Critter nations are the most expensive, but they are incredible and will last a lifetime. They're our personal cage of choice!

The bars in the center of this 40 gallon tank represent the size of home this rescue ham was used to. Shocking!

Photo generously provided by Gina Guarino

Bar cages are what most people think of when they hear "hamster cage." They are perfect for someone that wants a quality cage with no DIY aspect!

Do they really need that much space?

Here, we see a Crittertrail (the most popular style of hamster cage) inside of a 40 gallon tank. It makes a fun hideaway in this habitat for a dwarf hamster, but is a totally inappropriate as sole housing.

The Detolf is a beautiful and spacious option for someone with a little DIY know-how.

Photo generously provided by Jennifer Buntrock Boston

DIY Cages allow you to customize your hamster cage to you skill level and lifestyle! We have some awesome inspiration here!

Yep! We get asked this question all the time and the answer is always yes. In the wild, hamsters reign territories of up to one square mile. While we can't exactly provide that in our homes, we should strive to give them as much space as realistically possible--it's their home, after all!


Take a quick glance at the photos below, and you will see a striking difference between the size of cages sold in the pet store and the sizes we recommend and require. We hope this will help you shift your thinking from "Cheeks and Squeaks' requirements are too big!" to "Pet store cages are way too small!"

Now that we've gone over what your hamster needs, let's look at some great options for your new friend!

40 gallon tanks are sturdy, clean, and fairly priced if you shop the right sales!

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Bin cages are the most economical cage option, and they are great for families with kids.