Hamsters, Mice and Gerbils

Minimum Cage Size90cm Single Level Hamster Home with Corner House - Branded

Hamsters and other small rodents need plenty of space to move about as they are highly active at night.  Without adequate room, these little animals will become unhappy and/or overweight.

The RSPCA used to state a minimum cage size of 75cm x 40cm x 40cm for dwarf hamsters and larger for Syrians.  Although they no longer advocate a minimum size, instead focusing on quality over quantity, they do state that hamsters should be able to exhibit all normal hamster behaviour including running and exploring (and not just on a wheel!), climbing, burrowing and playing.  The majority of commercial cages don’t provide anywhere near the amount of space required, so do think twice before you buy – the more spacious home you can give your pets, the happier they will be.

75cm Home with Corner House 1

We currently offer two sizes of Home – a  90cm x 50cm size or a 120cm x 60cm  size aimed at guinea pigs, but if you have the room in your home, will provide a bit of luxury for your Hamster.

To view our range of Hamster Homes, just click on the button below.

 

 

 

Housing More Than One Animal?two hamsters cropped

Syrian hamsters must be housed individually, but dwarf hamsters, mice and gerbils are more social creatures, and can be housed in pairs or groups.

When housing two or more dwarf hamsters together, it’s better to buy a cage without any platform levels or compartments, as this may lead to fights over territory – that’s why shelving is optional in our homes.

Our 90cm Hamster Home is ideal for a dwarf pair, as there is plenty space for a separate wheel, nesting box, food bowl and water bottle for each animal, as this will help them get along.

90cm Hamster Home for Dwarf Pair

Hamster Behaviour

Hamsters and their rodent cousins love to climb and burrow.burrowing hamster cropped

The wire mesh on the front of our home provides a ready-made climbing wall, and the deep drawer allows your pet to burrow in a thick layer of wood shavings or other suitable substrate.

 

Exercise

In the wild, hamsters will run up to 3-5 miles every night foraging for food, which is a long distance for such tiny feet! It’s therefore important your pet has access to an exercise wheel to fulfil this natural instinct.

Wheels usually come in 3 sizes, and you need to choose the right size for your pet.  We offer just the Medium and Large sizes as the small size will usually mean your pet is having to arch their back – even for dwarf hamsters.  It’s better to size up to avoid any risk of back problems for your pet.

Karlie Wonderland Wheel - Medium & Large

 

What if My Pet likes to Chew?

Frame ThicknessMany rodents will chew their homes in an attempt to escape, often because they are bored and unhappy.  This can be the result of too small a cage, or not having enough stimulation through appropriate toys and exercise.

Our Homes are sturdy: the 18mm spruce timber frame comes with 12mm panelling, and additional wood inserts in the corners, making it more difficult to gnaw through.  They also provide plenty of space for toys and accessories that will prevent your pet from becoming bored in the first place.

Wire mesh is fitted to the front, but if your pet has a tendency to chew the bars of their cage, then you can now opt to buy any of our homes with a perspex front instead.

If your pet does cause any damage to their home, we can replace any individual component for a small charge plus postage.  The unique design of our Homes allows you to do this very easily by unscrewing one or two screws.

We hope this information helps you choose the right home, but if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.