When you’re deciding where to place your hamster’s home, there are some important things to keep in mind:
- Keep the cage somewhere quiet
Your hamster will be sleeping for most of the day, and, they’ll be woken if there’s a lot of noise. Hamsters can get a bit grumpy and irritated if they don’t get enough sleep, so it’s a good idea to put the cage in a part of your house that’s relatively quiet.
- Keep them away from ultrasound
Hamsters have incredibly good hearing, and can detect sounds that we can’t. There are a lot of noises that come from electronics that we can’t hear, such as those from televisions and computers. Ultrasound also emanates from pipes, so places near dishwashers or taps can be very stressful.
Hamsters ears can hear things we can't, such as ultrasound
- Attempt to maintain regular lighting
Hamsters would benefit from being in a room in which, in the evening, the lights are turned off at approximately the same time every day. Hamsters can get used to some light, but if it’s turned on and off at different hours then they are likely to find it both confusing and detrimental to their sleeping schedules.
- Choose an area with a constant, warm temperature
Hamsters can get over or under-heated quite easily. General advice on cage-positioning centres around keeping these little animals out of direct sunlight, a good distance apart from any fireplaces or radiators, away from bathrooms, and clear of areas that are draughty, damp or near air conditioning. One of the worst places for your hamster is the conservatory, as these rooms can get very hot very quickly. The best places are those that don’t have a great deal of temperature fluctuation, so hallways and garages are not good options.
- Avoid laundry rooms and garages
These areas are often full of chemicals and dust, and vary a lot in temperature throughout the day.
- Find a good surface for the cage
If you need to keep your cage off of the floor, then you’ll want to find a good surface for the cage. This will need to be very stable so that it won’t allow the cage to fall. If you have a Qute hamster cage, then this won’t be a problem, as it’s a freestanding unit that doesn’t require a table or a support.
- Prevent other pets from accessing the cage
Large animals staring into the enclosure are sure to scare and put stress on your hamster. In the wild, hamsters are prey to a lot of different creatures, and cats and dogs are likely to terrify these little animals even if they just want to play with your little hamster. Keep your cat or your dog far away from the hamster’s cage (and away from your hamster when it’s outside of its home).