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Any one know of any deals on Hamster cages etc. My son has decided he wants a hamster for his birthday, never had one before so what sort of "stuff" will we need? Thanks for any advice. Read More
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
Any one know of any deals on Hamster cages etc. My son has decided he wants a hamster for his birthday, never had one before so what sort of "stuff" will we need?

Thanks for any advice.
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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#1
wilkinsons do a full kit - really cheap will find link and post:thumbsup:

found a better deal - tesco - double up your vouchers to make even cheaper
http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-7295.aspx

do recommend you get a syrian hamster - quite cute -
- the tiny russian ones are tooo fast
#2
noticed yesterday that pets at home website had a free hamster kit worth 13 pounds when you buy a cage from them so you might want to check it out :)
#3
A big cage wth loads of tubes for the hamster to explore as when they get bored they try and chew through the bars and escape. A wheel for exercise, a little house to sleep in, water bottle and food bowl. you will also need sawdust and pet bedding. As well as hamster food it's good to give them the odd bit of fresh fruit or carrot. We have had russian hamsters as they tend to be more friendly!
#4
queenlush
A big cage wth loads of tubes for the hamster to explore as when they get bored they try and chew through the bars and escape. A wheel for exercise, a little house to sleep in, water bottle and food bowl. you will also need sawdust and pet bedding. As well as hamster food it's good to give them the odd bit of fresh fruit or carrot. We have had russian hamsters as they tend to be more friendly!


our hamster comes out in morning when o/h is feeding cats - got to have her share - as you say fruit - cucumber - sweets - no kidding

was never into rodents but kids wanted them

friendly little things - still cant hold them ewwww:-D
#5
holly100
our hamster comes out in morning when o/h is feeding cats - got to have her share - as you say fruit - cucumber - sweets - no kidding

was never into rodents but kids wanted them

friendly little things - still cant hold them ewwww:-D


They are entertaining to watch...my hubby thought he could train ours like a dog! everytime he went to the pub he would get it out of the cage and let it roam round. He always put it back in the cage but now and again wouldn't shut the door properly, we used to find the hamster the next day with a head twice the size of its body cos it had stuffed its pouches with sooo much rubbish i'm surprised it lived so long. :-D
#6
we got a cage like the tesco one from freecycle, so might be worth asking on there, had 2 offers on the same day... also, we added some tubes to it and connected it to an empty fish tank, now he has loadsof room to investigate.... still chews through things and escapes tho!!
#7
Make sure you get the hamster young and handle it lots so it gets used to you, otherwise it'll bite and they can be quite vicious!
Gerbils, mice and rats generally don't bite and make better pets imo.
#8
I agree about getting a syrian one,my niece has one and shes so cute and friendly,i hamster sit when they are away lol

If i were you i wouldn't get a cheap cage,Home & Bargains and Ebay sell some which are crap,my sis is on her 3rd cage now as both the cheap ones were badly made and too small.

She ended up buying one that has two floors on it,it did cost around 30 quid though from Pets at home,but it was worth it in the end as it was false economy buying the first two small ones.
#9
Thanks for all the tips...rep added
#10
literally car boots have at least 2 of these every week, you could probly pick one up for a quid :thumbsup:
#11
We had a lovely wee hamster who lived for over three years. We gave him a little snack every day as well as the hamster food. His very favourite was philadelphia cheese. Just a wee blob the size of a hazelnut. He loved it so much he just sat there with it in his front paws and ate it til it was all gone. He also liked a little bit of corned beef, as well as the usual bits of broccoli, carrot, etc.

Thanks to friends, we had three cages of different kinds joined together with tubes and the hamster was never bored. We would hide his snack in different places to keep him occupied too. I was on a tight budget so never bought hamster bedding. I used the sawdust for the cages and shredded up toilet roll or shredded old bills, letters etc for his bedding, and he was perfectly happy with that. You will find your hamster will probably use one part as the toilet, so you can clean that out every couple of days and the rest doesnt need cleaned out that often. Hamster's aren't smelly at all, it's only lazy owners that let them live in dirty conditions that say they are smelly. Hamster food is cheap and lasts for ages, so I would recommend you don't go for the cheapest one, as the middle price range ones have a nicer selection of seeds etc in them.

We got him young and gently handled him every day so he got used to us. He never bit anyone or peed on them, and was a great little character.

I had a couple of hamster care books and they all said not to buy cages that have "platforms" made of the metal wire stuff. It hurts their feet to have to walk on it.

Aww now i want another hamster! :p
suspended#12
try and get a cage the has the bars on the top and none round sides as said before they will try and chew them,
#13
If you have a Wilkinsons shop near you they sell cheap hamster bedding etc.
#14
deb8z
If you have a Wilkinsons shop near you they sell cheap hamster bedding etc.


+1 The Range sometimes have bargains going too :)

Also, getting a wheel for the cage is a really good idea to stop the little critters from getting bored. However, make sure the wheel isn't permanently attached to the cage if you intend to keep the cage in a bedroom as the wheels can get quite noisy and keep you awake all night!
Although I'm sure my pet mice make a load of noise deliberately once I go to bed to annoy me! :?
#15
Thanks again for all the posts. Have asked on Freecycle about a cage and will go to a bootsale soon! Birthday's not till October so got some time.

Thanks again
#16
where do u live cymru?i have a small one u could have
#17
That's very kind of you but I'm in Essex, originally from South Wales hence the ID.
Rep added.
#18
oh never mind then lol
hope u manage to get one of the freecycle,bit of advice make sure u dont keep the cage near curtains as my sons hamster ripped my sons curtains to bits and made a bed with them :(
#19
do u have a home bargains down there as i have seen them do good cages cant remember what they are called but they are the plastic ones with tubes to climb through
#20
No Home Bargains for us...I mss Wales!!!! Managed to get some Rotastak at a Bootsale today for £2.00!!!
Just need to add some tubes and clips and we're away....Thanks for all the advice.
#21
edjaned
do u have a home bargains down there as i have seen them do good cages cant remember what they are called but they are the plastic ones with tubes to climb through


That is one of the crap ones i mentioned earlier,a nitemare to fix together,no wonder they are so cheap,not like Habitrail,Rotastak etc which are far superior
#22
We now have a Syrian hamster called Ginger.
Thanks for all the replies.

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