Basic equipment for a Dwarf hamster

You need this as a basis for a dwarf hamster. A house to hide, a running wheel to lose his energy and of course dwarf hamster food and toys.

This basic setup is intended for one dwarf hamster, so not for dwarf hamsters that are kept together in a couple or group (Campbelli, Roborovski). hand. Below you will find products that we recommend as a good basis for dwarf hamsters. Of course... tastes differ, so we kept it as natural as possible. Below we will briefly explain our choices.

dwarf hamster cage

We have opted for a glass enclosure with sliding doors at the front for the dwarf hamster. Because dwarf hamsters are prey animals, they don't like to be approached from above, so we chose an enclosure where the animals are approached from the front. This will also be very helpful in taming new animals as they are not likely to startle you if you come from the front. The terrarium also has very good ventilation thanks to the two grids (bottom and top).

The minimum dimensions for a dwarf hamster house are 80 x 40 cm.

Ground cover

As a ground cover we have chosen the Cotton & Cotton below, this is a very pleasant ground cover that is very well accepted by all dwarf hamsters. Thanks to the good absorption, this bedding also saves a lot of time and money for the owner!

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

Sleeping houses

Dwarf hamsters prefer one sleeping house and several shelters. We have chosen the corner house here because it is very practical to place in a corner. This saves space in the accommodation. However, dwarf hamsters like multiple houses, so we have added this natural-looking igloo house to the basics. Your dwarf hamster will thank you!

Nest material

Dwarf hamsters are real nest builders, so the animals really always need nesting material to show their natural behaviour. We chose kapok as nesting material, but cotton or hemp nesting material could also be used. Kapok is nice and warm and dwarf hamsters like to cover their nest with this.

running wheel

As an exercise wheel we have chosen the popular Forest exercise wheel. This running wheel actually fits into any natural decor and is large enough for dwarf hamsters. The disadvantage of wood is that it gets dirty faster, but luckily we also solved that problem with the CSI Spray . It is also possible to paint a wooden running wheel, making it water-repellent. Unfortunately, not every type of lacquer is suitable for this, but luckily we have one that is 100 % safe for animals -> Clear lacquer

Nice side effect! The nails wear well because of a wooden running wheel

Dwarf hamster food

Of course your dwarf 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 power supplies and compared the compositions. The Bunny Nature Dwarf Hamster Expert came out on top and that is why it should not be missing in the basic equipment.


Dwarf hamsters spend much of their time gathering food in the wild. They often go out into the fields, carrying different kinds of seeds in their cheek pouches. Collecting (we also call it harvesting) seeds is part of the natural behavior of the animals. We 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 gnawing material we have chosen responsible gnawing material consisting of 100% natural hazelnut wood sprinkled with dried vegetables and herbs. The animals like to nibble on it and can also frame their teeth in this way.


As a snack we have dried mealworms. Dwarf hamsters love dried mealworms! Dwarf hamsters are mainly granivores (seed eaters), but in the wild they also eat proteins in the form of worms, beetles, snails, etc. It is therefore good to supplement their diet at home with, for example, dried mealworms. The worms also work very well with new animals to attract them to you.

drinking bottle

They are the simplest bottles, but they work the best!

drinking bottle holder

Nowadays we mainly keep dwarf hamsters in glasses and it is a drama to place a bottle in these and that 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 are probably wondering what added value this has. It looks beautiful in an enclosure and the animals like to walk on it. In addition, you can use the moss part very nicely as a solid surface for a food bowl or to put something nice on.


Dwarf hamsters love to bathe in sand, so we have added a ready-made natural sandbox plus sand to this basic concept.

Would you really like to Hamsterscapen then more is needed, we will show that 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 help!

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