The importance of a right cage
In lieu of the quality of the life of one’s hamster, which includes the overall health and well-being, it is imperative that a good hamster cage is selected for the hamster, as it is a very crucial investment that one can make for their hamster. A wide range of factors to choose from, including the types, layouts, about the species, as well as the size, the safety that shall be guaranteed, are in play, and one has to be very careful in selecting as well as settling down on one type of cage for their hamsters, as it will play a very vital role in determining the kind of life the hamster will get to enjoy.
The wrong cage can prove to be a significant obstacle in the life of the hamster and might hamper the condition of the lifestyle of the hamster.
How do we choose the right cage for our hamsters?
Firstly, size plays a significant role in the selection process. The minimum size that is highly recommended is 18inches*13 inches*25 inches, which refer to the width, height, and length respectively. 450 square inches are the minimum space these hamsters would require to live humanly and function, in an enclosed space.
However, these requirements are the bare minimum for a hamster to survive. If, one is getting a hamster as a pet, it is highly important, that we not only look after their survival, but better living conditions with ample amounts of care. Hence, it is important that the hamster cage is bigger and more spacious, to allow them to play and roam around more freely. Also, sections need to be allotted for these creatures to store their foods, use the washroom. It is very important to recognize the kind of hamsters that one has, identify the species, and do the appropriate research, as there is a huge variety among hamsters, and they need to be taken care of differently.
Good and proper ventilation is another important factor that should be kept in mind while selecting a cage. Poor or bad ventilation can lead to a number of respiratory ailments for these poor creatures, as they need a good space to breathe. Bad ventilation can also lead to fungal or bacterial growths, further causing such infections. Aquariums or plastic cages can have very bad ventilation, whereas wire cages are properly ventilated. Thus, a proper wire cage with the right dimensions is suggested. Also, appropriate research needs to be done on the types of cages by the owners so that their hamsters do not suffer through ailments.
A cage that can be cleaned easily is important as at the end of the day, hamsters are pets, and living beings. This makes it important that it is made sure, that their cages are cleaned every once in a while, and taken great care of. Thus, it is also important to have a secondary cage in times like these, when your primary cage needs cleaning, and you need to place your hamster somewhere. Different kinds of cages require different levels of cleaning. Plastic cages can pose the maximum issues while cleaning due to their multi-faceted components. Also, cages with poor ventilation would require additional cleaning.
Solid floors are required for cages to provide a firm ground for hamsters to rest and place their steps. We do not want the hamsters to have their feet caught in the wires or to trip over, or face issues such as injuries. Thus, it is also essential that a sturdy and solid ground is ensured for the hamsters so that they do not face any issues
Now, different species of hamsters have different requirements. This also makes them have different kinds of living conditions, and in turn, different cages. Smaller hamsters might have different requirements, pertaining to the minute details, while bigger hamsters may require more space. So, proper analysation on the species and their requirements is essential.
Selecting, and settling down on a cage is a very important investment and helps one in the longer run. However, it is also important that people keep in mind their budgets and do not go overboard with this whole idea. The idea is to settle down on a cage that is good, but not necessarily the most expensive one in the market, or one that burns a hole in the pocket of the one who has to make the purchase.
How we need to learn and educate ourselves about the cages
We need to do our researches and learn about the different kinds of cages in the markets. For instance, wire cages, which are the most preferred ones, can often have issues with spacing, which id an aspect, one needs to learn about. Similarly, it is very suitable for Syrian hamsters, so it is also important that one does the proper research about the respective species, and cages about their requirements.
Plastic cages are multi-faceted and have a lot of components. They can also be visually pleasing and serve as a playground for the hamsters with the availability of a lot of tunnels. However, these are only for hamsters smaller in size as the larger ones could get stuck and this could prove to be a big problem.
Aquariums are not precisely designed keeping hamsters in mind, so they need to have proper mesh tops and are better suited for smaller hamsters. Also, additional purchases might have to be done
Lastly, in the growing market for cages, we have an option called bin cages. Now, these are caging that one makes on his/her own. They are comparatively a lot cheaper on anyone’s pockets and can suit a lot of people’s budgets.
Thus, a lot of research, analyzations have to go into the buying of the appropriate cage for one’s hamster. Along with it, people need to keep in mind the budget and their requirements about the species of the hamster.