One of the first pets that many children adopt before getting a dog or cat is a hamster. These small pets can be a great learning experience for children old enough to take care of them. But before you run out to the pet shop you are going to need to know a few things about hamsters. Below is a helpful list of information that will help you get prepared to bring a new hamster into your home.
Ten things you should know about hamsters
1. Choose the right bedding. Make sure to choose the right bedding for your hamster. Avoid using cedar and pine bedding because they can cause liver damage and other serious health relate issues. Instead, use only a bedding that’s approved for a hamster.
2. Beware of the bite. The truth is hamster can and will bite. This is just part of being a hamster owner. But you can reduce the chances of getting bitten by carefully handling your new pet. By handling them each and every day it will also help them get used to you.
3. Get their cage ready before you buy them. Getting your hamster a place to call home before you bring them home just makes sense. Make sure you pick a cage that is approved for a hamster and one that will give them plenty of exercises.
4. They sleep during the day. Hamsters by nature are nocturnal creatures. This means that when you are sleeping they are going to be awake playing. This is why you never want to keep your hamster in the bedroom. You will be awake all night while the hamster is conducting its nightly business. On the other hand, if you disturb a hamster during the day you can cause them serious health problems.
5. Hamsters love toys. Hamsters love to exercise and giving them plenty of toys will make them very happy. You might want to consider getting a hamster ball so that your furry little friend can run around outside of its cage without getting hurt.
6. Hamster teeth never stop growing. When it comes to hamster teeth you will want to pay close attention to their growth. Normally, their teeth grind down naturally. Make sure to give your pet plenty of things to chew on. If you notice your hamster teeth getting longer, you will need to take them to a veterinarian to have it trimmed.
7. Give them plenty of healthy treats. Veggies like apple slices, carrots and cucumbers make great snacks for a hamster. Also, make sure to give them plenty of fresh water to drink. This will help keep your pet happy and healthy for many months to come.
8. Find a vet that specialize in small animals. Not all vets know how to treat hamsters. So before you choose a hamster for a pet, make sure to find a vet that can treat them.
9. Know that hamsters only live a few years. One of the downsides to owning a hamster is that they normally only live a few years. The death of a pet hamster can be very hard on small children.
10. Only one hamster per cage. Hamsters like to be alone most of the time. So make sure that if you own more than one put them in separate cages.