Is it cruel to keep hamsters in cages?

Is it cruel to keep hamsters in cages?

Is it cruel to keep hamsters in cages?

Is it cruel to keep all animals in captivity? No, and there are many commonly kept animals who’s needs we can actually meet – dogs and cats are examples of that, as are rabbits and guinea pigs. These animals do just fine in captivity. Dwarf hamsters can do just fine too providing they are kept in a large enough set up.

Why cages are bad for hamsters?

Most plastic cages are too small for a hamster and cause the hamster to become bored and display unwanted behaviors. As well, smaller modules may not have good ventilation posing health risks for hamsters.

What is the best size cage for a Syrian hamster?

Syrian hamsters should be housed in a large, mesh cage. They like to climb and roam around large areas, so the cage should have several levels and a large enough floor space to keep them active….The ideal cage design for a Syrian hamster:

  • Depth: 50cm.
  • Width: 80cm.
  • Height: 35cm.
  • Bar spacing: 1cm is the safest size.

Do hamsters like being out of their cage?

If you want to let your hamster out of its cage I would suggest a play pen or a ball but strongly advise you DO NOT let your hamster run free outside of its cage. Just because one hamster reacts a certain way, doesn’t mean all hamsters will. Free ranging is a great way to give a hamster some time out of the cage.

Should hamsters be in wire cages?

There are many benefits to a wire cage. Wire allows for good ventilation and may keep moisture from building up too quickly in the bedding. If you do go with wire, make sure there is a half inch or less of space between the bars, so your hamster can’t squeeze out. Wire cages are also easier to clean than tanks.

Can u put 2 hamsters in the same cage?

Owners who want to keep more than one hamster in the same cage should opt for the Dwarf species. Syrian hamsters, however (and sometimes Chinese too) must be kept alone. If they share their cage with another hamster they become very stressed, which leads to illness, violence, or both.

What type of hamster is the nicest?

Syrian (Golden) Hamster The Syrian hamster is the best species for handling. It is easy to tame, the slowest of the popular pet hamsters, and the least likely to bite. Though docile with humans, they are territorial with other hamsters and should always be housed alone.

Do Syrian hamsters like to be held?

Over time Syrian hamsters adapt wonderfully to being handled and can be desensitized. For some it may only be a week or so, others may be a little more sensitive and take a few weeks.