Most often, small rodents are housed in cages, much less often the owners allocate an aquarium for the hamster. Even less commonly, glass jars are used as hamster apartments. Are these tanks suitable for keeping a little friend? What are their advantages and disadvantages compared to an ordinary cell? You will receive the answer to these questions in this article.
Bank instead of a cage
Usually for a fluffy pet, loving owners acquire a beautiful and spacious cage. But there are individuals who put a tiny creature in a jar and think that the hamster is comfortable there. But in no case should you keep a hamster in a bank all your life! In such circumstances, the pet will not last long, be sure that he will fall ill and die.
The jar has no advantages compared to the cell, but there are more than enough disadvantages:
- very little space. Home will be cramped even in a three-liter jar, the animal will have nowhere to run.
- Hamster furniture will not fit into the jar. The only thing that can be shoved into it is a house or a feeding trough with food;
- nowhere to attach a hanging drinking bowl. Firstly, there is no lattice, for which it is convenient to suspend the drinker; secondly, the feeder has already occupied all the free space;
- there will be nothing to breathe in the bank, because air will enter only through the neck;
- the vapors from feces and urine, primarily toxic ammonia, will remain inside the glass prison, because the air in this design does not circulate at all. You will have to change the litter and wash the jar well 2-3 times a day, otherwise the fluffy will simply die from suffocation;
- lack of air circulation will provoke increased reproduction of pathogenic microorganisms, infectious diseases will be provided to your pet;
- bank – the house is very unstable. It is easy to accidentally knock over or swipe it off the table. By the way, the Syrian hamster will have enough strength to overturn the can on its own;
- if the cat also lives in the apartment, then she will quickly get fluffy in this unreliable apartment.
Lack of space for movement and lack of air can quickly destroy a small animal. Therefore, keeping a hamster in a bank is allowed no more than half an hour, that is, during the cleaning of its cage.
An alternative to the can for the period of sanitary work can be a cardboard box or a plastic 5-liter bottle with slots.
The content of rodents in aquariums
Aquariums and terrariums are much better suited for hamsters than a small glass jar. Firstly, they are stable, and secondly, they have much more space. But is it possible to keep a hamster in an aquarium constantly?
In principle, this is not prohibited. But the terrarium for the hamster must meet the following requirements:
- Big square. For representatives of the Syrian breed, the optimal sizes are 50 x 100 cm, and for the Dzungarian hamster it is just a palace!
- Low height. The optimal height of the walls is 30 cm. So the air exchange will occur freely, and the second tier can be installed. The maximum height is 40 cm. If you make the roof higher, then fresh air will not enter the fluff in sufficient quantities.
- Additional ventilation slots. In order for air to circulate better in the hamster’s apartment, additional slots will have to be cut through the walls. This is quite difficult to do. In addition, the homa should not reach them. If you do not know how to cut glass, then the terrarium for the hamster should be a temporary option, but not a permanent home.
- Lattice ceiling.
It is also worth noting that each homa should have its own separate aquarium.
Advantages and disadvantages of aquariums
Compared to a cramped can, an aquarium for a hamster is a winning option. But if you compare it with the cell, you can highlight a number of pluses and minuses. Let’s look at them in more detail.
Let’s start with the disadvantages:
- in glass terrariums, air circulates worse;
- the hamster is constantly surrounded by the smell of his own bowel movements;
- in conditions of reduced air circulation, bacteria multiply faster;
- the terrarium will have to be cleaned 2 times more often than the cage so that the animal does not get sick;
- in an aquarium it will be more difficult to install a hanging drinking bowl for an animal;
- glass and fiberglass are rather cold materials: a very thick layer of filler is required so that the paws and tummy do not freeze on the animal.
Of course, these disadvantages are quite serious, but glass houses have their own advantages.
- the homa will not be able to gnaw through the glass and escape;
- fluffy will not get drafts, even if a window is open in the room with the terrarium;
- unpleasant odor does not spread throughout the room;
- there will be much less noise, which will give you the opportunity to sleep peacefully at night, without taking the hamster’s palace out of the room;
- the filler will not spill out, and the puffy himself will not be able to throw pieces of food and poop through the walls, as a result – cleanliness and order around the cell;
- through transparent glass it is very convenient to observe the animal and arrange photo shoots (naturally, without a flash), the rods will not climb into the frame.
That is, the aquarium also has many advantages. But what will outweigh the scales? Just think: all the flaws harm only the hamster, they do not affect the owners in any way. Now analyze the virtues. A man benefits a lot from them, but a hamster?
In fact, it doesn’t matter to the home if it smells delicious in the room and litter is lying around its cage. Only the owners are worried about this. That is, those who choose a glass terrarium as a place to live for a hamster think primarily about themselves, and not about the comfort of a pet. Remember: it’s much better to keep a furry friend in a trellised or mesh cage!
We have already found out that a cage is much better for keeping a hamster at home. But if you have a free aquarium at home, it can also be adapted to hamster needs. For example, in the terrarium you can arrange a rest and entertainment room for your favorite pet.
Here are the items you can put in the aquarium:
- Running wheel on a stand.
- Various pipes and labyrinths.
- Spacious shelter.
- Toilet (if the animal is accustomed to it).
- Bath with sand for bathing.
- Various ladders and bridges.
The hamster can be transferred to the terrarium to play, especially if all the attractions do not fit into the cage. You can also put the animal in the rest room while tidying in a permanent home.
Do not forget that in addition to toys, there should also be basic necessities. Be sure to leave a bowl of food, a saucer or a bottle of water for a fluffy friend.
One of the minuses of the aquarium, we highlighted especially. The fact is that a large glass house is extremely difficult to clean. After all, usually a terrarium consists entirely of glass, and is not installed on a glass pallet. When washing, it is easy to cut yourself or break a hamster’s house.
And it will have to be washed more often than an ordinary cage with a wire frame. In addition, the lack of free air circulation allows you to actively proliferate not only dangerous bacteria, but also mold. It is very difficult to remove it from the joints, and sealants will not be able to give a 100 percent guarantee that it will not appear. To disinfect the aquarium as much as possible, you will have to use aggressive means, and many of them are toxic to hamsters.
The hamster can be kept in wide aquariums, but the animal will be much more comfortable in the cage. A house of twigs is more in line with hygiene standards for small rodents. But if you have an empty terrarium, you can quite adapt it to a room with attractions for the temporary maintenance of a hamster.