessible for direct sunlight, protected from drafts. You can't put the cage too close to the battery.

Around should not be potted plants or other objects, which will be able to reach the inquisitive rodent (curtains).

It is undesirable to allow the hamster to house other Pets. Pet maximum protect from the noise (TV, music). In the room should be fresh air (without smoke), constant temperature of 20-22 C.

Dwelling rodent is placed on a platform (table, dresser). It is more convenient to observe the pet, and most importantly – the hamster will not get scared every time you approach.

The rodent instinctively perceive everything he sees from above as a threat, because the main enemies of hamsters in nature – birds of prey.

Best fits the hamster queries bedroom. It should be noted that the hamster is a night animal, producing an amazing amount of noise. For many it interferes with sleep, and a place for the cells is selected taking into account not only the hamster needs, but also personal comfort.

Equipment

Expensive modern cells are equipped with the necessary accessories. If not, buy more advanced equipment:

  • home;

The hamster should be a place where he feels secure. Syrians approach the house, 14-15 cm, and Djungarian about 10 cm It needs to be no Windows, or the hamster can get stuck in a hole and die from suffocation.

The houses are of different material. Optimal use of wood without a bottom or high-quality plastic (firm Savic, Trixie, Ferplast).

house for hamster wood

Ceramic is very beautiful, but pet can be cold. Usually, the shelter is used as an alternate summer option.

house for hamster ceramic

Extra cabin can also serve as a nest woven from straw, which will be gradually eaten by the resident.

house for hamster straw
  • wheel;

The ability to run is vital to hamsters, but that the wheel was beneficial, and not harmful to health, it is necessary to choose the right. It should be large enough diameter for the Djungarian hamster 16-18 cm, for the Syrian – 18-22 see Better if the surface is solid: mesh or rods can cause injury to the paws.

hamster wheel standing

Suspension wheel produces much more noise is attached to the lattice bars of the cage. Standing wheel is well suited for the dunes, almost silent with proper maintenance (grease) and a thick layer of filler. Material – plastic, wood or iron fine mesh (Trixie).

hamster wheel suspension

An unusual alternative to the wheel is a cross-country plate. More information can be found in the article about wheels for the hamster.

  • drinker.

Preferred hermetic automatic waterers (ball or pin). Capacity can be small because it is recommended each day to change the water for fresh.

drinking automatic

The wheel house and a drinking bottle – the bare minimum.But if you approach the AU-the animal will please you activity and good health, and his home fit into the interior of the room. You can argue about which cell is better, but there is no simple answer, all individually.

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