Which type of cage for which rodent?

Whatever the rodent you own, it is important to think about the type of cage necessary for its well-being. For example, a mouse cage will be too small for rabbits. Therefore, you must first think about the size of the cage, then the distance from the bars, in order to anticipate any attempt to escape from the small animal. We will first of all see which types of cage are adapted to each animal. Then we will look at the leading brands offering cages.

The rabbit

Rabbits have the habit of gnawing everything within reach of their teeth. Owners should therefore choose a cage that is secure for both the surrounding furniture and the rabbits themselves. This rabbit cage should be spacious: for one or two dwarf rabbits, the ideal dimensions are 100 x 60 cm. Larger rabbits should of course be provided with a larger cage. The animal must feel comfortable inside, to the point where it can jump. The height should therefore be at least 45 to 50 cm. Make sure that the edges of the bottom are high enough so that bedding and hay can be placed on the bottom without spilling over to the outside. Opt for a solid bottom to protect the animal’s delicate little legs. The bars should be made of metal. A gap of 2.5 cm is ideal. The grid should be wide to allow good ventilation. Indeed, ammonia and humidity that can accumulate can cause serious health problems in rabbits.

The hamster

Hamsters also require a cage with specific characteristics to promote their development. First of all, it must be escape-proof. Access doors must therefore have a solid locking system. In addition, the cage must be as spacious as possible. Its living conditions will be greatly improved. If you want your animal to be physically active, opt for a multi-story cage. The cage should have several side openings and even a roof access. Finally, choose cages that are easy to dismantle to facilitate maintenance. Hygiene plays a crucial role here for the small animal’s well-being. The bars should be tightened as much as possible (1 cm apart).

The guinea pig

A reflection is also to be carried out concerning guinea pigs. Indeed, if you wish to acquire one, know that the cage will have to be adapted to its size. In addition, the cage must provide an environment that is reassuring, easy to set up and clean. There are several types of guinea pig cages. Cages with bars seem to be more suitable, with a gap of around 2 cm. The best for the animal is a habitat of at least 1 m. These cages are very practical and modular, which can be an advantage for transport or maintenance. Plexiglas cages have no bars. The appearance is therefore more aesthetic and they also have the advantage of avoiding urine splashing out of the cage. But ventilation is impossible and your little friend will probably feel very isolated in his “glass” cage. Finally, wooden hutches are more suitable for summer cages, as they are more difficult to clean.

The ferret

Rod cages are also better suited for ferrets. They are robust and easy to clean. Ventilation is also better. However, it is necessary to make sure that the bars are close enough together to prevent the ferrets from escaping. In addition, also check that the cage is free of sharp objects or sharp edges.
This will help your little companion avoid injury. The locking system must be reliable. The bottom can be covered with cloths or pieces of linoleum. In the case of a solid bottom, and to avoid spending time picking them up, it is preferable to avoid wood chips or sawdust. A small shelter will be greatly appreciated by the animal. A wicker nest or a cardboard box may be very suitable. Plastic tubes will also be very useful. Pieces of cloth can also be used as a bed. Finally, remove all accessories if the animal gets into the habit of chewing on them. There is a risk that the ferret will suffer from an intestinal blockage. Maintenance should be carried out regularly and frequently. Hygiene is also important.

The chinchilla

Chinchillas also need a large cage. Indeed, the animal needs to be able to frolic. Therefore, do not take a cage that is less than 75 cm high, 60 cm long and 40 cm deep.
The habitat must be higher than long, because the chinchilla has the same behaviour as a squirrel for example. Rabbit cages are therefore too low. The bars should be 2 cm apart. This prevents the animal from injuring itself. They should even be placed vertically. This will prevent the animal from climbing and trying to jump later on, at the risk of injury. Finally, the locking must be effective because the chinchilla is a master of escape and the cage is made of metal.

The mouse

The bars of the cage must be adapted in the same way in case you take a mouse. The wire mesh must indeed be specially designed for small rodents. (0.8 cm distance) The cage should be as spacious as possible. A model of 50 x 40 x 30 will fit perfectly. Please also make sure that you observe strict hygiene and do not install the cage close to the sun’s rays. The mouse cannot tolerate heat.

The gerbil

The gerbil requires a special habitat. As for the chinchilla, the cage must be higher than long. Indeed, the gerbil is also an animal that likes to jump and climb. The bars must be thin and tight. (less than 1 cm) Aviaries on wheels can be an excellent investment here. The habitat should be in a dry, airy, quiet and heat-proof place. Don’t forget to maintain the cage regularly. (once a week).

The Degu

Finally, the Degu also likes to climb and jump. It is thus necessary there still to choose a high cage. The bars will have to be there also horizontally and tight (less than 1 cm). The animal must not be able to escape. Moreover, it is a gregarious animal that appreciates the presence of a companion. It is therefore strongly advised to get a second Degu. The cage will have to be adapted, like an aviary. A habitat of 156 x 116 x 100 cm is recommended for the breeding of three or four Degus. Finally, think that this rodent does not appreciate light and heat. Therefore, avoid exposing it.