Hamster Care Tips

Hamster Care Tips

Are you looking for a small pet that is easy to care for, but lots of fun to watch? A hamster may be a good choice. These little guys may be tiny, but they’re quite adorable, and often have very charming personalities. Read on as a Clio, MI vet offers some hamster care tips.

Choosing The Cage

Hammie will spend lots of time in his cage, so it’s important to make sure he feels safe and comfortable. Your pet’s minimum cage size requirements will depend on his breed, but we recommend getting one that is at least 360 square inches. Add a safe, suitable substrate, such as aspen. (Note: don’t use pine or cedar substrates, as they aren’t safe for small animals.) Your tiny furball will also need a hidey-hole and a water bottle.

Setup

There are some things to keep in mind when picking the spot for Hammie’s cage. You don’t want to put a hamster in direct sunlight, or too close to a heater or vent. If you have dogs or cats, don’t put your hamster’s cage at floor level. The little guy will be terrified with Fluffy and Fido staring into his cage! Some hamsters are nocturnal, so you may not want to put your furry buddy in a bedroom.

Feeding

Hamsters can have commercial hamster food for their main meals. You’ll want to supplement this with fresh produce and, of course, the occasional snack. Ask your vet for specific advice, including serving sizes, feeding times, and safe and unsafe foods. Keep in mind that Hammie is very, very fond of food. Given the chance, your pet will stash his favorite snacks for later, and then beg for more. (Believe it or not, Hammie can be quite theatrical when it comes to convincing people he’s hungry.) Don’t let your tiny furball convince you to overfeed him!

Playtime

Keep your hamster entertained and amused with lots of fun toys. Hamsters love exploring mazes and tunnels. Hammie may also like an exercise wheel! Just be sure to choose a solid wheel, as wire ones can cause paw and tail injuries. You’ll also need to offer your pint-sized pal lots of suitable chew toys, such as wood, wicker, and cardboard items. Ask your vet for more information.

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