Guide written by:
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford
Home to a variety of small pets, cages should be chosen with care to ensure your hamster or gerbil can enjoy long naps in safe, comfortable bedding and hours of play! To ensure the well-being of your pet, you need to pay attention to three key factors.
The cage layout and material: plexiglass cages might be attractive but they do not offer adequate ventilation while wooden cages will absorb waste. The best option is a barred cage with a plastic base that can be removed for easy cleaning.
Your cage accessories should be chosen according to the type of rodent you own and their specific set of needs. There's no sense in filling up an already modestly sized cage with a bunch of useless equipment. The best option for your pet's well-being is to stick to the bare essentials.
There are two basic types of feeding accessory designed for rodents.
A traditional water dish can be attached to the bars of the cage in order to avoid any spills.
Rodent water bottles work a bit like a food dispenser in that they allow you to provide a few days worth of water at once. These water bottles are also attached to the bars of the cage and come in a range of different volumes from 50 ml to 900 ml.
In the wild, rodents make their own homes or find a cosy nest to sleep and shelter in to protect themselves from the outside world. The most important factor when choosing a shelter is size: it must be big enough for your pet. In terms of design, you can find houses in all shapes and in a range of different materials: rectangular or round, wood or plastic, with or without windows... you're sure to find a model to suit your rodent. Houses are generally the most common option.
While attractive to look at, wooden houses are not as suitable as plastic models. This is because the wood soaks up waste and clings onto odours.
Beds for larger rodents come in all designs and sizes to match your pet. Choose between plastic, fabric, ceramic and wood – although bear in mind that washable materials (i.e. plastic and removable fabric covers) are preferable to absorbent materials such as wood.
You can find a wide variety of models from to teepees and fun designs such as slippers or even mushrooms!
Some accessories should be chosen according to the habits of your pet.
In addition, you can choose from a wide range of smaller accessories to kit out your rodent cage:
Guide written by:
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford, 51 guides
From a background in waste transportation, I became a farmer specializing in organic market gardening. A graduate of a professional baccalaureate in Agronomy and Horticultural Production, I tried for several years as a young farmer to settle in the beautiful region of Oxford. After many disappointments, I finally started a small-business in home services, specifically in gardening, assisted by my loving, dear husband. Passionate about nature and wild edible plants, I am very attentive to ecological solutions and respectful of our environment in all aspects of my daily life. From the vegetable garden to the flower beds, from seed to harvest, I have all kinds of advice up my sleeve. Do not hesitate to ask me your questions.