When shopping for hamster enclosures, you’ll want to look for ones with enough space for exercise, play and rest. Chewy carries a great selection of hamster enclosures, along with all the hamster cage accessories you need to make your hamster cages feel cozy and welcoming for your pets. Here are a few things you should consider before picking out a new hamster home.
Hamsters love to dig and climb, so the best hamster habitats will have a deep solid base and wire sides. The roomy base should have enough space for lots of soft bedding material and be made of plastic or other sturdy material. Wire bars spaced closely together should prevent escapes either by chewing or wiggling out, and they’ll also provide a good foothold for when your hamster feels like climbing. Plastic habitats or aquariums can work for hamsters, but you’ll want to make sure they have adequate ventilation, lots of places to climb and that they’re easy enough to clean.
The size of the cage you’ll need will depend on the breed of hamster you have, but a good rule of thumb to remember is that bigger is usually better when it comes to hamster cages. Multiple levels, ramps, tunnels and climbing surfaces can help make the cage feel roomy for your hamster, but you’ll still want to have plenty of floor space to keep your hamster happy and active.
Whatever type of hamster enclosure you choose, make sure it has adequate room for racing around and digging in fluffy hamster bedding as well as space for hamster toys, hamster hideouts and beds, sleep areas and a food and water station. Ensure your hamster gets enough exercise by providing hamster wheels & balls to run in, and consider outfitting your hamster cage with tunnels and platforms—or getting an enclosure that has them built in—for extra fun. You can also provide a safe place for exercise outside the cage with one of the many hamster playpens & habitats they make for precisely that purpose. Chewy carries all the gear you need to set up a stimulating habitat for your hamster. Shop our online site to find the perfect hamster enclosure for your pet and great deals on everything that goes in it!
Frequently Asked Questions
What enclosure is best for a hamster?
The best enclosure for a hamster is one with lots of room to roam and climb. For a Syrian hamster or a pair of dwarf hamsters, a cage with a footprint of 24 x 12 inches and at least 12 inches tall would be the minimum size, but the bigger, the better. A cage with a deep plastic base and wire sides would be ideal in terms of digging and climbing comfort, plus it’ll be well-ventilated and relatively easy to clean. You may want to consider a multi-level cage for your hamster to provide even more room for roaming and climbing.
Where should I keep my hamster cage?
Keep your hamster cage in a place where you can interact with your hamster frequently, but make sure it’s in a calm environment without too much noise or foot traffic that can cause stress. Exposure to loud noises and vibrations can cause serious mental and physical health issues in hamsters. A location that’s out of direct sunlight and away from drafts is best. Try to ensure that the temperature remains relatively constant between 65 to 70 degrees and avoid locations prone to dampness or poor air circulation.
Can you keep 2 hamsters in the same enclosure?
You can keep two hamsters in the same enclosure if they’re dwarf hamsters, but larger breeds don’t take to cohabitating well and can become very stressed if you house them together. If you are keeping dwarf hamsters, be sure they have lots of space, individual feeding and water stations and separate nest boxes or hamster hideouts and beds for them to use. It’s also a good idea to keep only hamsters of the same sex in one enclosure to reduce procreation and territorial behavior.