In contrast to rabbits or guinea pigs, hamsters are often denied access to fresh air and romping in the garden, as the dangers for the small animals are too great. Read here how you can set up an exciting outdoor enclosure for your hamster.
There are many dangers lurking in the garden for hamsters. Because hamsters are significantly smaller than guinea pigs or rabbits and are therefore easier prey for predators such as cats or martens. Also, hamsters can escape much easier. A hamster could simply dig a tunnel under the enclosure and then disappear, never to be seen again.
In the garden, hamsters can also chew on plants that are poisonous to them or contract diseases through contact with droppings from other animals. Hamsters are also extremely sensitive to heat and cold. If the meadow is still damp or it’s just too cold outside, hamsters can easily catch a cold. When temperatures rise, there is a risk of heatstroke.
A spout on the balcony is also not suitable for hamsters. The skilled climbers could easily escape here and would not survive a fall.
Exciting indoor-outdoor enclosure for hamsters
A free-range enclosure for hamsters must meet many requirements so that it is suitable and safe for the animals. With a little creativity, you can set up an exciting outdoor enclosure for your hamster indoors, which is just as exciting for the hamster as an outdoor enclosure. Here are some tips:
- A disused guinea pig or rabbit cage is particularly suitable for a hamster outdoor enclosure.
- The lower shell of the cage is filled with a soil-sand mixture.
- The enclosure should be equipped with plants that are non-toxic to hamsters, such as cat grass.
- A real adventure playground can be created with stones, cones, and climbing roots.
- The bars of the cage must be covered with a fine, galvanized wire mesh on the outside and on the inside on the sides and on the roof.