Many people enjoy having hamsters as pets. These small creatures
make a unique and very friendly addition to your family. Hamsters are inexpensive,
both to purchase and maintain, as well as being cute and cuddly, easily
fitting into the palm of your hand. The downside to having a pet hamster is their short lives.
Most live only a year or two, which is very difficult for younger children.
you choose to adopt a hamster, caring for them is easy if you follow a
few simple guidelines. There are some things that you should know about
hamster care that will really make a difference in how healthy
your family pet is going to be. Here are some tips that will help you to make the most out of your new pet hamster:
Perhaps one of the first things that you need to consider in
order to make sure your hamster is as healthy as possible is the right type of housing. There are plenty of commercial hamster cages
on the market which can provide a lot of options for your new pet. Some
people also build their own hamster cages, either out of wire or plastic tubes.
One thing your hamster is going to enjoy, regardless of
which type of cage you choose, is a lot of room to roam around and explore.
This can help to keep your hamster happy and also provide him with a considerable
amount of exercise, which is essential for good health.
Most caging is plastic and your hamster
will try to chew or claw free. You will want to monitor their
activity when you clean the cage to make sure they are not producing a
hole. Some hamster owners go with a metal wire cage with tiny slits to
avoid the chewing escape.
2. CAGE LOCATION
Of course it is important to choose an efficient and suitable
cage for your hamster, but equally important is choosing the proper location
for your hamster’s new home. Make sure that you are not putting them
in harm's way by putting their cage in direct sunlight or too close to a heater,
both of which may provide unnatural and unsafe temperature extremes.
Unfortunately, this causes a lot of problems, so plan for your hamster’s arrival
3. FEEDING AND WATER
When it comes to feeding your hamster, commercially available
hamster food and hamster treats will provide them with ample nutrition.
If you plan on feeding them some vegetables or other scraps, you must absolutely
make sure that there are no pesticides on them. Hamsters are very delicate
creatures and even the tiniest amount of pesticide can have disastrous,
even fatal, results. For this reason, you should never feed a hamster grass clippings,
or the many other things from your lawn that regularly come in contact
with these dangerous chemicals.
The amount and quality of water available to your hamster is
essential for his health. You will want to make sure a clean, fresh supply
of water is readily available at all times. There are water bottles
which attach to the side of the hamster cages and are a great way to
provide them with the liquids that they need. However, water at room temperature
does grow bacteria easily, so make sure you empty the bottle daily, rinse
it out and refill with fresh water. Although your hamster is not going
to drink a lot of water, it must always be clean and in sufficient amounts.
Hamsters, like other pets, need to have exercise regularly to help with
digestion and overall health. There are lots of hamster accessories available. Providing a wheel to run on
or having a hamster ball to run around the house in is good for them. Tubing and cages come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. You
can create straight pathways to other larger home areas or curve them around
to re-enter the same cage.
Hamsters make great pets. Although it's tempting to handle them often, this should be kept to a minimum. Hamsters
have a tendency to bite when they are scared or uncomfortable with
handling, so it is important to handle them at least once a day. Remember
to use caution with young children, and teach them to wash their hands
before and after handling to help keep themselves and their furry friend