Choosing the Right Hamster Cage For Your New Pet
Choosing the right cage for your new pet can be a daunting process. With some many options to choose from, which is the right one? First of all you should decide on which breed of hamster you want. Larger breeds such as Syrian hamsters have different housing needs than their smaller counterparts. Dwarf hamsters and Roborovski hamsters being smaller in size do not do well in conventional wire hamster cages as they can squeeze through the wire bars, often with tragic results. Once you've decided which breed of hamster you want to buy, you should determine how much you want to spend on your hamster's new home and how much time you can devote to the cleaning and maintenance of your pet's cage.
Plastic cages can be more time consuming to clean than wire cages, but provide infinitely more fun and entertainment for your pet. Plastic tube hamster cages make excellent homes for Dwarf and Roborovski hamsters because there are no bars for them to crawl through and escape. Syrian hamsters may not do as well in plastic tube cages as they can get stuck in the tubes. Wire hamster cages are ideal for Syrian hamsters and also allow your pet to climb and keep fit.
Glass cages are suitable for all sized hamsters but proper ventilation may be an issue. They are also harder to clean than wire hamster cages. Proponents of glass hamster cages claim that these cages are the easiest to disinfect. Whichever type of cage you choose always try to buy the largest size you can afford. Hamsters are playful animals and if they are not given ample space to explore and move around in will develop chronic health problems. Bigger is always better. Never buy a cage with a mesh or wire floor as this will be very uncomfortable for your pet.
To help prevent boredom and encourage activity you should provide your hamster with toys and gadgets to keep it busy. Hamsters particularly enjoy exercise wheels and you can even find silent variants if noise is a concern. Slides and seesaws and even hammocks make for an interesting environment for your pet. Make sure you include a hamster house in your pet's cage to allow it the opportunity to hide and nest. A bridge or hamster ladder is always appreciated, so try to incorporate that in your hamster's cage.
Hamsters love to burrow and you can find different shaped tubes and hidey holes to enrich their environment. Plastic tube hamster cages allow you to accessorise and vary your pet's cage to your heart's content. Wooden hamster tubes also offer gnawing opportunities, something hamsters love. Not only that, but you will get endless hours of pleasure as you watch your little hamster scuttle and explore the different levels and tunnels you create for it.
Keep your hamster's cage away from direct sunlight and drafts and always keep its cage clean. Hygiene is very important and can make the difference between a stimulating pet and a sick one, so always make sure to maintain proper cleanliness. Devote time and attention to your little pet and you should receive many hours of enjoyment from your hamster.
Source by Tom Woodcock