How to Stop a Hamster from Gnawing Its Cage
Gnawing to Trim Teeth
Don't let your hamster chew anything besides hamster food, mineral blocks, dog biscuits or wood blocks.BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images
Provide your hamster with healthy, colorful carrot-shaped wood blocks to satisfy its chewing habit. Dog biscuits and mineral blocks also are great alternatives to wood, as both provide extra nutrients.
- 2). Place the wood sticks or biscuits in the areas of the cage where your hamster is prone to biting.
- 3). Replace the chew sticks or biscuits as they are eaten and worn so your hamster won't have an excuse to return to gnawing at the cage.
Gnawing from Boredom
- 1). Add a cage wheel, a few tunnels and a ladder to the cage, so your hamster can explore and release its nighttime energy.
- 2). Remove any other pets from your bedroom, and allow your hamster a chaperoned opportunity to explore the area for 10 minutes before returning it to the cage.
A hamster ball gives your pet some freedom without allowing it to run rampant.John Howard/Lifesize/Getty Images
Place the hamster in a hamster ball and allow him to explore his environment within the safety of the ball.
Gnawing to Escape
- 1). Get a separate cage for each of your hamsters.
Hamsters are happiest when they live alone.Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
Put your most recently acquired hamsters into these new cages.
- 3). Space the cages away from each other to prevent further anxiety.