Habitat Sweet Habitat: Hamsters
Setting up a habitat for your new hamster? Here’s what you need to know.
Choosing a Habitat
- Only house one hamster per habitat.
- Your hamster requires a wire cage or a 20-gallon aquarium with a wire-mesh top. It should be large enough for a food dish, water bottle, exercise wheel and a hiding area. There should be sufficient room for all cage accessories and for your hamster to move around freely.
- Cages with tubes, tunnels and hideaways are good as they provide exercise and relieve boredom.
- Minimum cage size is 12”x12”x12” with wire spacing no larger than ½“ apart.
- Your hamsters cage should be placed in a cool 65-75°F (18-24°C), low humidity area, out of direct sunlight.
Play & Hide
- Hamsters love exercise, so ensure yours has a wheel for running. Remember, hamsters are nocturnal and may use this wheel at night.
- Hamsters also enjoy running in an exercise ball when outside of their cage.
- A small house inside their cage should be provided as hamsters like to hide and sleep inside enclosed spaces.
- Your hamster’s teeth never stop growing, so you will need to provide chew toys at all times.
- Hamsters will shred materials to make a nest. Nesting materials made of natural ingredients should be offered.
- Your hamster’s cage should be lined with absorbent bedding such as recycled paper, aspen or pine shavings. Line the cage with a minimum of 1-2” (2.5-5cm) of bedding.
- Cedar shavings are not recommended for small pets.
- Bedding should be spot cleaned weekly and completely changed every other week.
❏ Wire Cage (minimum size 12”x12”x12”); maximum bar width ½”
Living & Outfitting ❏ Water Bottle
❏ Crock Food Dish
❏ Hiding/Sleep House
❏ Chew Toys
❏ Exercise Wheel (solid, no rungs)
❏ Exercise Ball
❏ Nesting Material
❏ Fortified Hamster Diet
❏ Hamster Treats
❏ Salt Wheel