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The cost of a hamster

Please note: this is only an estimate using approximate prices. Cost will vary depending on the individual hamster. It is only intended to be a guide.

Initial costs

Female hamster, around £7

Male, around £6







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Cage, around £30

Big bale of shavings, around £8

Large sack of paper bedding, around £6

Dried food, around £4

Salt lick, around 50p

Water bottle, about £2

Food bowl, about £2

Toys, around £10 for several

Maximum total = £69.50

Monthly cost

Dried food, around £4

Greens, variable but around £5

Total = £14

Yearly cost

Dried food, (£4 x 8) = £32

Greens, (£5 x 12) = £60

Shavings, (1 x £8) = £8

Paper bedding, (1 x £6) = £6

Vet bills, depending on the individual, so count as an excess on total.

Total = £106

So, in the first year of purchase, it may cost in the region of (£69.50 +106) = £175.50

From these estimations, you may well spend up to £600 on your hamster if it lives for five years, plus any vet bills.

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