My new baby hamster is chewing and scratching wooden cage

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I've recently got a new baby hamster that's has just grown to be able to leave its mum. I've put him in a wooden cage with lots of toys and chews and hiding spots. Hes started scratching and what I'm presuming is biting the bottom and side of his wooden cage. Any help on how I can prevent this. He is very jumpy when I handles him to put him in his new home. He was pouching his food and hiding it and I know they do this. And idea on what to do? I've thought about getting mesh wiring to place above the wood and cover with bedding to try and stop him chewing through as this is a concern really big concern for me. Any ideas on what to do?
 

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I don’t know anything about hamsters and what types and sizes of cages to keep them in, but what I can say is that rodents chew anything and everything. Guinea pigs are the same, they also chew the wood of their hutches. I’m not sure ive ever seen anybody hamster in a wooden cage though
 

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What sort of cage are you using?
Hamster cages are not normally made of wood due to them becoming pee stained and smelly and also hamster chewing their way out.
Zooplus do a decent range fo good sized hamster cages - Barney and Alaska are two that spring to mind.
The other option is to switch to a tank. My hamster is in a large terranimum (100cm x 50cm) with a mesh lid for ventilation. Thsi gives her plenty of space, but keeps her safe and also makes it easy to see her.

hamsters are very busy creatures and need a decent sized wheel, very deep bedding for burrowing, and a decent hamster food. I offer strips of torn up kitched roll for her to rearrange and make into her own nest. Seed sprays and scatter feeding also offer enrichment and entertainment.

If you can give more specific information on your set, up I am happy to help you with more specific advice.
 

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What sort of cage are you using?
Hamster cages are not normally made of wood due to them becoming pee stained and smelly and also hamster chewing their way out.
Zooplus do a decent range fo good sized hamster cages - Barney and Alaska are two that spring to mind.
The other option is to switch to a tank. My hamster is in a large terranimum (100cm x 50cm) with a mesh lid for ventilation. Thsi gives her plenty of space, but keeps her safe and also makes it easy to see her.

hamsters are very busy creatures and need a decent sized wheel, very deep bedding for burrowing, and a decent hamster food. I offer strips of torn up kitched roll for her to rearrange and make into her own nest. Seed sprays and scatter feeding also offer enrichment and entertainment.

If you can give more specific information on your set, up I am happy to help you with more specific advice.
It's a two story wooden cage with a mesh top. I've found out he isn't chewing the actual cage hes chewing on his wooden house which I kinda expected him to do. His house is at the bottom with lots of bedding inside, steps at the side of his house and he has a wheel don there too. Upstairs he has a two story house also filled with lots of bedding and also lots of toys up there aswell as his food and water. Once he is adjusted to what hes got now and getting handled enough to put him in his ball while I clean cage I'm thinking of sanctioning the bottom off so his house will be submerged in bedding ( a good 8 inch) and next to it sanctioning a sand pit for him to dig in and the upstairs putting his wheel and more toys also thinking of like bridges and hammocks for him to explore too but they will have to come in time. Hes only a baby but is more active now to I've I'm sat on floor in front of the cage he comes up the the glass when hes feeling brave and I give him a treat ( when he takes them. I've tried about 4 times and hes only took it twice but that's a start. He also Bob's his head out of his house when I talk to him but gets a little nervous sometimes and hides again but I guess it's a start and I have to be patient with him. You got any suggestions on what toys I could put in there with some links too if possible. Thank you
 
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