Happy Hamsters

Are you looking for a tiny pet that is inexpensive, doesn’t take up much room, but is cute and fun? A hamster may be a great choice! Often chosen as children’s pets, hamsters are very adorable. They’re also quite gentle, and easy to care for. Read on as a local Marietta, GA vet offers tips on hamster care.

Cage

Making sure your pet is comfortable and happy in his home is very important. The exact size habitat you need will depend on what type of hamster you get, so check with your vet for specifics. Choose a tank with great ventilation. You’ll need to add a suitable substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine and cedar substrates, which are not safe for small animals.

Accessories

Hammie will need a hidey-hole, so he has somewhere to retreat to if he feels scared or just wants to nap. The little guy will also need a water bottle. You can offer food dishes, or just scatter your pet’s food on clean substrate.

Temperature

Hamsters must be kept at certain temperatures. Hammie’s cage should always be between 65 and 75 ℉. If your tiny buddy gets too cold, he may try to hibernate. This is very dangerous for pet hamsters, as they don’t know how to hibernate properly. Also, don’t put your hamster in direct sunlight, or too near a fireplace, vent, stereo, or TV.

Toys

Hamsters need lots of toys, including plenty of chew toys. If you give Hammie an exercise wheel, choose a solid one: wire wheels are dangerous. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items make great hamster toys. (Tip: the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls make great hamster toys!) Just avoid giving your cute pet anything with small pieces, sharp edges, or dangling threads or ropes. Items covered in decorative coating, such as varnish, paint, or glitter, are also unsafe.

Treats

Hammie is actually a bit of a glutton, and will stash tidbits for later, and then pretend he’s starving so you’ll feed him again. Don’t fall for your little furball’s theatrics! Obesity is just as dangerous for hamsters as it is for other pets, and it isn’t easy to put a hamster on a diet. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice, including portion sizes, safe and unsafe foods, and suitable snacks.

Please feel free to contact us, your Marietta, GA pet hospital, anytime. We’re here to help!