What Is The Best Cage For A Dwarf Hamster?
There are 3 types of dwarf hamsters and they are Russian (Campbell’s & Winter whites), Chinese and Roborovski. Although Winter whites are actually djungarian hamsters they are classed as Russian Dwarf Hamsters.
If you are like me and enjoy watching your dwarf hamster play, feed and love being in their environment then you will want the best cage for a dwarf hamster.
There are some amazing cages on the market right now for dwarf hamsters and I will show you them below but before I do, I must say that building an aquarium for your Dwarf Hamster is always the best option. But for those who want top rated dwarf hamster cages, read on…
The Essentials A Dwarf Hamster Cages NEED
Most dwarf hamsters have a life span of 1-2 years however many can live longer. They are a very playful species and can easily become bored. Regular handling, chewies and toys sometimes doesn’t quite do the trick.
Russian Dwarf Hamsters struggle to climb compared to Chinese hamsters. Dwarf hamsters in general are not great climbers. However Chinese hamsters are considered the best climbers out of all the small hamster species.
Because of this, cages with tubes that are vertical are not great. In the wild dwarf hamsters live in small holes in the ground and enjoy burrowing. They nocturnal and come out at night to avoid their main predators.
The essentials a dwarf hamster cage must have are:
1. Space – This is incredibly important for the future and happiness of your dwarf hamster. Many people think that because they are small they require a small area or small cage. A good example of a cage that is too small for dwarf hamsters is the Ferplast Combi Cage.
2. Tubes – Believe this or not, but dwarf hamster love tubes that they can climb in. It replicas tunnels that they would dig in the wild. Many cages come with tubes however do not choose cages with tubes that will be difficult to climb. An example of this is the Habitrail OVO Dwarf Hamster.
3. Wheel – The wheel is a great way to help dwarf hamster burn of energy whilst having fun. It is entertaining to watch and a great feeling to know that they love running in their wheel. The problem is that many good cages lack a good, quiet wheel. My recommendation to this situation is that you purchase the silent spinner from Amazon here and read the reviews.
4. Food Bowl – A food bowl is essential for keeping your hamsters cage clean. It will keep your dwarf hamster from throwing food around and making a mess. It will also prevent feces getting into their food stash. A good cage will come with this.
5. At least 2 layers – This really matters for a small hamster because they live in their cage 24 hours of the day (other than ball time) 7 days a week. Having 2-3 floors in their cage really keeps them occupied more and “in their own little world”. This also prevents them climbing on the bars and becoming bored.
Ferplast Laura Cage – Our Favorite
The Ferplast Laura cage is well known for reliability (no escaping hamsters), fun and quality. You can see our full review including our video review by Clicking Here.
Ferplast have made another excellent cage here called the Laura cage. It includes all of the essentials above and is a good size. Although this is not the biggest cage for dwarf hamsters that Ferplast have, it really is flexible when it comes to customizing the cage. In fact its so good you can put your wheel up or downstairs and you can manipulate the tubes to attach to other cages.
Dwarf Hamsters find the tubes easy to climb and their is no risk of falling or becoming stuck.
The bad points about this cage is that the wheel it comes with is not 10/10. It does work fine however it is better replaced with a silent spinner or flying saucer.
Dwarf Hamsters Love this Cage! One of our male Russian Dwarf Hamsters will always climb back into his cage after handling. He is very tame and not afraid, just love this cage. You can see him do this on our how to tame a Russian dwarf hamster video.
What Is the Best Cage for Two Dwarf Hamsters?
If you choose to keep two dwarf hamsters together then you should be prepared to split them up, even if you never have too.
Not all dwarf hamsters can live side by side and some prefer to live on their own and this is normal. Russian Dwarfs are the most sociable and friendly breed towards each other. If you are considering keeping two together see our Russian Dwarf Hamster Fighing to prevent yours fighting.
You will need double the space and the best cage for two dwarf hamsters is the Ferplast Duna Cage. However even this is not big enough…
This cage will provide plenty of space but to prevent fighting when they grow older you ideally want to attach another cage. It is very easy to do so with the Duna Cage and you can also connect the Ferplast Laura Cage.
It is better to use a aquarium (for fish) without water as a surrounding and then put lots of toys and accessories to keep them happy. Dwarf hamsters will fight to the death over space, food and territory. This is why we recommend space for each of them.
When choosing the perfect cage for your beloved dwarf hamsters you should always make sure that the cage you choose has all fits to all the points above.
This way your hamster will love a happy life and will be easy to tame, handle and fun to watch.
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