How to Take Care of a Hamster for Beginners

Hamsters are tiny in size, and from their size, it is very easy to assume that they may be very easy to take care of. That may be the case for people who have gotten used to taking care of these creatures. For people who are just starting off taking care of hamsters, it may take a significant amount of time for you to learn the ropes and techniques you must understand before you will be ready to take care of your hamster properly. Doing some research is very important.

Habitat

Space where you will be keeping your hamster, is quite important because they will be residing in this area for most of their time. You will need to make a choice that is comfortable for them and something which is also convenient for you in terms of cleaning out. Cleanliness is essential when it comes to taking care of a pet. Your pet’s environment can not be sloppy and left alone, or you are risking your pet’s health. Remember that the creature is your responsibility now, and space not be left ignored.

Location

When it comes to where exactly you are, keeping your pet’s home is also very important. It can not be somewhere that lacks sunlight, and it should be at a spot where the hamster will be receiving enough air and wind. It will need enough sunlight so that the hamster will feel it, and the wind should be enough for the hamster not to be suffocated. The hamster’s house should not be kept in a location where it might feel overwhelmed by things and objects, but it should be somewhere where the hamster is close to the hustle and bustle of your home.

Covering

It is essential to keep the house covered for the first few days when you bring the hamster home. This is not to give the hamster too many distractions. It will need human interaction to some extent, but, at the very beginning, you may need to give the hamster its space. It would help if you let it adjust to the surroundings; you may need to put a light cover over the cage or whatever another home you may be used to protect from the home’s sudden change and relatively harsh environments.

Picking Them Up

These fluffy and furry creatures are so cute that you sometimes can not resist but pick them up. You may want to hold them in your hand and protect them from all that is impure, but you have to remember that an animal is a creature that may not be able to adapt to its surroundings almost instantly, let alone the human touch. Humans should not touch the hamster until they are sure that the animal is comfortable, and even then, there is a specific way to hold the animal to make sure it is safe in your embrace.

Feeding

Hamsters are animals that do not need much. You will not have to feed them meat or cook anything, which may be the case for many other pets. These creatures can survive on raw vegetables and water. Vegetables like peas, carrots, and even celery are very good for the hamsters’ immune system, and they can help the hamsters stay healthy and keep them active for longer periods of time. One thing that you can do is switch things up. You can feed them broccoli and cucumbers on some occasions and apples and pears on other days, to give your little hamster an all-rounded and healthy diet.

Out of Habitat Time

Out of habitat, time can be very important for hamsters to stay active and healthy. You can not expect them to survive healthily in the confines of its cage. It will most desperately need time in actual nature and running around on actual grass or ground. This will give the hamsters a change in surroundings and give them the energy and better vibe that they need to stay happy and content with their life as a pet.

Cleanliness

Cleanliness is essential when it comes to a hamster’s cage. A hamster cage can easily get very smelly if left idle and not tended to. The excreted material of a hamster smells quite bad. Without any removal system, very soon, the hamster’s home will become quite unlivable, and the hamster will not feel comfortable living in that sort of environment. This is why it is important to keep the hamster cage clean at all times. You will need to clean the toilet area out daily. Clean out the litter box and replace it with a new litter.

If the bedding is wet or soiled at any point of time, be sure to change it and make sure that the area where the hamster sleeps is dry and fresh; otherwise, there is a chance of the hamster getting quite sick.

You have to wipe out their food dish weekly. You have to clean it to make sure germs and such do not contaminate the food. You will need to place all new bedding for the hamster weekly and empty their entire habitat at least once a week or at the most one in two weeks. Without these precautions, you are risking illness for your hamster. 

It is also important to get the hamster vaccinated and healthy for the animal and yourself.

Conclusion

It is always best to do the right research if you are planning to adopt or purchase a pet. In the case of a hamster, it is always better to do maximum research so every action you take can be from an informed decision, and it will make sure that the health and safety of the precious and living animals are never at stake. Hamsters are a wonderful pet to have around if cared for the right way.

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