8 Things You Need Before Getting a Hamster
A couple of months ago, my two youngest girls started asking me for a hamster. We do an allowance system in our home, and they showed me the money they had saved up. Soon after we welcomed Oreo and Buster into our home!
If your family is thinking of getting a hamster, there are serval things you will want to know before. Check out these 8 things you need before getting a hamster.
The cage you choose will need to be escape-proof and quick and easy to clean. Most hamsters are capable of fitting through small spaces. They can chew through plastic walls as well. Never underestimate your hamsters ability to escape when you pick out the cage for your new pet.
This means its better to get a basic cage than a modular cage with tubes. While it is fun, it is normally harder to clean these types of cages. It is also doesn’t provide great ventilation for the hamsters. Plus, not all hamsters will be able to fit through the tubes.
You will want another safe and secure place to hold your hamster when you clean the cage once a week.
The right bedding can really change your hamster’s experience. Avoid bedding that is made out of wood, such as cedar or pine. Wood bedding can irritate your hamster respiratory system.
The best bedding you can get is a paper or fiber-based bedding. If you want to be economical, toilet paper or facial tissues also work.
Bedding can be replaced every week when you clean out the cage.
There are normally two different types of food you can get for your hamster.
Pelleted mix: good nutritional balance, often a better option. Can also be supplemented with a other items such as fresh vegetables.
Loose mix: such as seeds and other items. Might cause a dietary imbalance for your hamster, because they could only pick out and eat the parts they like.
Normally, feed your hamster once a day and remove any fresh foods that haven’t been eaten in a few hours.
4. Food dish
You won’t need anything fancy for your hamster’s food dish. Anything that is small, shallow, but heavy. For example, a small ceramic or porcelain crock. Whatever you get, make sure it can’t be chewed up.
5. Water bottle
Don’t get a water bowl for your hamster because it can be spilled and get the water dirty. A small hanging water bottle is a perfect option!
You should invest in a good quality exercise wheel. Hamsters love to run and exercise, so make sure your wheel has a solid running surface that mounts of the side of the cage. Ideally, make sure that there aren’t any cross supports, because they hamsters could get caught on their leg or neck.
Protip: make sure the wheel is also quiet, because hamsters like to run at night. If your hamster wheel is squeaky or noisy. Drop a small amount of vegetable oil onto the wheel axis.
Create a private space for your hamster to sleep with a house or hideout. You could invest in one, or use a simple small cardboard box.
Hamsters love to chew and climb. Get hamster-safe toys that will help them avoid being bored. When they are bored, they will start chewing through everything. You can also make toys out of toilet paper tubes or tissue boxes.
The Spruce Pets advises that if your hamster escapes to “keep watch near the cage and and then spread your search out to other rooms.” Hamsters are nocturnal creatures, so “keep watch at night and check under and behind furniture. If possible, leave the cage open with plenty of food so the hamster can return on its own.
Additionally, hamsters are small creatures. So if something goes wrong with your hamster, it will affect them quickly. As such, keep an eye on them for any abnormal signs, such as: inactivity, not eating, diarrhea, hair loss, sneezing, or runny eyes.
A hamster can be a fun addition to your home and help your kids learn about taking care of animals!
Source: The Spruce Pets
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