So we got a new member of the family: a pet hamster!
If you have never before had a pet, hamsters are a great place to start. Small, cute and fury what’s not to love! They live from 1-3 years and are very friendly if they are treated properly and handled regularly. If you are thinking about buying a pet hamster here are a few tips in regards to looking after and caring for your new fury friend!
First of all you will need to buy a house for your hamster to live in, there a numerous cages out there and it really depends on the breed of hamster as to which one you choose. Obviously the bigger the hamster the bigger the cage should be! You will need to make sure it has plenty of space to run around, preferably with an exercise wheel. You can buy cages that come with detachable water bottles and food bowls. If the cage doesn’t have a separate ‘bed’ area you might want to consider buying one or making a nest for it to sleep in as hamsters like to keep cosy! Personally I would recommend the tank like cages as some hamsters find fun in climbing up the walls of wire cages, which can be both noisy and possibly dangerous for your new pet! Hamsters are fairly territorial especially as adults so should always be housed alone with no roomies!
There are numerous dry hamsters foods that you can pick up easily in pet shops. You can also buy treats like fruit drops for them. This isn’t always necessary as you can feed your hamster treats from your own fridge such as grapes, cucumber, sweetcorn and peas. If they start storing food in their cheek pouches don’t freak out or think you’ve killed it (like I did with my neighbours hamster when I was 10), this is completely normal and they are just saving it for later! Hamsters teeth can easily overgrow causing health problems, to prevent this make sure your hamster has always got something to gnaw on. You can purchase chews that attach to the cage alternatively a hard dog biscuit will do!
Although hamsters are quite tough little creatures they can get ill, and if treatment is not given early on it might mean they have to be put down. Wet tail is a disease that causes diarrhoea and a wet rear end this is very severe and you should take your hamster to the vet as soon as possible. Tyzzer’s disease is carried by wild mice, so you should avoid housing your pet anywhere that could be contaminated by mice.
All in all hamsters are fairly simple to care for and sweet to look at. Hopefully this guide has given you some ideas about what to expect and how to look after your new pet hamster! Take care of it and make sure it doesn’t escape or you’ll have a nightmare trying to find and catch it!
Here’s some more hamster craziness!