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Setting Up a Hamster Cage

Have you recently adopted a hamster? These adorable little furballs make great pets, and are quite easy to care for. One thing that is very important is making sure that Hammie is comfortable and happy in his cage. In this article, a Folsom, CA vet discusses setting up hamster cages.

Choosing the Cage

If you get a Syrian hamster, which is the most popular breed, you’ll need a cage that is at least 3 square feet. Syrian hamsters must live alone, though some other types of hamsters can be housed in same-sex pairs. Ask your vet for more information. Make sure the cage offers suitable ventilation. A wire cage is a good choice.

Substrate

Once you have the cage, you’ll need to add substrate. Aspen is a good choice. Avoid pine or cedar substrates, as they are dangerous for small animals. You can also add nesting material, such as shredded tissue paper.

Location

Choosing the right spot is almost as important as choosing the right cage. Your furry buddy will be most comfortable in a quiet place where he can see and hear his human friends. Avoid putting him in direct sunlight, or in a loud or drafty area. Hamsters have specific temperature needs, so keep Hammie in a room that is always between 65 and 75°F. This is very important! If your tiny furball gets too cold, even for just a few hours, he may try to hibernate. Pet hamsters don’t know how to hibernate properly, so this can be very dangerous.

Accessories

Your hamster will need a hidey-hole, so he has somewhere to go when he feels frightened or wants some privacy. Hammie will also need a water bottle. Hamsters like mazes, so add a few tunnels for your furry pal to explore. Exercise wheels are very popular with these little guys. If you get your pet a wheel, choose a solid one, as wire wheels can be dangerous.

Toys

Hammie will need lots of fun toys to play with, including some suitable chew toys. You can give your pint-sized pal items made of cardboard, wood, or paper, as long as they are clean and do not have sharp edges or small parts. Avoid giving Hammie toys that are covered in paint, stain, or varnish.

Please call us, your Folsom, CA animal hospital, with any questions about hamster care. We’re here to help!

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