Housing and habitats for hamsters
When it comes to hamster housing, there is no shortage of options. With patience, you can even go beyond housing and construct an entire city for your pet. Consider the following factors when choosing a home for your hamster, from opulent mansions to charming cottages:
Although hamsters aren’t particularly good swimmers, tanks without water are ideal for these little creatures. If you decide to keep your hamster in a tank, make sure to secure it with a screen cover or a ventilated plastic top designed specifically for this purpose. Most plastic covers have been modified to accommodate add-ons such as tubes or hanging water bottles. An important side note is that you should never use a solid cover for any type of tank because ventilation becomes restricted and condensation forms inside the tank.
Tanks also have the advantage of being leak-proof, which keeps shavings and bedding contained. There are water bottle holders that can hold a water bottle with a plain screen cover. The main disadvantage of tanks is that they are more difficult to clean than other types of habitats. When it comes to tank equipment, freestanding exercise wheels are a popular choice.
There are various hamster habitats available to ensure your companion has everything he or she needs to live a long and happy life.
Some habitats have a rigid snap-on wire cover over a plastic base. These habitats are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some even include exercise wheels. These habitats are relatively inexpensive and highly customizable with various hamster furnishings and toys, despite being a little plain in comparison to flashier options. Furthermore, airflow in these habitats is superior to that in a tank.
Hamsters feel safe and secure when they have a hideout, so giving your hamster a home within a home is a good idea. Many hamster homes include a hideout, but if not, there are plastic, wood, or ceramic houses available separately. Sometimes a cardboard box or toilet tissue roll will suffice.
Clear, plastic tank-like habitats for hamsters are available with a variety of customizable options and add-ons. As your hamster travels through tunnels, tubes, spinners, or whatever else your heart desires, these structures can seamlessly combine home life with exercise. This housing style most closely resembles the tunneled environment in which hamsters naturally live.
Hamster habitats with tubes can be beneficial to your child, but they can also be time-consuming for you. These amusing contraptions may have difficult-to-reach spaces that make cleaning difficult. If you purchase a modular habitat for your hamster, make sure the connecting tunnels are large enough for your hamster to easily pass through. Be aware that your buck-toothed pal may occasionally destroy these habitats.
Nobody likes cramped quarters, so make sure your hamster’s home has enough space for an exercise wheel, a sleeping area, a food-hoarding area, and a toilet. There should also be plenty of room for your hamster to run around. Also, bigger is usually better when it comes to habitats.
You must keep your pet safe as a pet parent, and hamsters have some special concerns:
- Make sure your hamster’s habitat has no sharp edges.
- A habitat’s door or top should close tightly to prevent your hamster from pushing it open and escaping.
- Doors should always be opened to the outside.
- If you’re using a tank with a screen cover or plastic top, make sure the top fits snugly over the sides to prevent your hamster from escaping.
- If your hamster’s habitat is made of plastic, make sure there are no sharp edges that can be chewed through.
Hamster bedding and nesting
Gnawing on a mattress spring may sound painful to us, but your hamster has no problem consuming their bedding. That is why it is critical to buy digestible and non-fibrous bedding material for your hamster.
- Pelleted/chipped paper product litter
Litter made from paper products, wood, vegetables, or grain is absorbent and generally considered the safest type of bedding for your hamster.
- Shredded paper
If you’re in a hurry, shredded paper (such as paper towels or plain paper) will suffice. However, this type of bedding is not absorbent and easily becomes damp. Avoid shredded newspaper at all costs; the ink can be harmful.
- Timothy hay
Timothy hay or dried grass can be used as bedding and can be purchased at your local Petco.
- Wood shavings
Wood shavings are a common bedding source, with Aspen shavings being the most recommended for your child. Cedar shavings should be avoided because they can cause nasal and bronchial irritation in your hamster.
- Other materials
Although shredded cardboard is a safe bedding option, it can also be coarse and uncomfortable for your hamster. Fabric scraps are a bad idea, so avoid using them at all costs.
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