Is your hamster looking for a new place to nestle in and sleep? Hamsters need hideouts to feel secure and to store their food. Depending on what the hideout is made of, they might also use it to keep their teeth in good shape.
But what sort of hamster hideout is best for your pet? We've curated a list of the top 9 best hamster hideouts on the market. Our favorite is Niteangel's Multi-Chamber Hamster House Maze. Whether you have one hamster or a whole family, this beautiful, wooden hideout will give them plenty of space to explore, sleep, and play in. Keep on reading for the rest of our recommended items, a buying guide, and more!
You may think that a hideout is a cute, snuggly extra for your hamster, but in reality, it’s actually necessary for your hamster’s wellbeing. In the wild, hamsters are prey animals that burrow for safety and protection. If it can't burrow or hide, your hamster will be in a constant state of stress and fear.
A hideout is also beneficial to your hamster as a spot to sleep during the day. Hamsters are nocturnal by nature and prefer to spend daylight hours in a dark, cozy space. Finally, a hideout gives your hamster a spot to stash food for later, which is something every hammie loves to do.
Hamsters love to have a place they can burrow or sleep in. Here are our picks for the top 9 best hamster hideouts!
|Size||9.2 x 9.2 x 3.4 in.|
|Features||Removable roof, removeable play platform, comes with a sander|
|Size||7.5 x 3.75 x 3.75 in.|
For Dwarf Hamsters
|Size||7 x 7.8 x 3.5 in.|
|Features||Bottomless, removeable roof|
Hamster House Bed
|Size||5.9 x 5.5 x 5.4 in.|
|Features||Eco-friendly, hole on the top allows for airflow|
|Material||Grass (sisal tassel)|
|Size||4 x 7 x 3.5 in.|
|Size||7.9 x 6.5 x 3.6 in.|
|Features||Bottomless, air holes along the top for ventilation, transluscent|
|Size||5.3 x 7 x 4.3 in.|
|Features||Bottomless, window for airflow|
|Material||Wood and plastic composite|
|Size||5.5 x 5 x 3.75 in.|
|Size||5.9 x 4.7 x 5.1 in.|
Multi-Chamber Hamster House Maze
Nature's Hideaway Grass Tunnel
Birch Chamber Hideout
Nature’s Hideaway Grass Hut Toy
Natural Tree Trunk Hideout
Shell Shape Ceramic Igloo
A Perfectly-Sized Hideout With a Removeable Roof
Cozy and Natural; Perfect for Small Hamsters
Two-Room Wooden Hideaway for Small Hamsters
This Eco-Friendly Hut Brings the Tropics to Your Pet
A Sturdy Grass Hideout That Fits Most Hamsters
Transparent and Provides Good Airflow
A Great Wooden Hideout for All Hamster Sizes
This Plastic-Wood Stump is Safe for Chewing
A Cute Hideout for Sleep or Grooming
|Material||Wood||Black grass||Wood||Coconut||Grass (sisal tassel)||Plastic||Wood||Wood and plastic composite||Ceramic|
|Size||9.2 x 9.2 x 3.4 in.||7.5 x 3.75 x 3.75 in.||7 x 7.8 x 3.5 in.||5.9 x 5.5 x 5.4 in.||4 x 7 x 3.5 in.||7.9 x 6.5 x 3.6 in.||5.3 x 7 x 4.3 in.||5.5 x 5 x 3.75 in.||5.9 x 4.7 x 5.1 in.|
|Features||Removable roof, removeable play platform, comes with a sander||-||Bottomless, removeable roof||Eco-friendly, hole on the top allows for airflow||Bottomless||Bottomless, air holes along the top for ventilation, transluscent||Bottomless, window for airflow||Bottomless||-|
Hamsters like to chew and gnaw, and some materials are better for that than others. Think about whether you want your hideout to double as a chewing zone as well as how long you’re hoping for it to last. Here are a few materials to consider, and why they may or may not work for your hamster.
The downside of plastic is that you need to be careful about its source. Some companies use cheap or dangerous chemicals to make their plastics. As hamsters gnaw on things plastics like these could make your hamster sick. Try searching for BPA-free or other non-toxic brands if you want a plastic hamster hideout.
A wooden hideout is ideal in that it doubles as a house and a gnawing post for your hamster. Wood is better than plastic for your hamster's teeth, but it may wear down faster and need a replacement more often.
It's important to remember that some woods are treated with chemicals or paint. These can be harmful to your hamster, so we caution that you avoid wooden houses treated with ink, lacquer, and any paint that hasn't been certified as pet-friendly.
Natural fiber hideouts provide a cozy, instinctively comforting home for your hamster. These are often the most enjoyable hideouts for your pet and will satisfy its natural chewing instinct.
The only con of buying a natural fiber hideout for your hamster is that you can't expect it to last very long. Hamster hideouts made of these materials wear down quickly, especially if they house prolific gnawers. Still, hideouts made from natural fibers are the closest to your hamster's natural habitat and are well worth the price of replacement.
Since ceramic hamster hideouts are made to be chew-proof, you will need to invest in some chew toys or sticks for your hamster's dental health. A ceramic hideout provides a nice cool space for your hamster in warmer months, but it's a good idea to put some cozy blankets or cloth inside the hideout when the weather cools down.
While a hideout that your hamster can’t fit into is obviously no good, you should also be careful not to buy a hideout that's too large for your pet. The perfect hideout should be just a little bigger than your grown hamster, with just enough space for it to get inside and wiggle around. This will ensure that your hamster feels safe in its hideout.
We recommend measuring your hamster as best you can, then using those measurements to find the perfect size for its new hideout. If your hamster is too squirmy to measure, you should still be able to look up the average size for its breed and age. Check the dimensions of the hideout you're interested in against the size of your hamster for a cozy, comforting fit.
If you're worried that your hamster may get stuck in its hideout, try searching for a hideout without a bottom. That way, you'll be able to lift the hideout off of your hamster if it gets stuck. This is especially important for hamsters that are still growing.
Healthy hamsters love to climb and be active. It might be a good idea to select a hideout that allows your hamster to burrow, crawl, or move around between sections.
Modular hideouts allow you to add on and change sections around to give your pet an ever-evolving home. Multi-level hideouts are more static, but give your hamster plenty of climbing and crawling space. Just be sure that your hideout isn’t tall enough for your hamster to escape its cage!
Are you feeling lost about how to set up your hamster's cage? Youtuber and hamster owner Victoria Raechal takes us through the process in this in-depth video featuring a king-sized hamster cage and a cute, wooden hamster hideout.
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