Pet hamsters require a safe environment with room to move, eat, sleep and exercise. Cage materials should be sturdy enough to withstand chewing and secure enough to prevent escape. Avoid wood or soft plastic as these will encourage a hamster to gnaw. Hamster habitat location should be safely away from other pets, out of direct sunlight and away from high activity areas to keep the hamster from getting stressed. A regular feeding and cleaning schedule is recommended. Place cages away from windows and doors to protect the hamster from quick temperature fluctuations.