- Wire cages: Wire cages tend to be larger and work well for large hamsters. Make sure the wire bars aren’t spaced more than a half inch apart.
- Plastic cages: Plastic cages, many of which have various tunnels or levels, are good choices for small- to mid-sized hamsters. The built-in tubes are great for hamster exercise, although they may be more difficult to clean.
- Aquariums. Small Chinese and dwarf hamsters do well in aquariums, which give them (and you) greater visibility.
Size is important
Because hamsters are very active, a bigger home is better. Get a cage that suits your pet’s size and gives him enough room to play and climb. Keep in mind that it needs to be convenient enough for you to clean as well.
Accessories make the home
Start with vital accessories, like a hanging water bottle and a shallow food bowl that can’t be easily tipped over. Then move to the fun stuff: exercise wheel, ramps, tunnels, toys and places to hide or nap. If your cage already provides some of this, even better. If it doesn’t, get tunnels or toys that will allow your pet to get in and out without getting stuck.
Location, location, location
Don’t forget that where you place the cage is also important for both you and your pet. Don’t want to wake to the squeaky hamster wheel at midnight? You may want to place the cage outside of your bedroom. Also drafts and sunlight can affect your pet, depending on the cage. Avoid cold or drafty areas with a wire cage and avoid direct sunlight, which can heat up an aquarium.