One of the most popular animals purchased for younger children is hamsters. These cute little creatures make great first pets because they can be kept in a small space and you don’t have to walk them like you do a dog. But owning a hamster comes with different responsibilities that will teach any kid about responsibility. Before you purchase a hamster for your child, there are some things that you are going to need. Below is a list of items that will help make your new pet comfortable and safe.
When choosing a new home for your new pet make sure that you get one large enough for them to run around. Hamsters are small but they still need enough space to get exercise which will keep them healthy for life. Many big box stores have hamster approve cages that have tunnels, hiding places and wheels built right into the cage. These are great and a lot more fun for your hamster than your basic cage.
Bedding is a very important part of a hamster environment. This material will help keep your hamster cage clean by trapping waste and allow you to remove it and replace it with a new one. You will need to clean your hamster’s cage on a daily basis so make sure you always have a fresh supply of bedding. When choosing a bedding for your hamster, make sure that it says “safe for use in hamster cages”. Some bedding products such as cedar can cause serious health issues for hamsters and should be avoided at all cost. For more information on cedar bedding health risks please visit http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/guineapigs/a/woodshavings.htm.
Keeping your hamster hydrated is a must. Hamster water bottles that are self-feeding are the way to go. You can fill these bottles up at the start of the day and it will keep your pet hydrated 24 hours a day. But remember when placing the bottle on the side of the cage to make sure to place it low enough for the hamster. If placed too high, it might be too hard for your hamster to reach it.
Choosing a food bowl for your hamster will depend on the size of your pet. The larger the breed the bigger the bowl that you will need. If you have two or more hamsters, you will need separate food bowls to prevent the animals from fighting.
Hamster simply love to eat! Night and day hamster will munch on their food so you will need to keep plenty around. A proper hamster mix can be purchased at your local pet shop. But you will also want to feed your pet a mix of veggies and fruits. Make sure to always wash veggies and fruits to keep your animal healthy. Also, to remove any harmful pesticides. Another good idea is to buy only organically grown fruits and vegetables.