Syrian Hamster Housing

Syrian Hamster Housing

Your Syrian hamster has lots of energy and needs a large cage with lots of room to race around in - in the wild they can easily do an 8 mile run. Ideally, the base should be plastic and the sides and roof wire. That gives plenty of opportunity for climbing, which your hamster will love to do.

Exploration is a popular pastime too. So a cage with different levels or compartments would be perfect. If the route from place to place is by tube, however, be careful. Syrian hamsters are twice the size of their Dwarf hamster cousins, and can easily get stuck if the tubes are too small.

You should create a separate sleeping area then cover the entire cage floor with wood shavings and put shredded paper on top. It's comfy and good for nesting. Don't use cedar or pine shavings, they can cause allergic reactions. Don't use man-made materials. And don't use straw - sharp edges can pierce your Syrian hamster's delicate cheek pouches.

Your hamster will want to set up a toilet area, a nesting area, an eating area, and a play area, so your cage will need to be big enough to accommodate all of this. It's important to keep the cage hygienic, so clean it thoroughly once a week. But clean the toilet area more often.

Outside is a no-go area for your pet Syrian hamster. Inside, the cage needs to be carefully positioned. A constant temperature is what you're aiming for: avoid direct sunlight, draughts and radiators. In very cold weather, provide more bedding or move the cage somewhere warmer. At temperatures below 10°C, your pet may hibernate, becoming very still. Don't panic. You can warm him up gently by holding him in your hands.

Finally, remember that a Syrian hamster has extremely sensitive hearing. So site the cage away from the TV, loudspeakers and household appliances.

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