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Old 11-08-2019, 02:02 PM   #1
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I have a Russian hamster (hybrid) who is 2 years 3 months old and I am considering moving house. This will be about 200 miles away. Any advice. I am thinking of just putting his cage in the car but will he be ok? It may even be further.
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Old 11-08-2019, 02:51 PM   #2
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I would use his cage to move, less stressful. If it’s cold, make sure you cover it from drafts, maybe put it in a plastic bic with the lid open. If it’s hot, make sure there is enough ventilation so your hamster doesn’t overheat.
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Old 11-08-2019, 02:53 PM   #3
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Generally speaking, a smaller space such as a carrier is considered to be safer whilst you are in transit as there is less space for a hamster to be thrown around in if you have to brake sharply and less to fall on top of a hamster.

If I'm transporting just one hamster, I'll often use something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ferplast-Al.../dp/B00F5ZYR72

It's sold as a Guinea Pig Carrier but it's much too small for a guinea pig but is a good size for hamsters. I usually put some used substrate from the cage in with a tissue box or something for the hamster to make a nest in plus some food and some large chunks of cucumber for moisture. I usually take a large fabric bag for life with me that I can just pop the carrier into if we go into a service station too so I'm not leaving a hamster in the car that may get too hot or cold.
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:45 PM   #4
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Moving in a cage is a very bad idea. Cages are very big, and bigger spaces lead to potential injuries or even death when we're talking about travel of any method but especially in cars. Fluffagrams has given some excellent advice though, so that should help quite a bit!

Just remember that the main idea with a safe transportation enclosure is that it should be just enough space for the hamster, a bit of bedding, and maybe some food. It shouldn't be tall either as height can be a safety risk just as floor space can. Whatever you use for your carrier(so long as it is a safe size with adequate ventilation), it needs to stay firmly in place as well while you're in the moving vehicle. This means placing it in the best way possible so that even if you were to slam on the brakes or get into an accident the cage would stay in place and a) not move dangerously to harm the hamster and b) not become a projectile to harm the humans inside the car or even some potentially outside the car.
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Old 11-08-2019, 05:18 PM   #5
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Moving in a cage is a very bad idea. Cages are very big, and bigger spaces lead to potential injuries or even death when we're talking about travel of any method but especially in cars. Fluffagrams has given some excellent advice though, so that should help quite a bit!

Just remember that the main idea with a safe transportation enclosure is that it should be just enough space for the hamster, a bit of bedding, and maybe some food. It shouldn't be tall either as height can be a safety risk just as floor space can. Whatever you use for your carrier(so long as it is a safe size with adequate ventilation), it needs to stay firmly in place as well while you're in the moving vehicle. This means placing it in the best way possible so that even if you were to slam on the brakes or get into an accident the cage would stay in place and a) not move dangerously to harm the hamster and b) not become a projectile to harm the humans inside the car or even some potentially outside the car.
Itís true, I hadnít thought about that. A smaller carrier would be safer.
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Old 11-09-2019, 05:07 AM   #6
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Thanks for your advice.
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