How Much Does a Hamster Cage Cost?

Getting hamster for your child involves finding the right hamster cage and the feeding and bedding accessories that go with it. Before you bring the hamster, check out the costs of ownership.

Hamster  Cage

The most important thing that you will need is the hamster cage. This will be where your hamster will live. There are lots of different types of cages. These can be purchased for anywhere between $10 for a small plastic cage up to $100 for a larger cage made of metal or wood.


Bedding material is important as it will make your hamster cage comfortable for the hamster. This will cost between $2 and $10 depending on whether you choose basic bedding, or whether you prefer the scented varieties. Prepare to replace bedding weekly as part of your cleaning regimen.

Dish and Food

A dish to put food in is a very good idea, it's best to buy a ceramic bowl so that hamsters can't chew and eat it. This should only cost up to a maximum of $10.

Food is also necessary and you can buy lots of different mixes of hamster food at your local pet shop. These shouldn't cost any more than a few dollars for a small bag to try out.


All animals need to drink and hamsters are no exception. Expect to pay up to $5 for a water bottle. A bowl of water could be used instead however bottles are much cleaner and less likely to make a mess.