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The house for the hamster is one of the accessories that you will need if you are going to live with one or more of these animals. In this AnimalWised article we will talk about the different types of hamster houses that you can find for sale. As you will see, there are many models, so we will dedicate a section to collect the basic recommendations to take into account when choosing the best house for your hamster.
However, if you are one of those who prefer to make this type of accessories with your own hands, at the end of the article we also explain how to make hamster houses in a simple and homemade way. ¡Keep reading!You may also be interested in: How to care for a baby hamster Index
- Types of hamster houses
- How to choose a house for hamster?
- How to make homemade hamster houses?
Types of hamster houses
Hamsters live in burrows where they have different spaces to eat, sleep or evacuate. Therefore, before choosing your house-bedroom, it is necessary to get a cage of sufficient size to comfortably house these different locations. The house will be the space for rest and protection. It is a refuge to hide in and for which it is necessary to provide, regardless of the type of house, material for the construction of the nest, such as cellulose or hay. These are the best known hamster houses:
Wooden hamster houses
There are them with multiple designs, more or less complex, with different windows, compartments, doors, roofs, towers, of logs or of polished wood. Some include stairs, ramps, or accessories for the hamster to play with. Of this material also bird nesting boxes serve, that have a hinged lid that facilitates cleaning and access to the hamster.
Plastic hamster houses
They constitute a structure durable and easy to clean, although, of course, the hamster will have to make a soft nest inside. They may or may not have soil. Some are placed outside the cage, fully attached to it to maintain security and prevent escapes. These evoke the tunnels they would build in nature.
They come in different ways. Those that are completely closed have ventilation holes and usually have a cover through which we could access the hamster if necessary. Some models consist of two pieces that fit together and on one side allow them to be placed on the floor, while, placed upside down, they act as a hanging bed.
Houses of various heights
Especially in wooden or plastic models, but also in vegetable ones, it is possible to find designs with several floors. It is a form of optimize space and provide entertainment and activity to the hamster. In this sense, do not miss this other article in which we show you the best toys for hamsters.
Some hamsters especially like to place their nest in the corner of the cage, perhaps because it seems more sheltered. For these cases or to take advantage of the space we can resort to these triangular-shaped houses, which fit in the corners. They are usually made of plastic or wood.
Vegetable houses for hamsters
They are made made from dried herbs, wicker or hay, that the hamster likes to nibble, but more to use as a nest. They are rounded, cylindrical in the way of a tunnel, hanging, with one or more entrances, etc..
Soft to the touch, we are attracted by their fluffy appearance, but we must bear in mind that hamsters they can destroy them quickly and ease, so perhaps it is not the best option when we look for a hamster house. There are cave types with different designs. They are washable.Image: amazon.es
They are containers of this material with different shapes. Some feature walls and a ceiling, while others feature shell-like designs that the hamster crawls into. The downside is that they can break if we drop them. They are easy to clean.
Hanging hamster houses
There are numerous models of hamster houses that can be hung. Some are like the types that we have already seen, but there are also hammocks or nylon, polyester or sheepskin bags. They can be washed and are hooked to the cage by means of one or more ropes or hooks. The hamster must climb, with what is a way to do physical activity.
With a characteristic shape, they usually include a small removable cushion inside, which increases their comfort, although it is common for the hamster to introduce materials of their choice to make the nest. There are them with a non-slip base to keep them fixed to the cage. They can be washed both by hand and in the washing machine, which facilitates complete hygiene. Some include windows that can be opened or closed depending on the temperature.
Completely natural, made from hollow coconut with an entrance hole and coconut fiber inside, they are an original bed. There are models with two of these hanging houses joined together so that the hamster can go from one to the other..
How to choose a house for hamster?
In view of all the options, you are sure to find an ideal house for your hamster. Value their tastes and their needs in the choice and keep these tips in mind:
- All the materials in contact with the hamster must be safe. Keep in mind that it will gnaw them.
- For the same reason above, the normal thing is that it destroys potentially edible beds, so you will have to renew them periodically.
- It is advisable to take a hamster house that can easy to clean.
- Make sure the size matches that of the hamster so that it can fit and lie down comfortably.
In addition to choosing a suitable hamster house, you must take other care into account. See this other article: "Care and feeding of the hamster ".
How to make homemade hamster houses?
If you are looking for cheap hamster houses, ¡nothing better than doing it yourself! Even if you are not especially handy, you can get a hamster house in a very simple and homemade way. Here are some ideas:
- All it takes is one pot for plants. Turn it upside down and carefully remove the edge according to the size of your hamster so that it can be inserted. Make sure it doesn't cut. The pots usually have a hole that serves as ventilation. In addition, it is very easy to clean them. You can also put the pot on the ground directly, although the entrance will be larger and, therefore, it will be less sheltered.
- Much easier still is to resort to cardboard toilet paper rolls or cooking. Sure they will destroy them, but they can be a one-time solution or entertainment. With more than one roll it is easy to make a small tunnel circuit.
- Any carton box the right size without painting to avoid toxic materials can serve as a home nest for hamster.
- On the other hand, with fabric we can make a hammock in a simple way, simply by drilling holes in the corners and introducing rope to hang it on the cage.
- If you are crafty, you can make a wooden house with slats size popsicle sticks or pieces of wood. You just have to sketch a design and shape it with the wood, cutting it and gluing it with glue or non-toxic glue. In addition, you can personalize it by painting it, of course with safe paints.