Hamsters have become very popular pets nowadays due to their reduced size and their cuteness. We have to admit that. Hamsters are cute and tiny furry creatures that are fun to have around. But before buying a hamster, you must think about hamster cages, because your future little fluffy friend will surely need a home.
There are all kinds of hamster cages out there, and we know that having too many options might feel overwhelming for most people, we decided to offer here a short guide on the main types of hamster cages, highlighting the pros and cons of each option.
Hamster Cages – Things to Consider
First of all, you need to know what species your future hamster will be, because in some cases, he might need more space than others. For example, the Syrian Hamster will need a much bigger cage than a Dwarf Hamster. In general, you should aim for at least 450 square inches of floor space for your hamster to feel comfortable.
Secondly, you should opt for a cage with a plastic bottom at least 1.5 inches deep for it to hold the wood shavings that will serve as bedding for your future little friend.
Now we’ll take a look at the main three types of cages.
Wire Hamster Cages
Wire cages are the most common of all because they are cheaper that the others in general, they provide very good ventilation, good access and the frame of the cage makes for a perfect climbing environment for your hamster. You can find them almost anywhere and they have a good grip if you need to move it around.
On the other side, the cons are that some hamsters might try to chew or nibble the bars of the cage, which isn’t good for your little friend’s teeth. Another bad side of this type of cage is that your hamster can fall from the bars when climbing, and if the height is too great, he might get injured in the process.
Aquarium Hamster Cages
The nice side of having an aquarium for your hamster is that you get to observe him very well. The aquariums are sturdier than the others and there aren’t parts to chew, which is good. Also, there’s no way for your hamster to escape and get lost or hurt around the house.
The bad sides of an aquarium are the poor ventilation, difficult access to the hamster, they’re heavier and can be very difficult to clean, leading to lack of hygiene for your little fluffy friend. They are also more expensive than other cages.
Plastic Hamster Cages
The plastic cages with all sorts of colored twisted tubes might look like a great home for your hamster but they’re actually not that good.
On the plus side, they look nice, they provide enjoyment for the observer, they’re hard to escape but that’s about it.
The bad sides are that they’re very poorly ventilated, extremely complicated to clean, it’s hard to get to the hamster, they can be very expensive, and most often than not, they won’t provide enough space for your little friend to run around and they can even get stuck in those plastic pipes.
While there are plenty of options out there, now you’ve got an idea of what to look for.