Hamsters, Mice and Gerbils

Minimum Cage Size

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.

90cm Single Level Hamster Home with Corner House - Branded

The RSPCA used to state a minimum hamster 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 space you can give your pets, the happier they will be.

We make 4 standard sizes of Pet Home for small pets – all of which will be suitable for your hamster, mice or gerbils depending on how much space you want to provide, and what’s more, all our standard sizes can be purchased with a mesh or perspex front.

Our smallest size is 90 x 60cm  (see main pic above).  We also offer a 120 x 60cm (see pic below) and some pet owners looking for a truly luxurious home may want to consider a 150x60cm or 180x60cm size typically used to house guinea pigs.

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.

Exercise 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.

Trixie Wheel - side view

 

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, however, this is usually the result of too small a cage, or not having enough hiding places, climbing walls and other toys to keep them entertained.  Your little pet will be much happier in the largest home space you can give them, with plenty of interesting and fun items to play with.

There is no need to worry about your pet gnawing through the wood, as the 19mm solid timber frame with additional wood corner inserts makes our Pet Homes very sturdy.

If your pet has had a tendency to bite the bars in previous cages, again this is most likely due to the fact they are unhappy.  We do fit wire mesh as standard to the front of our Pet Homes but to help discourage bar biting, you can opt for a Perspex front instead.

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