Hamster cages come in a wide range of materials and options, each with its advantages and disadvantages.
The most important things to consider when choosing a cage are safety and security.
Hamsters are accomplished escape artists and love gnawing so wooden cages may not be a good option.
The breed you decide on should also determine which sort of hamster cage you will buy.
Syrian hamsters can be kept in conventional wire cages safely as they are too large to squeeze through the bars, though if you have baby hamsters special care should be taken this doesn't happen.
Dwarf and Roborovski, being smaller in size than their Syrian cousin can be safely kept in glass cages (aquariums) or plastic tube hamster cages.
The latter usually being unsuited for larger hamsters as they can get stuck in the tubes.
Dwarf hamsters can squeeze through very small spaces so be extra careful when choosing a hamster cage for this breed of hamster, the same applies for Roborovski hamsters.
Glass cages while being attractive (you can see your hamster burrow) can be hard to maintain and condensation can be a problem.
They are also quite heavy and difficult to move around.
Wire cages are the most commonly used sort of cage for housing hamsters.
Horizontal bars give your hamster the opportunity to climb and keep fit.
If you opt for a wire cage you must make sure to keep it in a draught free area of your house as draughts can kill hamsters.
Plastic cages provide your pet with hours of fun and adventure and can be fully accessorised to further enhance your pet's quality of life.
Whichever hamster cage you decide on, always make sure safety is a number one priority.
Never keep your hamster's home in direct sunlight.
There are many toys and accessories available to help prevent your pet from getting bored.
These not only serve to keep your hamster entertained, they also help keep it fit and healthy.
Though hamsters are nocturnal animals, they do engage in periods of activity and you should try to encourage your pet to move around.
Exercise wheels are a great way to do this.
Hamsters love exercise wheels and may go around and around on them for hours on end.
If you're worried about noise (squeaky wheels can be annoying), there are silent exercise wheels available.
Hamsters also enjoy slides and seesaws, so be sure to provide your hamster with these.
You can even buy hamster hammocks! Always provide your hamster with a sleeping area.
Hamsters like to snuggle and nest when sleeping and providing your hamster with a hamster house will ensure you have a happy, unstressed pet.
Not only that, but you will find your hamster storing food in its house, they are truly delightful little creatures.