How to Choose Cages for Hamsters

Looking for a cage that’ll ensure your hamster feels truly at home? Hamster cages come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and materials. Choosing the appropriate cage for your pet hamster is imperative and yet can be fun.


One of the most important things to contemplate when deciding on a hamster cage is safety and security.

The general principal for selecting a cage is to buy the biggest one you can afford.

Hamster that don’t get ample exercise can acquire cage paralysis (generalized weakness) usually resulting from a cage to small or not enough activities within the cage that provide opportunities to exercise.

Traditional wire cages may serve the need for the larger Syrian hamster. However, they are not always ideal for the dwarf hamster.

Wire cages can allow for the dwarf hamster to become stuck in between the bars or even escape if the distance between the wires are not close enough together.

Another reason why a wire cage may not be suitable for you is if you don’t want to have to clean up the bedding that your hamster may kick out of the cage.

Cages for Hamsters
Cages for Hamsters

Most of the popular cages for hamsters are wire cages and they can be a great, simple choice as long as you ensure that there is plenty of activity. They are easy to find at most pet stores and discount department stores as well as being relatively cheap. These are the easiest cages to clean and are therefore the most hygienic. This is because the wire frame is often detachable from the plastic base and wire can be cleaned much more successfully than wood (which your hamster is likely to chew) and plastic.

Other types of enclosures that are common are the glass and plastic aquarium style. The glass ones are likely to be more expensive.

Some people prefer to buy an aquarium fish tank and kit it out for your hamster. These however, are much more difficult to clean as the bedding from the base is difficult to remove.

Other draw backs of this type of cage are that they are cumbersome to move which makes them harder to clean. Problems with condensation may occur if you have a solid top for your glass aquarium.

To solve this problem, using a wire lid will suffice – make sure it is secured so your hamster doesn’t play a Houdini trick on you. The benefits of these aquariums are that there are zero worries of your pet getting caught in the bars.

The perfect window view to watch your pet hamster’s burrow. Aside from being lighter the plastic aquarium tends to have the same advantages and disadvantages as the glass.

Brightly colored plastic tube cages are quite appealing to the eye and can be a quirky home for your hamsters. Many of these type of cages tend to be very small and so you will need to ensure that your hamster still gets plenty of exercise.

Plastic homes that are too intricate can also be difficult to clean, although they can be a great way for your hamster to get exercise. Other options that can go inside the cage for pet playtime are running wheels, slides and seesaws.

Activities for your hamster are very important as they are very active, nocturnal creatures.
Adding a sleeping area for your hamster to nest will ensure a happy pet. Providing your hamster with a comfortable home will ensure its health and happiness.