Cage with environmental enrichment. See below for some great examples
Syrian Minimum of 100cm by 50cm
Dwarf Minimum of 80 cm by 50cm
Ikea Detlof is great to convert
This Pawhut Hamster cage is a great home for your small pets
Not all bedding is suitable even though it has been marketed as being safe. Some great ones however are:
Kaytee Clean and Cozy
Uber Soft Bedding
Bedding must be deep enough for them to burrow ideally 6 inches compacted don so they can make burrow without them caving in on them.
They need a full clean every 4-6 weeks and a spot clean daily; it is very distressing if you remove all of the substrate as it loses their scent, they will usually choose one place to toilet that you can clean daily.
Science Selective hamster food unlimited
alongside 1tsp of good quality seed mix for example from 'Erins ark' scattered around the enclosure.
Fresh Vegetables in very small doses, 1 in every 3 days remember they only have very small bellies
Sand Baths, depending on the size of your hamster would depend on the size of sand bath, this is what hamsters use to clean themselves, the best sand to use is Reptile sand as it is a smaller grain than the ones marketed for use for hamsters.
Coco fibre - you can buy blocks of fibre you soak in water once this is damp but not soaking this can be put into a dish to give another form of enrichment and stimulation.
Wheels are great for hamsters to exercise but they are usually to small these are the recommended minimum sizes:
Syrian 28 cm
Chinese 26 cm
Some Recommended wheels:
All wheels should have a solid running surface and no wire bars, the hamster must be able to run without an arch in their back.
Hamster love to have places to hide so lots of different hides and tunnels and levels to make the enclosure interesting, this can be moved around when you deep clean each month.
Sprays are good to encourage foraging here are some great ones you can find online on Etsy:
You can also get forages mixes
Hamsters also love time outside of the cage in a safe zone we recommend a small soft play pen with different items than they have in the enclosure