Hamster Housing

You can keep your hamster in a variety of cages, including wire cages and glass aquariums. Plastic aquariums and cages are not ideal, because your hamster easily could chew a small hole through the plastic, squeeze through and escape. If you choose an aquarium, be sure it’s well-cleaned and has a wire mesh top. Aquariums are not as well-ventilated as wire cages and require more cleaning. If you choose a wire cage, it should have a solid bottom. Make sure the wires are close enough so your hamster can’t squeeze through the bars. It’s also a good idea to make sure the cage door is large enough to allow you to reach inside easily to handle or feed your hamster.

Provide a layer of bedding for your hamster, such as Oxbow’s all-natural Eco-Straw. Avoid aromatic cedar and pine shaving beddings, because they contain resins that could be irritating to your hamster’s skin and lungs. Grass hays can be an important addition to your gerbil’s home, because they are ideal nesting, digging, tunneling and burrowing materials. Gerbils love to chew on the hay and move it around during playtime.

Keep at least two of these Oxbow varieties of grass hay on hand: Western Timothy, Orchard Grass, Alfalfa Hay, Brome Hay, Botanical Hay and Oat Hay.

Make sure you have these supplies for your hamster:

  • Cage designed for hamsters
  • Hide house such as Oxbow’s Timothy Club bungalow or tunnel
  • Exercise wheel
  • Oxbow’s Eco-Straw or other litter or bedding
  • Water bottle
  • Heavy food bowl
  • Oxbow’s Healthy Handfuls or other fortified food
  • Nesting material