So you've decided to get a hamster? Excellant!
First lets look at a checklist of things you're gonna need for this little bundle of fur! A cage!
This will be where your furry friend will live for most of his or her life, The bigger the better, there are many types of cages, wire, plastic ones with tubes, allsorts!
When choosing a cage its always a case of the bigger the better.Your hamster wants to have many things to do and climb, so multi level cages are best,Cages which have tubes and Add ons can be fun for you and the hamster too, but keep in mind on how well the tubes connect, faulty tubes can lead to lost hamsters!
What your hamster will walk and sleep on.
To line the bottom of your cage, most owners generally use sawdust, sawdust is best purchased from your local pet shop, becuase other sawdusts can contain too much dust which can be breathed in by your hamster-not good.
If your hamster is a long haired, you may find the saw dust tangles in his fur, causing matting. Bedding which consists of what looks like shredded jay cloth, i'll warn you now...it gets everywhere! but may help prevent matting.
Sleeping bedding is nice for hamsters to sleep in as well, there are many sorts, fluff, paper shreds or cloth. it doesn't matter what you choose for your hamster unless she is due to give birth, when paper/tissue shreds are best, so babies do not tangle in the cotton fluff. you can use kitchen towel for bedding for your hamster, but toilet roll is not good, becuase it may get stuck in their pouches.
Anything you can put in your cage to make things more interesting, houses to sleep in, things to chew on- good for teeth, toys, tubes, loo rolls, Wheels- these play a important part in a hamsters life for exercise.You will also need a hamster water bottle and food bowl too
A running ball is an important toy for a hamster, so he can really stretch his legs and run around..watch those stairs though!
In the pet shop you buy your hamster they'll advise you to which you hamster has been fed on, they say its so it doesn't upset his diet, but most foods are the same anyway,its always good to give your hamster vegetables, and keep treats to a minimum unless they are natural ones like nuts, my hamsters love Hazelnuts, monkey nuts and chestnuts.(see below)
Set up your cage before you go,to minimise stress now you're all set, time to pop down to your local pet store/breeder and choose your fluffy bundle! :-D
Preparing for your new hamster
Buying your hamster and what to look for
handling your new hamster successfully
why he acts like that
breeding your hamster
caring for pups
Finding lost hamsters
sexing your hamster
webrings and sites
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