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How To Care Your Hamster Blog For All Beginners Hamster Owners
June 22, 2020
Hello Friends in today’s Blog you will going to be learn basic hamster care, so i hope this information will help you to make your Hamster Happy with you.
Cage For Your Hamster.
The first thing for your hamster is obviously you need a cage, I personally recommend using aquariums and bin cages, you are going to need a large cage for a hamster something along the size of 450 square inches of floor space that’s equivalent to around a 40 gallons aquarium. When placing the hamsters cage try to put it somewhere where there is a low traffic area, so there’s not too many people maybe not too many loud things going around like the TV or things like that also try to keep it out of direct sunlight, so you don’t put it in a window because you don’t want it always shining in your hamsters cage and it could heat up a little too quickly in your hamsters cage.
Toys For your Hamster.
You are going to want to include things such as hideouts and you can get a variety of different types, you also want to put different toys in there so like different tubes and different things to stimulate your hamsters brain and you also want to include chew toys in your hamster cage because hamster teeth are continuously growing they never stop growing so they do need something hard to chew on to wear their teeth down so that they do not end up having any medical issues.
Bedding For your Hamster.
The next thing you are going to need for your hamster is bedding and hamsters are naturally burrowers in the wild they will burrow and make houses underneath the ground so you do need a lot of substrate you should give at least a 6-inch amount so that your hamster has enough room for it to burrow and things like that there are some unsafe types of beddings such as pine, cedar and scented beddings anything that is called soft wood shavings is not safe for your hamster it can actually give them a respiratory infection. These safe beddings that you want to go with would be Aspen or any paper based bedding it can be colored even just make sure it’s not scented or anything like that. You can buy the kaytee clean and cozy because it’s just so soft and it’s actually a fairly good price because you get so much in a bag.
Wheel For your Hamster.
You also are going to need some type of wheel because hamsters in the wild can run up to several miles per night so they need a wheel to burn off their energy so for a Syrian hamster and a Chinese hamster you want to get the proper size and it needs to be at least 8 inches most Syrian hamsters will need a larger wheel than an 8 inch most will need at least an 11 inch wheel and for Dwarfs you should probably go around 6 to 8 inches this right. I use a 8 inch silent spinner for my Syrian hamster and he fits perfectly in it you also want to stay away from anything wire or mesh because this can injure your hamsters feet and limbs so stick with anything solid.
Feed For your Hamster.
The next you are going to need a diet for your hamster obviously they need to eat something and a hamsters diet should include some type of seed mix and a pelleted mix and then some fruits and vegetables on the side there are a lot of seed mixes on the market you can find so many different brands of seed mixes for hamsters but a lot of them don’t actually meet the requirements the hamster actually needs. A hamster should have at least 17 to 19 percent protein 4 to 7 percent fat and 8 to 13 percent fiber, most recommended diet that you can be feeding your hamster is the Higgins sunburst gourmet blend feed mix along with the Mazuri rat and mouse pellets hamsters can have a variety of different types of foods because they are omnivores, the different types of safe foods you can feed your hamsters and all the unsafe foods that you shouldn’t be feeding your hamsters so you can check that out if you want personally I feed my hamsters 2 tablespoons every 2 to 3 days. I find this is a good amount and it gives some time to eat it you do not need to be refilling a hamster food dish every day it might seem like the dish is empty but your hamster has cheek pouches that they put all of the food in and they will take it all back to their nest, so that it’s close to them so that they can eat it and take little snacks when they want to so it might seem like your hamster is eating all that food but they really aren’t so give it a couple days for them to eat the stuff in their nest before refilling the dish.
Water Bottle For your Hamster.
The next you need some source of water for your hamster because once again they are a mammal and they need to be always hydrated you can use a water bottle it is what I recommend because it keeps the water clean and it doesn’t get full of bacteria or anything if you do use a hamster food or water dish you do need to be cleaning that out more often than you would a water bottle but for a water bottle you do want to be cleaning this out every several days and refilling it with new water.
Cleaning Things For your Hamster.
The next is cleaning your hamsters cage your hamsters cage really should only be cleaned every once a month if it is the proper cage size and you should be cleaning it every several days so just going finding where your hamster pees or if you see a lot of soiled bedding cleaning that out every once in a while to make sure it doesn’t become over dirty and then only cleaning it out once a month because hamsters can get very stressed if you’re always cleaning their cage and when you do clean your cage make sure you’re not using any harsh chemicals on the cage some water and vinegar mix this is awesome it’s pet safe and won’t hurt your hamster so this is what I like to clean my cage is with every once in a while I don’t do it every month because it’s not necessary but when you do clean it make sure you use something safe also make sure to include some previous bedding from the old cage into the new clean cage that way your hamster isn’t too stressed out because they will smell their old bedding and they might feel a little bit better your hamster.
Do Not Bath Your Hamster.
Important thing you should know, does not need to be bathed a hamster if bathed in water can actually become very stressed and they can even catch it cold or even passed away so you really never want to be bathing your hamster, in water instead if your hamster gets smelly or they look a little greasy you can give them a little bit of chinchilla bath sand and they can roll around in that and that should clean them pretty good.
Keeping Hamster in Pair.
Most hamsters should live on their own especially Syrians and Chinese hamsters because they are naturally solitary when paired with another hamster they will fight each other and it can become very tragic if you lose a hamster there are some species that can be put together but it isn’t really recommended as it is a little bit risky and it should be only for experienced hamster owners to try but even I have tried it and I personally really don’t recommend keeping a pair, I suggest keeping one hamster to one cage it’s just that easy hamsters should not be introduced to each other either as they can result in fighting, each other and that can be very scary so try not to introduce your hamster to another hamster or try to put them on like a play date or something hamsters really like to be on their own and they do not get lonely and just like any other animal.
Find A Vet For Your Hamster Near You.
Hamsters need a vet find in case anything serious happens or if there’s an emergency you do need to take your hamster to a vet just because they might be small or cheap does not mean you have the right to not give them the medical attention, they need so that is your basic hamster care.
I hope after reading this blog you will know how you can care your Hamster and what you need to do for your Hamster Happy with you.