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Old 11-02-2019, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Cage Stands

So I've been looking around the forum and other places online and I've seen that most people use stands or something else to elevate their hammies cages. Is this necessary? Is it safe to keep a hamsters cage on the floor?
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:10 AM   #2
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I used to have the cage on the floor initially - it had a big front opening door so I could set up the playpen round it and leave the door open. It is ok to have it on the floor if it is in a safe place and not likely to get kicked or knocked or anything dropped on it etc. At that time we had a bay window at the far end of the room from the door so the cage was never walked past so safe from knocks. The window was high enough up and well sealed so didn’t cause drafts.

Since we moved I have always had the cage standing on something and think it is better generally. Depending on the cage also, it can make access easier. For example the Barney cage is easier to access when stood on something but only yon a low table eg or it’s too hard to reach up and access through the top door.

I used a kallax unit as a stand at first. It is slightly high for the top door. An ikea lack coffee table would be a better height.

I now have a console table to make a kind of double shelf so I can have two cages on it but the one at the bottom needs to be front opening.

The other advantage of having it stood on a kallax unit is you have storage under the cage. The downside to a cage sitting higher up is it’s a long drip to fall if they get out. I have a large cushion on the floor in front of the cage just in case.
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:13 AM   #3
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Doesn't matter where you keep your hamster's cage, on a table, stand ets or floor as long as they are away from drafts, direct heat like radiators and direct sunlight.

Two of mine are on tables and one is on the floor.
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:25 AM   #4
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Stands can be a great tool, but they can also be a problem if not chosen carefully. I would personally lean towards having a stand, but it's something you can work around if you can't get a stand for whatever reason. You also don't want something that's not adequate for supporting the weight of a cage, and while this is definitely more of a problem with heavy tank style cages it is still a thing to consider especially in the purchasing process. A stand of any kind that could collapse at some point due to being incapable of supporting the full weight of a cage would be far less safe than keeping a cage on the floor!
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:44 PM   #5
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Thank you all so much for the help and advice! I don't want to make any mistakes
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