Can I Keep My Hamster In My Bedroom? (All You Need To Know)

Finding an ideal location for your Hamster’s enclosure can be a tough task for many of us. So, it is very obvious for the Hamster owner to wonder can their little ones can be kept in their bedroom? Is it safe for them? Is it safe for us?

I did some research on the same and here is what I have learned.

You can surely keep your Hamsters in your bedroom but there are a few things you must consider before you do the same. The most significant concern for me is that as Hamsters are nocturnal they will surely disturb our sleep. Some other considerations are allergies and lack of space.

When your Hamster is in your bedroom, naturally their floor time increases, this will help you bond with your Hamster.

On the other hand,  if you don’t spend much time in your bedroom throughout the day, then exact opposite is likely to happen.

I would recommend weighing the pros and cons of both before deciding to move ahead as sometimes a hasty decision can be fatal for you as well your Hamsters.

Picture Credits: Dora, The Syrian Hamster; Instagram Handle: thehamstercalledmouse

Is It Safe To Keep Hamsters In A Bedroom?

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Yes, it is totally safe for your Hamsters to live in your bedroom. Although there are a few things you must keep in mind.

A Hamster can live comfortably in a temperature range of 68°F-74°F (22°C- 24°C). Anything above or below that can be bad for their health.

You must also make sure that the enclosure in which your Hamster is housed is well- ventilated.

Pros Of Keeping A Hamster In My Bedroom

Here is the positive side of keep your Hamster in your bedroom. Have a look at the points stated below:

Monitoring Your Hamster’s Health

It becomes very easy and convenient to monitor your Hamster’s health, when they are in your bedroom.

It is very important to keep an eye on your Hamsters and track their health. When Hamsters fall sick, their health deteriorates real quick.

Any carelessness from your side can put your Hamster’s life at risk.

Maintaining A Stable Living Environment

The ideal temperature for Hamsters ranges from 68°F-74°F (22°C- 24°C). If you live in a place where weather conditions are extreme, then you might need to look into some source or some other alternative method to stabilize the temperature around their enclosure.

Picture Credits: Dora, The Syrian Hamster; Instagram Handle: thehamstercalledmouse

In winters, you can also consider adding some heating pad in your Hamster’s enclosure. However, I would recommend you not to use the heating pads, which are advertised for human use.

If you use an air conditioner or a heater that can keep your room’s temperature stable throughout the year, then it might be a wise decision to keep your Hamsters in the bedroom.

Read this article to learn more about, how to keep your Hamsters warm in the winters!

Adequate Attention

It is quite obvious that you are likely to give more attention to your Hamster when they are housed in your bedrooms.

Also, it is easier to tame your Hamster in such conditions. When your Hamster is in your bedroom, naturally their floor time increases, this will help you bond with your Hamster.

However, it is likely to happen exact opposite if you stay outside your bedroom or your home most of the time.

To learn and understand your Hamsters better, have a look at the following articles:

Company

It would be the best decision to keep your Hamster in your bedroom, if you live alone in your home.

Though Hamsters cannot replace humans, they prove to be great companions and interact pretty well with their owners.

Also, Hamsters are good with adults, they may not be a great companion for your child.

Cons Of Keeping A Hamster In My Bedroom

Here is the negative side of keep your Hamster in your bedroom. Have a look at the points stated below:

Allergic To Some People

Some people are allergic to Hamsters. Although such allergies are very rare, still if you suffer from one keep your Hamster away from your bedroom.

Picture Credits: Dora, The Syrian Hamster; Instagram Handle: thehamstercalledmouse

In most cases, people are not allergic to the Hamsters but to their bedding or substrate materials. In such cases, it would be wise to keep your Hamster in another room.

Also, if you have a medical history of any respiratory diseases or asthma, then you must consider keeping your Hamsters away from the place where you sleep.

They Will Probably Not Let You Sleep

Hamsters are nocturnal creatures, which means they sleep during the day and are most active during night.

