Basic equipment for the Hamster

Syrian Hamsters (Golden Hamsters) are real diggers and nest builders, the animals must always be able to exhibit this natural behavior in their enclosure. Our basic design is tailored to this.

When we talk about the Hamster, we mean the Syrian Hamster. The Hamster is a lot larger in terms of build than the dwarf hamster. We always make a distinction between a Dwarf Hamster and a Syrian Hamster, because many houses and toys that are suitable for dwarf hamsters are unfortunately not for Syrian Hamsters. This ensures that you always know exactly which product is suitable for which animal. Now back to the basic furnishings! We have put together one for the Hamster, below we explain what it should contain.

Hamster Cage / Enclosure

We have opted for a glass enclosure with sliding doors at the front for the hamster. Because hamsters are prey animals, they do not like to be approached from above, which is why we have opted for an enclosure where the animals are approached from the front. This will also be very helpful in taming new animals as they will not be easily startled by you if you approach from the front. The terrarium also has a high edge so you can use a lot of ground cover.

The minimum dimensions for a hamster enclosure are 100 x 50 cm.

Ground cover

As bedding we have chosen Cotton & Cotton below, this is a very pleasant bedding that is very well accepted by all hamsters. We have deliberately not opted for a mixed bedding here, because keep in mind that your Hamster may be long-haired. If that is the case, not every bedding or mix is suitable, because pieces can remain in the fur. This is not the case with Cotton, which is very suitable for long hair. If you don't have long hair, mixing is no problem. In that case, you could also choose Cotton & Wood Fiber or Cotton and Hemp, then you no longer have to mix it yourself! Thanks to the good absorption of these ground cover plants, you also save a lot of time!

The height of the bottom layer of the bedding for small rodents

Sleeping houses

We have chosen a multi-room house as a basic sleeping house. You might initially think "that's big", but the hamster really needs a spacious basic house. In addition, some hiding places in the form of smaller houses and tunnels are very nice, but a basic house is a MUST. The multi-room house meets the hamster's natural needs because it has several rooms, just like in nature. The hamster can store its food in one room and make its nest in another room. The lid is removable so you can always take a look to see if everything is still going well. The house can be placed under the ground cover, but also on top of the ground cover. In the latter case, matching legs are available that you can mount under the house so that it cannot be buried.

We opted for a cork tunnel as a shelter. This can be used as an additional shelter and also looks beautiful in a natural enclosure. The tunnel can be placed under the ground cover or on top of it. You can go in any direction with it!

Nesting material

Hamsters are real nest builders, so the animals always need nesting material to be able to exhibit their natural behavior. We chose kapok as nesting material, but cotton or hemp nesting material could also be used. Kapok is nice and warm and hamsters like to line their nest with this.

Running wheel

We chose the Rodipet Heureka Running Wheel as the running wheel. OK, it looks a bit futuristic, but we are happy to explain why we think this is an ideal exercise wheel for your hamster! First of all, it is mouse and mouse quiet, so you can safely place the stay in the bedroom without being kept awake at night. In addition, the running wheel is made of special plastic, which makes it very easy to clean compared to wood. More benefits are coming! The special shape also has a function. The wide tread ensures a pleasant gait. Hamsters have a fairly wide gait, their legs are wider apart than other rodents. Finally, the exercise wheel is so incredibly stable that it simply cannot fall over.

Hamster food

Of course your Hamster also needs food, but not just any food, the best food! We have found out for you which food this is. We have listed all the foods and compared the compositions. The Bunny Nature Hamsterdroom Expert came out on top and therefore should not be missing from the basic equipment.


In the wild, hamsters spend large parts of their time gathering food. They often go into the fields and carry different types of seeds in their cheek pouches. Collecting (we also call it harvesting) seeds is part of the natural behavior of animals. We have looked very specifically at which plant species promote this behavior and the linseed plant is one of them, so let the harvesting begin!

Gnawing material

As a gnawing material, we have chosen responsible gnawing material consisting of 100% natural hazelnut wood that is sprinkled with dried vegetables and herbs. The animals enjoy nibbling on it and can also grind their teeth in this way.


We opted for healthy and responsible pumpkin seeds as a snack. Hamsters love pumpkin seeds! Our advice is to use this when taming a new hamster. You can easily approach the animal via the front of the terrarium and give treats from your hand. Before you know it you'll have built a bond!

Drinking bottle

They are the simplest bottles, but they work the best! The 150 ml is ideal for a Hamster.

Drinking bottle holder

Nowadays we mainly keep Hamsters in glass enclosures and it is a hassle to place a bottle in them, which is why we have developed special drinking bottle holders that you can easily place on the glass with a magnet.


Almost finally we added moss. You're probably wondering what added value this has. It looks beautiful in an enclosure and the animals enjoy walking on it. You can also use the moss part as a solid surface for a feeding bowl or to place something nice on it.


Hamsters love sand bathing, that's why we have added a ready-made natural sandbox plus sand to this basic concept.

If you really want to Hamsterscape, more is needed, as we will show in the other articles that can be found in the inspiration category. But now you at least have the foundation from which you can build further. You can view the products below and easily order what you like! If you have any questions or need help, we are of course happy to assist you!

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