You need to give some thought to where you want to place a hamster cage. After all, if you’ve already spent the time to pick out the appropriate hamster cage, along with the right add-ons, hamster toys, and even proper bedding, then let’s finish strong by finding the perfect location for the hamster cage.
Hamsters are nocturnal animals, so you need to find them a place where they have total peace and quiet during the day. If they wake up when they aren’t supposed to, they can get stressed out, and over time this can lead to health issues.
If you need to vacuum near their cage, you have to move them away before you vacuum. Do not place the cage near vibrating or noisy appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers. If the cage is in a room near the garage, move it far away because the rumbling of garage doors can be stressful to hamsters. Place it far away from appliances that cycle on and off like air conditioners, refrigerators, furnaces, or freezers.
Keep the cage away from a heat source or sources of drafts like vents. Lastly, it should not be placed in areas where bright lights can shine directly on it, such as in open sunlight during the day or halogen lights at night. These are the biggest problems your hamster needs to be protected from; now let’s talk about how the ideal hamster location can affect you.
First, unless you sleep like a rock or are a nocturnal creature yourself, we recommend you not put the hamster cage in the same room you sleep in. Otherwise, you will have to endure their scurrying and running all night. If you like to be sound asleep at 3 a.m. in the morning, your hamster likes to be racking up the miles on his exercise wheel at this time.
So, where is the ideal location for a hamster cage? Unfortunately, we cannot answer that for you since we don’t know the layout of your home and how much space you have. Every situation is unique and the best we can do is give you general recommendations. The rest is up to you. Let’s go over what we’ve learned:
- Find a cool, quiet, and open space in your home to put the hamster cage.
- Place the cage far away from air drafts and air vents.
- Put the cage somewhere outside of your bedroom.
- Place the cage on or near vibrating appliances or by the garage.
- Use any loud appliances like vacuum cleaners or blenders close to your hamster.
- Put the cage in direct light.