Good Hamster Cages
I would say the biggest hamster cage that you can afford would be best for an active and healthy hamster. I recommend a minimum ground area of 360 square inches for a hamster cage which is quite small compared to other forum minimums. Rarely will you find a suitable cage in a pet shop that meets the minimum requirements. Hamster cages at Walmart tend to be very cheap quality and poorly built. The ones that are good are more expensive. A good hamster cage should have a wheel for exercise as well as chewable toys to help your hamster wear down their teeth. Food should be fed to them in a heavy ceramic bowl to prevent them tipping it up. Hamsters are not happy in small cramped conditions and may display signs of depression and repetitive behavior such as bar chewing. Hamster cages are available in a wide variety online as well as in-store. It is best to shop around for the best prices, as there are certainly bargains to be had especially online!
Module Type Hamster Cages
There is a lot of module type cages with linking tubes on the market which are good as an add-on to the main cage but don’t represent a great stand-alone cage for a hamster. Hamsters thrive best in wide open spaces so multi-tiered cages do not count with regards to minimum space area for them.
Hamsters are excellent at squeezing through minuscule gaps, and they are prone to finding the perfect places in the cage where it is an idea to start chewing to make an escape route. Even some of the some of the best hamster cages for Syrians can give your hamster an easy escape route. You should have a solid rock hamster cage so you won’t need to worry about your furry friend getting out and running around the house. Bars with smaller than 1/2 an inch should be standard when looking at cages because dwarf hamsters and baby Syrian hamsters can easily squeeze through caps. A good rule to follow is – If their face can fit through, then all of their body can develop as well. Dwarf hamsters are a lot smaller than Syrian hamsters and are able to squeeze through bars much easier so bear that in mind when choosing your cage. It is important to remember that social species of hamsters need lots of room to stop them from fighting.
Low Budget Hamster Cage
As a small budget option – A bin cage is a cheap option for a hamster cage that easily fits the minimum space requirements. I would recommend going to IKEA and getting a large plastic container and using that as a hamster cage. Find the biggest one you can find, and get some wire mesh to put over the top of it to secure it from cats or other predators. You will need a proper dwarf hamster cage for dwarf hamsters.
The Savic Hamster Cages are some of the best hamster cages for Syrian hamsters and Dwarf Hamsters alike. Very well built with beautiful colors. Included with the cage are a nesting area, tunnels, wheel, water bottle and bowl making it an excellent value buy.