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Hamsters: how to look after them properly?

A hamster – a small but very cute pet that is easy to care for. The most common choice is the Giungaria or Syrian hamster, but other types of hamster can be kept in the home. Their care is very similar: the most important thing is to make sure that the cage is properly equipped, the hamster gets plenty of exercise and the diet is wholesome. So, what is the most important thing to know about the care of these small pets?

Hamster cage

It is advisable to choose a cage that is as spacious as possible, as this will allow the pet to move around a lot and feel really comfortable (minimum cage size – 30x40x30 cm). A cage with a removable bottom may be the best choice, as it can be easily cleaned if necessary (usually recommended every 3-4 days). Although it is sometimes decided to keep two or more hamsters rather than one, same-sex pets may fight and different sexes may soon produce offspring, which is not normally desirable.

Food and water

The best choice will be a special hamster feed containing sufficient nutrients, vitamins and minerals. A variety of seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables may also be given to hamsters, with the exception of brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, etc.), onions, kiwi, pineapple, watermelon and almonds. Sometimes the hamster may be treated with skimmed yoghurt, cottage cheese, hard-boiled egg. Salted or sweetened foods should never be given, nor should human treats (chocolate, biscuits or other baked goods).The hamster’s cage should always have clean water at room temperature – it is best to attach a special drinking bottle, as this will prevent the water from boiling and spilling. The food bowl should be on a sturdy base or attached to the bars of the cage.

Hamster dental care

Interestingly, hamsters are born with teeth, which is a real rarity. Like other rodents, hamsters’ teeth grow throughout their lives, so it is very important that the pet always has something to chew on. Tree branches or special mineral salt for hamsters are perfect for this. You can also find treats for these rodents in pet shops, which can help hamsters sharpen their teeth. If your pet’s teeth become too long, you will need to see a vet to have them shortened.

Keep your pet busy

Hamsters are very mobile creatures and keepers of hamsters need to ensure that their pets are sufficiently occupied. It is recommended to provide a running wheel in the cage and toys for rodents (e.g. special balls with treats inside). At home, you can put up a hutch and let your pet out for a pee (only do this when you have the opportunity to observe the hamster). During the summer you can take your hamster outside, but it is advisable to keep it in a secure enclosure.

The best litter

For hamsters, woodchip or paper litter is most suitable. Wood chip litter is the most popular, but deciduous sawdust litter is recommended (coniferous sawdust emits toxic substances which can be dangerous for the pet). Paper litter made from cellulose fibre can also be an excellent choice. This type of litter is very soft and is very much liked by hamsters: paper litter can be used to make a cave or a soft bedding for the house. Hamster litter is not suitable for cats – if your pet tastes it, it could be very sad.

Can a hamster be bathed?

Bathing a hamster can be a difficult task because they are not particularly fond of water in general.
But it is necessary to do so from time to time, particularly if your hamster is particularly filthy or has gotten into something sticky.
The most effective method of bathing a hamster is to use a small container filled with lukewarm water.
You’ll also need a mild soap or shampoo that’s specifically formulated for small animals like rabbits.

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