Small animal cages in the online Maxi Zoo shop
Small animal cages for rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats or hamsters
Whether you have rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats or hamsters: When keeping them at home, you will need a small animal cage. A cage will serve as a secure base, a place of retreat and temporary secure accommodation for your pet. Including accessories such as a small animal house, toys and hiding places and also giving your pet regular time out of the cage will keep them happy. Ideally, a small animal cage will be large enough for an animal to have sufficient space to enjoy a varied and species-appropriate lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a multi-storey small animal enclosure for a group of mice or a small animal hutch for indoor pet care: You will be able to find other accessories in the online Maxi Zoo shop
What size should a small animal cage be?
The correct size for rabbits, hamsters, etc. varies. Here you can find the current animal welfare recommendations as a guide:
- Hamster cage: Minimum dimensions of 100 x 50 x 50 centimetres (L x W x H) with the option of at least a 20 cm deep layer of soil for digging & with at least one level.
- Mouse cage: The minimum dimensions for a mouse cage with at least two occupants are 80 x 50 x 80 centimetres.
- Rabbit cage: For rabbits, species-appropriate accommodation in a cage is hardly possible. The minimum size of a rabbit cage which is only intended to be used as a temporary residence is 150 x 60 x 50 centimeters, with the floor area being increased by 20% for each additional animal.
- Guinea pigs: The minimum size of a guinea pig cage for two animals is 120 x 60 x 50 centimetres. For each additional animal, the floor area should be increased by 20%. The cage should only serve as a place which can be freely chosen.
- Rat cage: The size of a cage for up to three rats should be at least 100 x 60 x 100 centimetres or, if a tower construction is used, 80 x 50 x 120 centimetres, with each having several floors.
Which small animals require a cage as well as an enclosure?
Rabbits, guinea pigs and other larger small animals need plenty of daily exercise and should ideally have free access to a spacious enclosure. Small animals like dwarf hamsters and coloured mice should be allowed to occupy particularly spacious small animal enclosures, unless you can provide a free run.
What wood can be used for small animal cages?
Outdoor rabbit hutches are made of wood, but a small animal cage made of wood? Small animals are known for gnawing so does it make sense? With their chic look, wooden cages fit harmoniously into various home furnishings. Wood’s tactile and olfactory properties also make it a natural environmental material for cage dwellers. The cage only has to be designed and manufactured in such a way that the animal does not find any starting points for its gnawing behaviour. When buying, look for natural wood that has not been chemically treated. The preferred woods for wooden cages are pine and silver fir, occasionally hardwoods. Only saliva-proof varnish certified according to DIN EN 71-3 may be used as varnish for small animal cages.