Selecting the Most Appropriate Cage for Your Syrian Hamster

Syrian hamster in commercial cage

When selecting a cage for your Syrian hamster, there are various variables to consider. Above all, choose a cage that is large enough, secure, and simple to clean. Unfortunately, many cages sold at pet stores for Syrian (golden, teddy bear, and black bear) hamsters do not match all of these standards. Here's how to choose and furnish the best type of cage for a Syrian hamster.

Style of Cage

A wire cage (typically on a plastic foundation), a plastic modular cage (with several compartments and tubes), or an aquarium are your major options (with a secure mesh lid). Cleaning, ventilation, and security are all pros and downsides of each cage layout.

Ease of Cleaning

A wire cage with a plastic tray is the easiest to clean in general; simply pull the wire from the bottom, empty out the bedding, and wipe down the wire as needed. The more complicated the cage, the more difficult it will be to clean it, which is especially significant if you're thinking about a plastic cage with several compartments and tubes. Cleaning these cages may be a real pain. Aquariums aren't difficult to maintain, but they may be heavy and inconvenient to move about when it's time to clean. Cleaning cages is a tedious process, so making it as simple as possible can make having a hamster more enjoyable.


The greatest solution for ventilation is a wire cage. Plastic modular cages' tubes and enclosed compartments can obstruct airflow, resulting in poor air quality and condensation. Aquariums, too, can suffer from insufficient ventilation. Keep in mind that the openness of wire cages allows for excellent ventilation, but it also means that the cage must be kept free of drafts. Plastic cages and tanks provide superior draft protection.


Aim for a size of 24 inches by 12 inches and a height of at least 12 inches. However, if you want your hamster to be active and happy, acquire a larger cage—bigger is always better when it comes to hamster cages.

Syrian hamsters require a large amount of space to run and play, and the cage's real floor space is critical for this. Many hamster cages sold at pet stores are too tiny for Syrian hamsters. Plastic modular cages' tubes, sections, and built-in wheels are too tiny for many Syrian hamsters.

Cage Security and Safety

A Syrian hamster's cage should have no more than 1/2 inch of gap between the bars. Horizontal bars will provide some climbing opportunities. Any cage's doors should be checked for security, since hamsters may become extremely adept at opening them. Metal bolt clips, similar to those found on the end of a dog leash, may be snapped on to "lock" wire doors for further security. If you pick a cage with numerous levels, ensure sure there isn't anywhere for your hamster to fall a considerable distance.

Syrian Hamster Cages and Chewing

The desire to chew and the ability of hamsters to chew might influence the sort of cage they require. Wire cages provide a lot of benefits, however some hamsters are obsessed with biting the bars. If offering plenty of chew toys and boredom busters isn't enough to stop the gnawing, a solid-sided cage may be the best alternative. Also, make sure there are no exposed edges or ridges of plastic where a hamster may start gnawing the cage, or your hamster will most certainly escape at some time. Chew-proof aquariums are common (but make sure the cover is secure).


Hamsters should have wheels, however Syrian hamsters must ensure that the wheel is large enough. For Syrian hamsters, the fitted inside plastic cages are sometimes too tiny. So that no limbs or other body parts get entangled, should have a solid surface and no crossbars for support.

Bedding Depth

Make sure you can supply a decent thick layer of bedding for digging, regardless of the cage design you select. Choose a wire cage with a deep tray to allow for a beautiful thick layer of bedding while also reducing the quantity of bedding your hamsters will push or kick out of the cage.

  • What size wheel should I get for my Syrian hamster?

    Syrian hamsters do well with a wheel that is 8 to 12 inches across.

  • How do you tame a Syrian hamster?

    Patience is essential; your Syrian hamster may take some time to warm up to you and become tame. The first step is to keep its cage in a prominent area in your home so that it becomes accustomed to people and activity. Allow it to relax into its new home by not handling it too much at first; it will normally nest in its cage until it feels more comfortable roaming around. When you see this, it's time to indulge in some nutritious snacks. You have the option of leaving them in the cage or giving one to the hamster. Allow it to come to you!

    After that, try holding the reward in your palm and seeing whether your hamster would eat it. You can try gently touching it when it comes for a food once it has gotten used to it. See if your hamster will stay in your cupped palm after that.

    We know it takes time, but it shouldn't be too hard to tame your pet hamster.

  • How big is a Syrian hamster?

    Syrian hamsters grow to be about 6 inches long.