Ever had the situation where you find that your hamster chewed through its cage?
I guess if you’ve found this article, this might well have happened to you.
My guess is that it happens more often than not and many owners experience the problem of eager hamsters.
Why does a hamster bite through its cage?
Hamsters have very sharp teeth desperate to gnaw their teeth on something to grind them down.
Hamsters always need something to chew on and the sides of a plastic cage for example provide ample opportunity for them to chew on something if they have nothing else more desirable to chew on.
When biting through a cage, then plastic is the most likely to be gnawed through by a hamster.
It is much more likely than metal and easier for them to gnaw through than metal bars which will take them much longer.
This may have also hurt their teeth as plastic is a very hard substance for them to chew through.
So what should be done if you find that your hamster chewed through its cage?
Here are 5 things that you can do next;
1. Get a new cage as soon as possible
If you’ve noticed a small hold in your cage then its only a matter of time until it grows into a larger one.
There are some different alternatives to choose from if you have previously had a plastic cage such as a glass aquarium which would solve the issue once and for all.
However, glass aquariums are more expensive in price than plastic cages and so there is that to think of.
2. Pay more attention to your hamster
If you’ve discovered a hole in your cage then it may mean that not enough attention has been given to it.
The hamster would have spent some time biting through the cage to breakthrough like this.
Try and inspect the cage daily and spend time watching the hamster inside its cage watching where it is trying to chew.
3. Make sure you are cleaning the cage out once a week
Keep the cage fresh and a make it a nice place for your hamster to live.
A cage that smells and has not been cleaned out in a while, is not a nice place for them to live. Give them reasons to stay rather than break out.
4. Give your hamster things to chew on
make sure they have plenty of nice things to chew on that will help them.
Plastic isn’t a nice substance for them to chew on and they would much rather chew on something nicer.
5. Use a bite deterrent
Spraying a bite deterrent such as lemon juice on a regular basis onto the cage surfaces would also serve as a short term fix for this problem.
Vinegar also works well for this as well.
By paying more attention to your hamster, giving them nice objects to chew on, cleaning their cage out weekly, and having bite deterant as a back up would really help.