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Old 03-19-2016, 06:46 AM   #1
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Default NHC guidelines

Just been on the web and was looking on the National Hamster Council's cage size guidelines. They said that 1000cm2 of useable floor space with a height of 19cm is the baseline for Syrian hamsters, which equates to a 40x25cm cage - exactly half of what I was told is the minimum. Is this information correct? 40x25 isn't very big, in fact, that's how big the cage Freddy was in was. And 19cm isn't even going to fit a 20cm wheel, never mind a 28cm one! What is going on with this?
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:04 AM   #2
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I'm not sure if that is correct or not. I keep in mind the bigger the better when buying one and use the guidelines people give on here. I have seen a few different suggestions on different sites. Some of the big and more popular cages I have seen on here are cheaper than the pet shop ones and over twice the size which I think is strange!
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:06 AM   #3
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Well,that's just not going to be suitable in any place.I think it may just be yet another case of people not actually knowing what hamsters truly need.In Germany,80 cm by 50 cm is considered far too small and inhumane.Why is this?Because they have scientific research to back up their minimum which has proven to actually make hamsters more happy in captivity than the US and UK minimums!
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:24 AM   #4
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I am not messing, here's the exact quote:

There are many suitable homing options for hamsters. The NHC recommends a minimum of 1000cm2 (useable floor space) x 19cm high for Syrian hamsters and 750cm2 (useable floor space) x 17cm high for Dwarfs. If you can afford a slightly bigger cage of the same type, so much the better.

I do think this is rather odd - surely the largest UK hamster association is going to know what they SHOULD be doing?
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Old 03-19-2016, 07:29 AM   #5
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They should,but I would definitely take steps to do something about it other than just sitting on a forum talking about it.Perhaps RSPCA or something can fix the situation and educate them?I don't know how that exactly works,but it's important to make sure the right information is put out there on all widely available sources.
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:05 AM   #6
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I have sent them an email via the contact details on the website. Politely querying the cage sizes.

If enough people email regarding their info they may change what is written on the website.
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:50 AM   #7
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I have just emailed them too.
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:47 PM   #8
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I will email them too aswell then. Don't have my own email account but I don't suppose my parents will mind. If we all pack pile on them at once we can at least be assured that they are going to hear at least a few of us. Now to figure out how to write an email....
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:57 PM   #9
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My first reaction on this is what is the last date the site was updated. Many associations work on Volunteer basis, and often a website is placed online and not updated often as they have no updater. I pray everyone E-mailing is doing so in a nice manner
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Old 03-19-2016, 01:16 PM   #10
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The cage size in the NHC handbook is not an 'ideal' guideline (as the varying sizes often quoted on the forum are) - it is the absolute minimum that ANY hamster can be kept in by club members, e.g. a very unwell hamster, one who is disabled etc. In other words, no hamster must be kept in less than that regardless of circumstances. This is a different concept to the 'ideal' or 'recommended' sizes that people quote as 'minimum' sizes.

Like Nancy I hope those emailing are doing so politely.
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