Hamsters are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night and can nip if woken during the day. Hamsters must be kept alone and tend to have poor eyesight so they should not be allowed near any ledges.
We recommend a 10 gallon or larger tank filled with about 2” of paper bedding or other nesting material. Nesting material should be loose, light, easy to manipulate, and of course safe. Enclosures should be well ventilated but kept out of direct drafts, and should provide plenty of enclosed opaque shelters for the hamster to retreat into as desired. Enclosures should provide lots of enrichment for the hamster to meet their natural needs in the areas of chewing/gnawing, physical movement, resting/hiding, and nesting material or food to forage. A properly sized wheel or disc is a necessity for the hamster to meet their exercise needs.
The needs of each hamster are unique and if you have questions about the right type of enclosure for the hamster you are interested in, please let us know in your inquiry! We are happy to provide guidance and advice.
* We are currently closed to the general public but are scheduling appointments for adoption. If you would like to schedule a browsing appointment to meet hamsters available for adoption, please click on the blue “Inquire” link above to get started.
*If you are not ready to adopt, but are in a position to donate, please visit www.mspca.org/nevinsgift .