Having a hamster as a pet is an experience that can be both challenging and fun at the same time. Hamsters are animals known to be one of the top choices when it comes to choosing pets for children. This is because hamsters, with their small built, are easily manageable in comparison to the typical house pets such as cats and dogs. At the same time, having a cute and furry appearance coupled with a prominent pouch cheeks, hamsters can easily capture the hearts of children in general. Hamsters are also categorized as an animal that is low maintenance. This is true considering that they are not difficult to feed and they are also good in doing self – grooming. Aside from that, the activities that are usually done by hamsters are just running around the cage or in their favorite wheel.
Nonetheless, taking care of hamsters is not easy as different circumstances may occur. And basically, the situation can become even difficult and challenging once one considers taking care of newborn hamsters. Knowledge of newborn hamster care is necessary especially by the owners who plan of breeding their pet hamsters or wants to avail a newborn hamster from direct breeders. Taking care of full-grown hamsters has necessary criteria and elements that should be observed and achieved. These said elements are still present when one speaks of taking care of newborn hamsters. However, certain precautions and considerations must be observed in order to deliver appropriate care and promote optimum health of the newborn hamster.
Newborn hamsters are considered as fragile being as they are born with less or even no hair and their skin are thin and translucent, making them more susceptible to extreme temperature and infections. Thus, ample attention and care should be given to them by their owner. Mother hamsters play a crucial role in the taking care of newborn hamsters. But that doesn’t mean that owners should do nothing as they rely on the ability of the mother hamster. Contrary to that, owners should work together with the mother hamster in assuring the condition and health of the newborn hamster.
The environment, which basically includes the cage, should be maintained clean at all times to prevent bacteria from growing that may lead to infection of the newborn hamster. Also, inside the cage, a warm bed should be created. This warm bed can be made of tissue papers cut into small pieces. Aside from that, the cage itself must be away from sources of extreme temperature for it may cause temperature imbalance to the hairless and susceptible newborn hamster. To prevent chills and other temperature related conditions, newborn hamsters can be placed on top or beside their mother hamsters. This position will promote heat transfer from the mother hamster to the newborn hamster. In terms of feeding, water bottle should be placed on the lowest level. This is done to assure that the newborn hamster can reach the water bottle without any difficulties once they are allowed and capable of drinking water on their own. Other from that, newborn hamsters should be initially fed with evaporated milk, baby formula and the likes. The feeding should be done by giving them three drops of milk from a dropper every hour. As days progress, the dosage increases as the dietary needs of hamsters continue to grow.
After feeding, it is important that proper elimination is taught and observed in the newborn hamster. By stimulating the genital or anal area of the newborn hamster, one can aid in the development of regular diet and elimination among newborn hamsters.