Hamsters are furry little creatures that belong to the family of rodents. These cute little animals are commonly made pets because they are inexpensive and easy to maintain. Hamsters could even be taken care of children, thus they are a common choice for them. Taking care of a hamster may not be that hard but your loving attention is essential for them to survive and keep healthy. Below are some tips and information on how to take care of your hamster effectively.
Mixed food for your hamster is available in pet stores. Give them food rich in vitamins and has balanced nutrients. Vegetables and fruits could also be given occasionally to provide fiber and vitamins on their diet. Remove uneaten vegetables and fruits after a day or two and replace it with fresh ones. Old vegetables and fruits may get molds and eating them cause diseases.
Always make fresh water available. It is recommended that you place the water in specially designed water dispensers for hamsters. A bowl of water may also be used but make sure it is sturdy enough to withstand tipping over. Clean the water dispenser everyday with water and disinfectant. Change the water at least twice a day.
Hamsters should be kept in a cage for safety. The cage should be big enough to let the hamster move comfortably. It should also fit in the food bowl, water container, the exercise wheel, and the sleeping box. It should be placed away from cool wind and should not be on direct sunlight.
Make sure to keep the cage clean and dry at all times. Wash the cage at least once in a week. Use water and some disinfectant to prevent bacterial accumulation. After washing, dry it properly and do away with moisture.
Hamsters have their way in cleaning themselves so you shouldn’t worry much about their grooming. You should know that hamsters don’t want to get wet so don’t bathe them. If you think your hamster stinks, clean the cage or the sleeping area more frequently and use disinfectant. You must check them for skin diseases, parasitic infestations, hair loss, overgrowing teeth, etc. If you notice any of these, call or visit your veterinarian.
Exercise is essential to strengthen your hamster’s muscles and bones. An exercise wheel may be purchased in pet stores and placed inside the cage. It is fun to watch them exercise. Also, a hamster ball may be used if you want the hamster to exercise outside the cage. Chewing toys should be provided because hamsters love to chew. They also love to play hide and seek so provide them with accessories for hiding such as a box with holes or tunnels.