No one can deny the fact that Hamsters are noisy at night. The noise of their wheels, water bottles, toys, etc. along with the squeaks and screams of your Hamster can disturb your sleep completely.

If you are a person, who loves his/her sleep, then keeping your Hamster in your bedroom might not be the right decision to make.

Your Bedroom May Start To Stink

Although Hamsters usually spend 20-30% of his life grooming themselves but the same doesn’t apply to their enclosure.

Hamsters are quite messy. They love to play with their food and water, some of them even tip their food bowls.

Also, Hamsters have a bad habit of hiding their food. Uneaten food generates a foul smell, it even lead to stress in Hamsters.

They poop every few minutes, and if you don’t keep up with the daily cleaning schedule, then you will end up with a smelly cage.

Good quality bedding and leakproof water bottles are also crucial to keep the stinky smell in check.

Attracts Flies And Rats

Hamsters attract flies and rats. The environment where your Hamster lives are one of the significant causes of flystrike rather than the Hamsters themselves.

Flies generally drop eggs in the manure of your pet. These eggs if not cleaned, later hatch maggots which may feed on Hamster’s flesh.

Therefore, you must consider the same before housing your Hamster in your bedroom.

Have a look at this Insect Trap I got from Amazon! It is effective as well as eco-friendly.

Require Huge Space

Hamsters require a fairly large space to live in. Your Hamster must be provided with at least a 30-40 gallon tank or say 4 square feet of space and 20 inches height square feet of space to be comfortable.

Picture Credits: Dora, The Syrian Hamster; Instagram Handle: thehamstercalledmouse

Therefore, you might need to consider giving up a large portion of your bedroom to your Hamsters.

If you are comfortable with it, then keeping them in your bedroom shall work great; otherwise, you might need to reconsider your decision.

Under no circumstances, your Hamsters should be kept in smaller enclosures.

Check out this amazing Hamster Winter Warm Fleece Hanging Cage, I got from Amazon!

You Will Not Be Able To Use Any Perfumes, Body Spray, Essential Oils, Etc.

Essential oils and Hamsters don’t do well hand-in-hand. Most essential oils are toxic to our Hamsters and should be entirely avoided.

Hamsters have a strong sense of smell, therefore, essential oils can hurt your little ones if you use it around them.

Also, by using essential oils around your Hamsters can cause breathing problems and other respiratory issues among them.

Instead of perfumes, body sprays or essential oils, I have used this amazing soy candles which I bought from Amazon. It is rated pet-safe and doesn’t contain much of chemicals also.

Even if you are passively diffusing a mild amount in the air, then do it on another side of your home away from your Hamsters.

Can I Keep A Hamster In My Child’s Bedroom?

You should avoid keeping a Hamster in your child’s bedroom. Even if you got the pet for your child still it would be wise to use a separate room or your living room to house your Hamsters. There are a few major concerns to look at if you want to house them with your kids.

  • Hamsters are likely to cause allergies in small children.
  • If you house a Hamster in your child’s room then they are like to take care of it in their way which can be fatal for the Hamsters.
  • Unlike other pets, Hamsters need some extra attention which kids might not be able to provide.
  • Hamsters should be provided with fresh food and water daily. At times, if your kid misses to provide food or water due to any unforeseen reason then your Hamster may fall sick.
  • Hamsters are good at hiding pain. If not looked after properly, it can put their life at risk.

An Ideal Place To Keep Your Hamsters!

The best place to keep your Hamsters would be the central part of your house. It can be a separate room, your drawing room, or any other room.

However, avoid keeping your little friend inside rooms such as a garage, storage units, or basements.

Housing them at a place where someone from your family passes by every now and then is important so that they get the attention they need.

Sources: NCBI, Research Gate, Springer Link, Science Marg

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Mohini

Hello, I am Mohini, the founder of this blog. I am currently studying Animal Nutrition. I have a pet hamster. I am here to help everyone understand their pets better.

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