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Basic Care

Hamster Basic Care

A hamster is a very common and popular pet. There are many different kinds of hamsters, and they are available for private or commercialpet.

Hamsters are typically named after the Chinese term for mouse, which is lúsháng. Like its human namesake, it is small and stubby with quick legs.

They are typically white with some black or brown markings, though most look more grey than brown. They can be large or small, short or long!

They are commonly known as the China mouse because of its long hair style and shape. It is usually decorated in some shape of pattern or texture.

Clean food

When your hamster is eating, you can save some effort by cleaning its food. You can do this by putting it in a hamster food dish or kitchen scale.

This helps it get more nutrition and taste when it eats! By washing the food, you are giving it more nutrients in its diet and making it feel better when it eats.

Some foods are harder to clean than others. If your hamster is having trouble keeping its diet, try changing up what you are feeding it. Some foods may be cleaner than others, just based on your hamster’s needs.

If your hamster is not showing any signs of illness, then there is probably no need to change up the food routine. Simply make sure to keep track of what your hamster is eating.

Clean water

Hamster Basic Care

You can give your hamster a clean environment in which to live. You can buy a hamster housing or purchase a hamster room. The housing allows you to put your hamster in its own cage and provides plenty of water, food, and shelter.

The best way to provide water is to place a small dish filled with water in the housing. The housing should be covered at all times to prevent it from being wetted or urinated on.

To give your hamster food, make sure it has enough space. A large area may not be necessary, as some foods may be too rich for poor digestion. As with water, make sure the food is covered so it does not get wetted or urinated on.

To keep your hamster safe, try usingwrap-around cages instead of single ones.

Hamster wheel

Hamster Basic Care

When hamsters need to get out of the cage, the easiest way is to wheel them. Hamsters will also roll under a dish or rim if they need to wee.

How to teach your hamster how to wheel is by going through the process of getting on its wheel, rolling about, and then letting it walk free. This takes a few tries, but eventually it will get its wheel and walk!

The trick is letting it have enough time on its own before picking up the wheel again. Once you have managed this, then you can begin teaching it how to roll under the dish or whatever else needs to be done.

Try not guide or patronize your hamster until after it has had a couple of chances at getting free! It will only learn if you do this wrong.


Hamster Basic Care

If you have a hamster that is not getting enough sleep, then it is time to set its bedding routine into place. This means laying a charge in the hamster’s cage at night and arranging its bedding in the morning.

When your hamster wakes up in the morning, it needs to be let out and back in its cage to arrange its bedding. This goes for all types of hamsters, not just the wheeler ones.

To make sure your hamster gets enough nutrients and water, you should put in at least two days of intense bed-time routine. Make sure to keep an eye on your hamster during this time to make sure it is sleeping well.

If you have other pets with you, make sure to keep the same standards for your hamsters when it comes to care. Hamsters are very social animals, so keeping a crew of friends who also take care of them is helpful.


Hamster Basic Care

If your hamster has a favorite toy, it is time to get creative. You can build their confidence by introducing them new toys and areas they like to play with.

Hamsters are very curious creatures. If they do not get some fun playtime, they may stop interacting with you. Getting into a game of fetch is a good way for them to enjoy playing.

Making up games or games that have clear rules can be fun too. For example, if you know your hamster likes rollyrolly toys, try creating a site or site of these and putting them in a container.
A good rule of thumb is to keep toys at a maximum of two weeks before sending them on their way.

Handle with care

Hamster Basic Care

Hamsters are curious and willing to try almost anything. If it is tasty or fun!

Hamsters do not like sweet things or things that are sticky, so be careful when handling them. You can use your hands or special tools to help you care for your hamster.

Hamsters will climb places with lots of vertical movement, so make sure to place something sturdy on the ground to prevent mishaps. To handle your hamster, you must provide a water bottle, food dish, and a place to lie.

A safe place to lay your hamster is in a nest or in an enriched environment such as with other hamsters. It is important to give these elements in proper order for your hamster to find them.

When caring for a hamster, keep it basic: water/food/nest/environment.

Veterinary visit

Hamster Basic Care

When your hamster needs to have surgery, its best to be prepared. Having a veterinary visit done is inexpensive and useful for most pets.

Having the pet at the veterinarian’s facility is helpful as they can handle many different aspects of pet care. The vet can give you instructions on how to care for your hamster and also provide supplies and medications needed for its health care.

Some supplies the vet may recommend is antibiotics, an anti-inflammation medication, a breathing aid, a pin/tuberculin reagent, a LDH (leukocyte count) test, a pH level monitor, a tracheostomy kit, and x-rays or photographs of the area.

The surgeon may suggest having the surgery at home instead of at the vet’s clinic due to personal resources being low at home.

Know the signs of illness

Hamster Basic Care

An adult hamster can have a very healthy life if she is given enough space to Activities. You know when she needs to be out of the house due to illness or injury? When she gets scared or stressed, she will typically perform a wheel rolling action to get you to come pet her.

That is what helped her feel secure enough to engage in some activities. She needed her time to recover from that activity or her injuries had healed.

A common illness seen in hamsters is worms. This can be an early warning sign of something bigger coming. If you see it, it, take it to the vet immediately!

Another health problem that hamsters can have is coat missing. This happens when the hamster loses weight and some of the skin falls off in big chunks. The vet can use a scope or saw to remove this if necessary.