Get to Know Your Hamster and Their Housing Interest (FAQs)

A hamster cage is the most important investment if you tend to keep these small rodents as your pets. A lot of owners have expressed frustration regarding their hamsters chewing on the cage, or keep escaping from it.

In today FAQs, we will examine hamster housing and equipment.

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FAQs – Housing for Hamsters

How do you mediate the smell of a hamster cage between cleanings?

The best way to keep the hamster cage hygienic is cleaning it often.

If you wish to meditate the smell of the cage between cleanings, then it would help to utilize deodorization methods, such as lightning aromatic candles or sprinkling baking soda on the pet’s beddings.

Read More: How to tell if you have a sick hamster?

Why do people put hamsters in a cage?

hamster in his cage

Hamsters make great house pet, however, their instincts drive them to run and escape. If they have your permission to run freely, you will have to do a tough job supervising them. Without a cage, the hamster will have the whole house.

to themselves. On their journey to explore their area, the rodent is likely to get injured or lost.

What’s more, the rodent will also gnaw on your household appliances, and leave its droppings everywhere.

Some people take the home-made route of putting their hamster in a washing tub or in a tin canister.

However, we strongly advise that you get a cage for your hamster. Both you and the pet can find a way to make the cage a safe and cozy home for the pet.

Read More: What do hamster need?

Why does my hamster grab the cage? Is it because the weather is getting hotter?

Short answer: Yes, your hamster might grab the cage because the weather is getting hotter.

Long answer: There are many reasons as to why the hamsters grab on the cage. One of the most popular causes is that the pet needs something to chew on or to play with. Hamsters grabbing or gnawing on cage bars because they see it as a toy.

A hamster may also release its stress with being in a too contained space by chewing on the cage.

As you may not know, a hamster needs a cage at least ten times bigger than its size to feel content.

In some instances, your hamster may also feel hotter than you do, because rodents can’t respirate and regulate their temperature like a human.   

Make sure that you are mindful to the cage size, temperature and their toys to keep your hamsters healthy.

Read More: How to take care of hamster?

Why does my hamster escape his cage in the middle of the night but climbs into my bed and wakes me up?

As we have mentioned above, hamsters are driven by their instinct to explore places.

Once they are done with the four walls that you’ve built as their pen, their next target will be your entire house.

So, if you don’t make sure that the cage doesn’t have any openings, it’s a given that the rodent is going to escape.

The middle of the night is when there are fewer movements and sound around the pet.

On the other hand, some hamster tends to be more active when the moon is high.

These two factors contribute to the likeliness that your rodent tries his best to escape in the middle of the night.

On the journey, it may end up anywhere, even on your bed.

This chance is even higher if you and your hamster have a close relationship.

Read More: Hamster care guides.

What happens if there are 2 pregnant hamsters in one cage?

Hamster housing

If you keep two female hamsters in pregnancy in one cage, the noise and movements that each hamster makes will disrupt the other’s rest. It won’t do good for your hamsters’ health.

On the other hand, the mother hamsters might feed on the young (especially the young that they did not deliver) when they’ve just given birth.

Therefore, it’s best that you put the pregnant hamster is separate cages in a quiet, ventilated area.

Read More: To know about hamster eating faqs.

Why do hamsters bite their cage so much?

Hamsters biting on their cage is an implication of stress. Other than that, symptoms related to stress such as anxiety or depression also lead to excessive chewing.

Or more commonly, boredom is also a good reason that makes your rodents chew on its cage.

Can I attach another cage to my hamster’s old cage without her getting scared?

When introducing a new hamster to your household, it’s always better to put the new one in a cage separately from the old ones to prevent fighting among the two.

So yes, you will do the hamsters a good deed by attaching another cage to your hamster’s old cage.

Even if your pet gets scared, the experience is still much tolerable than letting the new one and the old one share the same cage.

How do Hamsters escape their cage when it was securely locked?

If a hamster escapes, then the cage must have had an opening, whether you can see it or not.

Actually, many owners make the mistake of overseeing the small cracks or openings.

The rodent may not try to go out when you are setting up the cage, but they will grab the chance when you are out of sight. Hamsters are nocturnal animals, so they tend to be more active when the night is deep.

A cage securely locked is not enough.

You also have to make sure that the cage doesn’t have any cracks or openings to keep the rodent from escaping.

Good cages make happy hamsters

Much like your house means a lot to you, a cage is a whole world in which a hamster plays, sleep, eats and spends its life. Make sure that you set up a secured, closed, commodious space that has a lot of toys, food and drinks inside to keep your hamsters healthy and happy.

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