Where should you put your hamster cage? Although some people will say put it anywhere you like, you should keep the following considerations in mind:
- Cage Temperature
- Hamster Safety
Hamsters may be rodents, but they are as responsive to heat and cold as we are. If a hamster gets too hot he or she can get heatstroke. If a hamster gets too cold, he or she can go into hibernation.
When deciding where to locate your hamster cage:
- Do put the cage in a place that provides enough ventilation. That is, make sure fresh air can easily flow into and out of the cage.
- Do make sure the cage is on a solid and even surface.
- Don’t put the cage outdoors.
- Don’t put the cage on a basement floor as these tend to get cold, especially in the winter and at night. If you must keep your hamster in the basement, raise the cage up by putting it on some kind of sturdy platform. And provide plenty of bedding material so your hamster can burrow deep.
- Don’t put the cage in a window where it can get too much air and sun.
- Don’t put the cage directly in front of an air conditioner. This will blow too much cold air directly on your hamster.
- Don’t put the cage near something which gets too hot such as a space heater or fireplace.
- Don’t put the cage someplace where it will get direct sunlight. This can cause hamster dehydration and heatstroke.
Also remember that the temperature inside a hamster cage will be a few degrees higher than the surrounding air temperature – especially if you are using an aquarium as a cage.
Remember, hamsters are most active in the evenings. They like to sleep during the day. So put your cage somewhere where it will be quiet during the day so they can get their rest.
When you think about hamster safety you probably think about your hamster escaping from its cage. Yes, this is a real safety issue. But there is another important safety issue to consider when deciding on your hamster cage placement – namely other pets.
Hamsters have a good sense of smell. They can be stressed or frightened when they sense other animals are nearby. So first, if possible, put your hamster cage out of the reach of other pets. If you can, put the cage in a room other pets can’t get into or are not allowed in.
No matter how cute you think it looks, do not allow your other pets to rest on top of your hamster’s cage. This will also frighten your hamster.
Pets like cats or ferrets, will, by nature, attack and eat your hamster. You pet reptile, such as an iguana, will do the same. Birds will peck at your hamster and harm him or her. A dog may not eat your hamster, but a dog paw is quite dangerous for something the size of a hamster. Additionally, your hamster will be frightened if a barking dog gets too close.
So please be sure your hamster cage has a lid and keep your other pets away from your hamster. This will provide your hamster with a safe environment.