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There are cages available to suit every budget and you don’t need to spend a fortune in order to keep a pet hamster. If you’d like some pointers that may help you choose from the huge number of options for hamster cages then please read on…
There are generally 5 popular breeds of hamster kept as pets in the UK:
When it comes to which hamster cages are suitable for which hamster breeds you’ll find the 3 main cage types (plastic base tray with metal bars; glass; plastic modular) all have their good and bad points. From a safety standpoint though i.e. what provides the best environment for your hamster, it's fairly straightforward — the larger the cage the better, especially if you’re thinking of going for a Syrian hamster as most adult Syrian hamsters will benefit from an 8 inch hamster wheel.
If you’re considering buying any of the dwarf hamster varieties there are a couple of things to bear in mind:
This type of cage is widely stocked by online retailers at a range of prices to suit most budgets.
If you just want to dip a toe in the water, and don’t want to spend a lot, there are plenty of options for buying something pretty modest and inexpensive. However there are also some absolutely fantastic cages around, that are definitely not modest or inexpensive, that will provide a really amazing environment for your hamster.
Generally these types of cage consist of a plastic tray on the bottom and a metal cage section on the top.
We think wire mesh hamster cages offer the best combination of price and size.
The metal sections can be of varying heights and attach to the plastic tray, usually by way of clips or catches, to keep the whole thing together as one complete and secure unit.
Often, these types of hamster cages come with free accessories such as a water bottle, food bowl, hamster house and hamster wheel. The free accessories aren’t always brilliant quality but it’s a starter for ten and they’re not expensive to replace.
The metal cage will usually have one or two doors in the side or top of the cage but preferably both.
Having both a top and side door is ideal if you have younger children as it can be a stretch for little arms to get to the bottom of a deep cage in order to pick up your hamster. The last thing you want to do is scare your hamster by awkwardly scrabbling around the bottom of the cage trying to pick him up — a frightened or agitated hamster is likely to nip. A side door gives you much easier access to food bowl, bottle, wheel, toys etc and of course your hamster.
Prices continually change but wire mesh hamster cages can be bought online for prices ranging from around £39 to £65.
To get a good idea of prices check this list of hamster cagesavailable for sale in the UK.
The plastic modular type of hamster cages usually come with a large collection of tunnels and pods in which your hamster can explore and play and provides umpteen places for a nice nest. These cages start at around £28 and increase in price depending on how elaborate you want your cage to be.
One of the drawbacks of plastic modular hamster cages is that they're usually on the small side — you can check out cage sizes and prices using our hamster cages price list. You should always try to give your hamster as much room as possible and the great thing about the plastic modular cages is that they can easily be extended.
You’ll also find that some come with covers whilst some don’t. If you buy a glass tank that doesn’t come with a cover it’s important that you buy one or make your own. It’s also (obviously) critical that your hamster is safe from other household pets as well.
Hamsters are great climbers and in a shallow tank, if there’s exercise equipment and toys to climb on they’ll definitely make a bid for freedom.
If you’re not aware that your hamster has gone travelling it can be really hard to find him again.
There are some places online that sell glass sided tanks with a wire mesh cage that sits on top which provides the best of both worlds. You get the deep substrate for super burrowing along with the easy access of a glass hamster cage and the security and great airflow of wire mesh. The Falco Small Pet Cage is a great example of this type of glass and wire mesh hybrid hamster cage.
If you’ve decided on glass you’ll find they’re not stocked as readily as other types of cage, and they’ll typically be dearer. Prices continually change but start from around £70 for the Small Pet Terrarium Kerry to £169 for the Living World Green Eco Habitat .
Read more about glass hamster cages and terrariums.
The following table gives you the main points to bear in mind when selecting hamster cages to buy:
|Cage Type||Benefits||Drawbacks||Approx Price|
|Wire mesh||Widely stocked; Suits most budgets; Wide range of sizes;Easy to clean; Good airflow; Good access to hamster||Can be messy as bedding & substrate etc can be pushed out through bars; Not all are suitable as a dwarf hamster cage||£39 — £65|
|Plastic modular||Can be expanded very easily; Provide plenty of places for exploration & exercise; Can be suitable for dwarf hamsters||Smaller enclosed areas can reduce airflow; Can be time-consuming to clean; Access to hamster can be more limited; Not usually suitable as Syrian hamster cages||£28 — £40|
|Glass hamster cages||Easy access & viewing of hamster; Suitable for dwarf and Syrian hamsters||May need to buy a separate cover; Can be heavy to move and therefore to clean; Can have reduced airflow||£70 — £169|
As a bit of extra info here’s a list of the main specialist cage manufacturers:
As a bit of extra info here’s a list of the main specialist cage manufacturers:
It’s really important to make sure that if you get a free hamster wheel with your cage it isn’t the sort that has rungs through which your hamster’s leg might fall through, get trapped and get broken. Most of the wheels that come with cages these days will be of a solid construction with no spaces between the rungs which is great and is the safest option.
It’s also important to make sure that the wheel in the cage is of a suitable size for your hamster. If your hamster has to bend his back in order to use his wheel then it’s too small and you need to buy a larger wheel. Replacement wheels can be had for around £5 — £20.
If you’re looking for a hamster cage online you won’t go far wrong if you stick to the reputable sellers. The main online shops all have great selections of cages at a whole range of price points to suit most budgets.
If you’re going for a dwarf hamster cage then you could start out with one of the smaller cages, perhaps one of the modular types or a glass terrarium. The things to watch out for are the size of the bars, big gaps = escaped hamster, and depth allowed for substrate — the deeper the better as dwarf hamsters love to burrow.
If you’re going for a larger hamster such as a Syrian then go for a larger cage that will provide plenty of room to play and exercise. Most people seem to be agreed that the larger the cage is the happier the hamster will be so the larger plastic bottom and wire mesh types would be most suitable. If your space is limited you could always stack 2 cages one on top of the other and connect them to each other with tunnels.
For more general hamster info please follow the links below: