When we think of the word “cage” we usually picture a metal or wire box, but you can
actually use aquariums as hamster cages too! Again, I shall mention that the cage must be no less than 360 square foot. In the case of the aquarium, it can be no less than 20 gallons. When I say Aquarium, I mean a fish tank, so when you’re looking for one, be sure to head for “fish” and not “small pets” when in a pet shop or online!
There a pros and cons to all cages, and it’s no different here. The Pros are:
- You get a great view of your hamster through the glass.
- An aquarium is sturdy, with little chance of your hamster the materials. As a result, they are very long lasting.
- A great choice for a dwarf hamster, as there is little chance for escaping.
- They are very easy to clean, and you have lots of space to put in your own hamster toys.
And now the cons:
- Can sometimes have bad ventilation. If you buy an aquarium, you will need to make sure there is a wire-mesh lid so air can get through, or there it is open-topped. Make sure with an open-topped lid, the sides are too high for the hamster to escape.
- They’re very heavy, and difficult to transport.
- A good-sized one is very expensive.
If you are buying an aquarium specifically for your hamster, then I would strongly
recommend the Small Pet Terrarium Kerry. It is a tank designed for hamster and small pets, built with good ventilation. It even comes with wooden accessories! It’s quite expensive, but is probably the best looking hamster cage, as it is simple and easy to use.