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Old 06-14-2018, 11:04 AM   #1
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so i had bought a hamster cage along my Syrian. i soon realized it was way too small , so i made a DIY one. im using the old one as a travel cage. ill be going on a 3 hour car ride soon and was unsure how long can i keep him in there. do i need another larger cage at the destination or can i keep him in there for the whole trip.
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Old 06-14-2018, 11:12 AM   #2
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I would say that a lot will depend on the duration of the trip and how big the travel cage actually is. I tend to use travel cages for mine if we're only going away for one or two nights but if it's more than a few nights, I'll bring their normal cage.

In terms of the actual time you spend in the car, the smaller the cage, the safer it is for your hamster as your hamster is a lot less likely to get injured by either being thrown around or by objects falling on them in a smaller cage.
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:13 PM   #3
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thanks for your suggestions fluffagrams. i will be travelling for a total of 4 days.
our DIY cage is quite big and unmovable but our old cage technically has three layers which i can choose how any i actually want to put.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:36 PM   #4
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A hamster travelling in a car needs to be in a pet carrier - something like this guinea pig sized one. Big enough to put a small house and plenty of soft substrate. And it needs to be wedged in (or held on someone's knee) so it can't move about. If you had to brake suddenly the carrier could be thrown and injure the hamster.

So a cage, even a small one, isn't good for car travel as it's dangerous for the hamster. If they're in a cage and you brake suddenly everthing can crash onto them or them be hurled against the bars. A pet carrier is cosier and safer for them.

You can take a smaller cage with you to set up when you get there though. They can be ok in a smaller cage for a while when on holiday. But if you're only going for four days I wouldn't take the hamster - too much stress and change. You'd be better leaving them at home and have someone come in daily to check and feed them.

I would only take a hamster on holiday if the journey isn't too long and you're going for a week or more and staying in a place where you can set a cage up and leave it in the same place for the duration.
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