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Read this before deciding to become a hamster owner

Owning a pet is a great responsibility, no matter the size or the breed. Apart from constant pampering and love, a pet requires fresh water, nutritious food, lighting, toys, and a comfortable bedding the minimum. With hamsters is, even more, trickier as they are quite demanding pets.

So, if you decided to expand your family with a new rodent member and opted for a hamster, here are some things you need to know prior to adopting or buying a hamster.

Love and pampering

Hamsters are extremely affectionate pets, so they will require plenty of your spare time, love, and devotion. However, it can be a little bit hard until they trust their new owners, so make sure to give them plenty of time to accommodate. It is best to let them come to you and not force an immediate bond. Once they will feel safe and will recognize your smell, they will come for constant pampering and affection.

Another thing to take into account is that hamsters love companions. They are not solitary creatures, so it would be best to purchase at least a pair, and not a single individual. If you cannot afford to buy a second hamster, at least make sure the one you own receives all your love and devotion.

 

Bedding

The first thing you need to consider is buying a house for your new pet. Finding the best cage for a hamster could prove quite tricky, especially since there are so many good options on the market. Consider your hamster’s size and also add plenty of time for physical activities. Attach a running wheel or purchase a cage with several levels, tunnels, and things to keep your hamster’s interest alive.

Bear in mind that hamsters get easily bored, so they will need constant challenges. In addition, they can become overweight because of their eating habits, so make sure your pet has at least a few exercise toys to keep it fit.

Other things to consider

Hamsters are mainly nocturnal creatures, meaning they will be active during the night. Thus, I wouldn’t suggest keeping the hamster’s cage into your kid’s room, even though it is technically their pet. However, if you want to create a special bond between your child and the hamster, make sure its cage stays in a darker corner of the room, away from direct sunlight and in the opposite corner of your kid’s bed. This way, the noise made from the hamster wheel and all additional toys will not keep your child awake during the night.

Also, keep an eye on your pet’s diet. Feed your hamster fresh fruits and veggies on a regular basis and don’t keep wet food in the cage for more than two days.