Types of Dwarf Hamster Cages
Dwarf hamsters can make very good pets if they are cared for properly. One of the main
considerations for keeping any type of hamster, is what type of housing you plan to utilize. This is a very
important decision and should not be taken lightly. The proper enclosure can be the difference between a happy and
healthy hamster, or a not so happy pet. There are several different types of cages that a dwarf hamster can do well
in. In this article, we will talk a little about three different types of dwarf hamster cages. Specifically, wire
cages, aquariums, and plastic enclosures. Each type of cage has its own advantages, as well as
Wire Cages - These types of enclosures are very easy to clean and can
provide plenty of fresh air for your hamster. The only drawback, is that sometimes your hamster could get cold from
a draft. Dwarf hamsters need to be kept warm, so be sure if you have a wire cage, that you keep it in a warm room.
You will also have to make sure that your hamster will not be able to squeeze through the bars of the cage. Wire
cages are normally very affordable, and a good choice for the beginner.
Aquariums - Glass aquariums are a little bit more difficult to clean, and
the air also has a tendency to get stale. If you have a glass aquarium, it is a good idea to have a fan in the room
to keep the air moving. You will also need to clean a glass aquarium often, because bacteria sometimes forms on the
bottom of the tank. Aquariums will also keep the heat in better than a wire enclosure.
Plastic Cages - Dwarf hamsters love to run and play, and a plastic cage
can provide many tunnels, furniture, and toys for the hamster to play with. Many plastic cages come with a built-in
tunnel system and a running wheel. This will give your hamster plenty of exercise, which in turn will make him
happier. Plastic cages are probably the best all-around enclosure for a dwarf hamster.
These three types of cages are by no means the only cages available. Many people build
custom enclosures for their hamsters made out of various materials. Whatever type of cage you decide is best for
your situation, remember that the ultimate goal is to give your hamster a safe and comfortable home.