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    Looking After Hamsters

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Pets are wonderful things to have as they give us companionship and are usually extremely cute. Looking after hamsters is not too difficult and it is a good way to teach your child basic responsibility. Hamsters are lovely little rodents and usually have an affectionate nature. If you handle your hamster often then you should have a friendly pet. Knowing the best way of caring for hamsters should give you a happy and healthy animal.
     

    Caring For Hamsters


    Living Space


    • You should buy a secure cage with vertical bars so your hamster can’t climb up onto the roof and fall.

    • Place some bedding in the bottom of the cage and have a little hamster house so he can sleep and hide away.

    • Having little ladders and play things in the cage also make your hamsters time more fun. Adding a wheel onto the side of the cage is important as it can exercise.

    • You must clean the cage by removing old bedding and replacing it with fresh chippings.

    • Keep the food bowl and water bottle clean and fresh.


    Hamster Food


    • Fill a bowl with hamster food and keep the bowl full. Hamsters won’t overeat but like to sit on their food to hide it.

    • Use a water bottle mounted on the side of the cage so he always has a fresh water supply.


    Handling Hamsters


    • You should handle hamsters gently and often.

    • If you do not hold your hamster regularly then he will become more aggressive when approached.


    Hamster Bath


    • Never give your hamster a bath.

    • Dust baths are good and you can purchase these in pet shops. Place your hamster in the bowl and he will dust himself off.


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