How To Set Up A Hamster Cage
This is a guide to setting up a hamster cage to accommodate your new pet hamster and to contain your excitement.
Hi. My name's Marie. I'm the deputy manager of the Small Animal Department of Wood Green Animal Shelters in Cambridge here and I'm going to advise you how to care for hamsters.
I'm going to tell you how to set up a hamster cage. First of all, you need to choose a suitable cage for the specie of hamster that you're going for. Syrian hamsters may need a really large hamster cage with mesh on the top.
Ideally, aim for a small rat cage with small bars. They're very energetic and they need lots of space to move around in. A really great example for a Russian hamster is a large glass tank in around 3 feet in length.
You've got three different glass levels here so you can put different substrates on them. A really cool way of setting up a hamster cage is adding lots of fun enrichment. Things that are all around your house, children's toys are brilliant for hamsters.
They offer all sorts of hiding areas and things for them to climb on. We've also got all sorts of tunnels in here and you can use various house objects. Things like toilet rolls, again as I mentioned, children's toys, even small CD racks are brilliant for them to climb on and venture.
A really great example here is a globe and this is has had holes cut inside of it. You can place bedding in here. Hamsters can climb up and sleep and snuggle in there and turn that into their nest and that will look really cool inside this house.
What you'll also need to do is make sure you choose the right suitable bedding so you want to use chopped shredded paper on the base or Carefresh. These are the best two products that are safe against any skin issues and allergies. Don't use wood shavings.
What you could do to make it really fun and interesting for them is add different variations on the levels. Here we've got chinchilla sand on this level and you could also use organic soil on one side for them to dig around in. Hamsters love rummaging around in there and you could scatter the food in there to make it interesting.
You can also get all sorts of cool toys made from willow treats. You can get all sorts of nest as well. These are brilliant for hamsters to be able to sleep in and they can chew them as well.
There are many natural treats and toys on the market to really fill up the enrichment and make it really fun and cool for them. In the wild, hamsters would be very active and they travel under tunnels, they'd be climbing on all sorts of things. The bed is among them when you're setting up the enrichment and make it fun and interesting for them to be able to mimic what they would naturally do in the wild.
And that's how to set up a really cool hamster cage. .