So. Hamsters are commonly kept in way too small cages with ill suitable wheels, bedding and toys.
The set up you see above is about 80x50cm of unbroken floor space. This is the minimum required cage size. As you can see it’s much larger than crittertail sorry habitrails people commonly keep their hamsters in.
Hamsters are active animals that can travel several miles a night in the wild. They do not thrive in small cages, in fact it stresses them out and they develop issues like cage aggression, monkey baring, bar chewing etc. Would you like to live in a small room your whole life?
Also, most of the cages people use can’t even fit the stuff they need. Syrian hamsters need 11" wheels, dwarfs usually need around 8". They need to be able to run with their backs completely straight, if the back curves it will deform their spine and it’s just extremely uncomfortable for them.
Even the set up above is smaller than I keep my hamster in permanently, this is a temporary set up… Because again, this is the *bare minimum* required cage size but ideally you’d go even bigger than that.
Hamsters are more work than people realize. Hamsters are generally very neglected. Let’s change that.