Originally Posted by MaisyDawgThirteen
Habitrails are good too, as long as you have a large enough set-up. And with a lot of play-time you don't need a huge amount of space.
Even with extra modules and areas added on, an Ovo isn't anywhere near big enough to be a good cage for a Syrian. For one thing, the tubes are way too small for a syrian to use. They practically squish themselves to death in those things. Another is the space for an appropriate sized wheel. There simply isn't any. A syrian MUST have a MINIMUM wheel size of 8 inches. Some syrians need bigger wheels at around 11 inches due to their size, which can't possibly begin to fit inside an ovo. There is only room enough to barely squeeze in a 6 and a half inch silent spinner in my Ovo setup, which is much to tiny for any syrian, regardless of its size.
Only a dwarf species of hamster can live in an Ovo and only with extra modules or sets added on. If your going to have a syrian, your better off with a bin cage, or a large tank with plenty of deep bedding in it to satisfy their burrowing instincts.
Also, it doesn't matter what amount of time your hamster is out of their cage, they need one that is an appropriate size. Like previously said, they need a cage with FLOOR SPACE that is approximately 360 square inches, both for dwarf species and syrians. Height isn't needed as hamsters are more comfortable on a single level cage and they are terrible climbers anyways. If you want to add a level, make sure it isn't to terribly high up or has something soft under it, like a hammock, to catch them when they inevitably fall off.