Housing your Hamster

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Housing your Hamster

Dwarf hamster housing Cosy and comfortable Playtime Cleaning Hamsters are active little creatures and like lots of space to exercise in – so the bigger the hamster cage the better!   Hamsters are vulnerable to extremes of temperature and should be housed indoors.  In the wild if the temperature suddenly drops below 14°C and the food supply is scarce some hamsters will hibernate to try to survive. Place your hamster’s cage away from direct sunlight as hamsters can’t sweat like humans and succumb to heat stroke very quickly. There are a variety of cages available from plastic bottomed cages with wire sides and tops to plastic rotastak housing units with tubes and tunnels.   View our Hamster Products section for a selection of hamster housing BackTo Top Dwarf hamster housing Dwarf Hamsters (Campbells Russian Dwarf, Winter White Russian, Chinese and Roborovskis) require different housing to Syrian (Golden) Hamsters due to their small size as they can squeeze through the wire bars of normal cages.  The wire bars on cages for Syrian (Golden) Hamsters are usually no more than 1.3cm apart but for a Dwarf Hamster the gap needs to be much smaller:  no more than 0.5cm.  Specialist Dwarf Hamster housing is available and Petstop has a wide range for you to choose from. Dwarf Hamsters love to dig and will need a deeper layer of substrate (floor material) than their Syrian cousins.   Despite their tiny size, Dwarf Hamsters are hyper-active creatures and there are exercise wheels that have been especially designed for them.   View our Hamster Products section for a selection of dwarf hamster housing and accessories Visit our Hamsters As Pets advice to learn more about different types of hamsters BackTo Top Cosy and Comfortable The housing should contain a nesting box as hamsters like to hide themselves away inside an enclosed space to sleep and need somewhere to hide the food titbits they stuff into their pouches. Soft, safe and cosy nesting material and bedding are available for your hamster to curl up in. Never use wool or any other type of fabric for nesting material as the fibres can be ingested and become lodged in the hamsters gut. The floor of the cage should be covered in a deep layer of substrate such as wood shavings.  There are also specially formulated substrates available made from recycled paper and wood pulp.   Hamsters chew all sorts of things and the lining of their cheeks (their little pouches) is a delicate membrane that is easily injured. Never introduce any type of bedding that is potentially toxic, abrasive or sharp, no matter how small. Visit our Hamster Products section for a wide range of nest boxes, bedding and substrates BackTo Top Playtime Hamsters like to burrow and tunnel in the wild so provide tubing to create an underground environment for them in their housing.   They also enjoy exercise wheels in their housing which give them a healthy workout.   Studies suggest that hamsters can run distances of up to 5 miles on their exercise wheels! Hamsters love to climb and some cages have multi-levels for your hamster to explore.  Be careful to make sure that the drop is not too high in case they fall.  You can add ladders, ramps and climbing frames for your hamster to play on and there are also see-saws, hamster balls and mazes to keep your hamster amused and happy. Visit our Hamster Products section for a wide range of hamster exercise wheels, boredom breakers and toys BackTo Top Cleaning Your hamsters cage should be cleaned out thoroughly at least once a week using a pet-safe disinfectant.  You may need to clean your hamsters toilet area daily.   There are hamster litter trays available which take advantage of your hamsters natural instinct to go to the toilet in one specific area of their home. As hamsters hoard food (either in their nest or a favourite place in the cage) always throw away any fresh, uneaten food before it goes mouldy. View our Hamster Products section for a range of hamster hygiene and cleaning products BackTo Top