There are lots of different types of hamster cage, from the more modern options such as the Qute, to more traditional options such as those you could purchase from your local pet shop. Although specific cage advice differs by hamster species, the general recommendation is that you purchase the largest and most practical cage that you can afford.
Before you make any decisions about your cage, you’ll need to decide which species of hamster you’d like, and how many of them you’re going to get. Having the answers to these questions is likely to save you some money in the long run, as the specifics of how hamster species need to be kept have big effects on their cage requirements. For example, some hamsters cannot be kept in pairs or in groups, and some (such as Syrians) will need larger enclosures. Syrian hamsters cannot be kept together, so if you’d like two of these little creatures as pets, you’ll need two separate cages, one for each of them. For more information on which hamsters you can keep together, have a look at our ‘Which Hamster Should I Get’ section.
Which hamster (or hamsters) you would like will have effects on housing
When you’re deciding on a cage, it’s a good idea to have already picked out a place for it in your home. Hamster cages differ in width, length and height, so there’ll be a cage that will fit your space - just make sure it’s big enough for a hamster to live in happily. A good recommendation is that the minimum floor space should be about eighty centimeters long by fifty centimetres wide, and that the space above the floor should be about twenty five centimeters.
Some hamster cages are a little unsightly and bulky, but the Qute (above) is designed to look like a small, stylish table, one that can slot seamlessly into your home. It’s available in a number of different colours, and some models provide drawers so that you can keep all of your hamster supplies neatly in one place.
Since there are so many hamster cage options, we recommend that you have a good look at the reviews for the product, or asking a friend with hamsters for a recommendation. Some hamster houses are quite poor-quality, and hamster have been known to nibble their way out of them and get lost. Others are too small for most hamsters, or haven’t enough climbing space. When you’re investing in a home for your hamster, it’s likely to be your hamster’s home for the duration of its life, so it’s best to get a good one.
Whichever cage you decide on, be sure to check that there are no jagged edges that your pet can hurt themselves on, and that there aren’t any easy escape options for your pet. Hamsters are notorious escape artists, and you’d be surprised how easily they can slip into the smallest of spaces.