Cool clay house for hamsters and other small rodents
While hamsters and gerbils originally come from warm places, these small rodents do not bear great heat well at all. In fact, wild hamsters generally sleep through the day in their cool burrows underground, and even gerbils can rarely be found above ground during hot noontide. Most of our pets still keep to the same biorhythm as their cousins out in the wild, but they do not have cool underground dens.
Hidey-holes made from stone or ceramics can help: these materials conduct heat much better than wood, so even in summer heat cannot build up inside. They can even be sprayed with water to provide additional cooling.
Rodipet® EasyClean Ceramic hideys have been created on the model of the burrows of Roborovski dwarf hamsters: These tiny guys rarely dig large tunnel systems like their larger cousins but rather just dig one den at the end of a tunnel.
A Rodipet® EasyClean Ceramic Tube with or without opening to the side can be fitted to the entrance of this Rodent House to create a tunnel leading either to the surface or into a second Ceramic House or Rodent Burrow. Thus, even the many-roomed mansions of Syrian hamsters can be recreated using our EasyClean series.
Rodipet® EasyClean Ceramic Houses and Rodent Burrows are made from breathable clay so there will be no waterlogging. Merely the bottom area of the hideys, which is particularly prone to being soiled, is glazed – thus they can easily be cleaned by hand if required, though they are dishwasher-safe. Moreover, the house has a removable “lid” which can be taken off to check the nest without disturbing the inmate overmuch.