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Here are a few tips for the best possible housing for your hamster. Its housing should:

  • be made of strong metal to be escape-proof, as hamsters can gnaw through wood, plastic and soft metals.
  • include a secure lid and solid-bottom flooring.
  • offer at least 150 square inches of floor space with a cage height of at least 6-10 inches.
  • include a nesting or hide box with deep litter for burrowing.
  • be placed in optimum temperatures of 65-79 F, with young maintained between 71-75 F.
  • provide relative humidity environment of 40-70%.
  • contain a nesting material, such as undyed, unscented toilet tissue. The hamster will instinctively manipulate this to simulate the burrow, and it helps the hamster control temperature.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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