So hypothetically what if right now I said that without a doubt hamsters require these cage sizes and setups. That what most of us have is without a doubt cruel and undersized. That in order to give your hamster what it deserves you need to upgrade your cages and soon. That anything smaller is cruel. Science was backing this up completely, study after study was coming in proving this. What would you do?
Would you try rehoming your hamster?
Would you upgrade?
Would you stick with what you have for now and then give up hamsters afterwards if you couldn't upgrade?
Would you just disagree and stick with what you have?
I started thinking about this earlier. If I found out right now that what I have (a 20 gallon long) is without a doubt downright cruel and then even my Detolf cage (about 1088sq inches) is still too small then well... right now I'd probably just upgrade my girls to the detolf and let them live their lives out in there. Right now I honestly don't think I would run out and buy new cage. I would probably feel guilty about it though, if it was absolutely true that hamsters needed more room. But I probably wouldn't upgrade until later on. And maybe this is selfish but I think I would still keep hamsters after that even without upgrading. I would eventually but not right away.
What about you guys?
*edit* The more I think about this, the more I disagree with myself. I would upgrade if I could. Right now I cannot upgrade from my detolf, but if I could then I would. However if I couldn't upgrade than I would let my girls live out their lives. And that would be it. It's hypocritical for me to say that I would keep hamsters in a cage that is (in this scenario) cruel and yet expect others in real life to upgrade from their habitrail or other small cage. So I think I would follow suit with thefeldhamster and just be a stop for hamsters needing a home, a foster home basically. That way I'm doing something great, I'm helping hamsters and I still get to have them in my life.
Edited by Christmas_hamster, 11 November 2011 - 09:56 PM.