Hamsters are cute little animals that make for great pets. What’s great about them is that they are relatively easy to care for and look after. Learn the do’s and dont’s of hamster care using this simple and straightforward guide. Here’s how.
Buy a hamster between four to seven weeks old. Younger hamsters are easier to train and have a tendency to be less vicious than their older counterparts.
When it comes to which hamster breed to get, golden hamsters are generally tamer and more gentle. Dwarf hamsters have a tendency to become harder to train.
Choose a cage for your hamster. They’re great escape artists so make sure that the cage is sturdy, with no openings for escape. There should be at least 20 square inches of free space in the cage per hamster. Look for a cage that will be airy but not too drafty, sturdy but not too closed off.
Put the cage in a location that you have easy access to, away from direct sunlight and drafts.
Put two inches thick bedding on the floor of the cage. Pine shavings are the best for this purpose.
Buy a hamster water bottle that can be attached to its cage. Make sure that you adjust the height so that your hamster can reach it. Don’t let the spout of the water bottle reach the bedding.
Hamsters love toys, but they don’t have to be expensive. Chew toys can come in the form of a toilet roll cardboard center. Wood chews attached to the sides of the cage are also good for the hamsters.
Make a small “bedroom” for your hamster. Take ordinary cardboard box and cut out a 2×2 inch doorway in one side. Surprisingly, the hamster will not urinate in the box, so you can replace the box after several months.
Feed your hamster hamster food pellets. If you insist on feeding your hamster other food such as fresh fruits or vegetables, introduce them only little by little in their diet so they’d get used to them.
To give your hamster some exercise, install an exercise wheel in its cage. A plastic hamster ball is also a great way to let your hamster walk around its cage in your home.
When your hamster is using a plastic hamster ball, keep an eye out on it. You don’t want dogs or other animals attacking your pet hamster.
Wash your hamster’s cage once a week using mild detergent. Dry it out and replace with new bedding before putting the hamster back.
Remove uneaten food after two days.
Never bathe your hamster.
Don’t leave your hamster unattended. Have someone look after your hamster if you have to go away for extended periods of time.