Caring for a Pet Hamster

September 4, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Hamsters are popular pets especially with children, but do you know how to properly care for them? Whether you already have a hamster or you are thinking about purchasing one, read this facts and tips for keeping them healthy and happy.

 

  1. Feed them well- What they eat is just as important as how much they eat. Hamsters love to pick out the tasty, fattening food and eat it first, especially sunflower seeds. This doesn’t mean this is all they should eat. Treat your hamster to the similar foods that they would eat if they were in the wild. Small amounts of fresh veggies (ex: carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce) and fresh fruit (ex: bananas, apples, and most berries). Avoid citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes. Protein is an important part of a hamster’s diet, and they also love whole grain breads and cereals. The crucial thing is to provide your hamster with a well-balanced diet. Moderation and variety is the key. Offer some of these treats in addition to the daily standard seed and pellet mix.
  2. Make their bed- Regularly change your hamster’s bedding and give their cage a good scrub. Rinse out their water bottle often. Room temperature water can acquire bacteria that can make your pet sick. Carefully choose the bedding you use. Some types of bedding, such as cedar shavings, can cause skin irritations for some hamsters.
  3. Choose a proper cage- You can go with a plastic or wire cage. Just keep in mind that hamsters like to chew so occasionally inspect the cage. When choosing a cage, also think about giving your pet a nice and spacious living space. Do not place the cage in direct sunlight or on a heater, in a really dark and cold place such as the basement, or in an area where it could be kicked or knocked over by others. Instead, choose a safe place for the cage.
  4. Hamsters are born to chew- Did you know hamster’s teeth never quit growing? In addition, they are one of the few creatures born with a full set of teeth. They take care of their teeth by chewing on hard items like paper towel tubes, plain brown boxes, and wooden treats. If you hamster has trouble eating, his or her teeth may need to be trimmed by a professional.
  5. Hamsters need exercise- Your furry friend needs space to exercise and keep fit. Like other types of pets, overweight hamsters can encounter digestive and other health problems. Provide toys such as a running wheel and hamster ball to keep them active.

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