Give Your Pocket Pet a Spiffy Habitat

Your feisty new hamster George already loves his spacious apartment. With expert advice from your veterinarian from Sugar Land, you’ve created a spacious multilevel enclosure that gives George plenty of room. George can live large, enjoying separate areas for eating, playing, and sleeping. George even has a spot for his toilet activities. While a gerbil or pet rat would also appreciate this high-rise apartment, a guinea pig wouldn’t care, since these larger rodents live exclusively on the ground floor. Learn more about well-equipped pocket pet habitats.

Roomy Is Definitely Better

While George’s expansive glass aquarium provides a great habitat, a sturdy plastic enclosure would also work. A rectangular cage will be easier to clean than a specially designed habitat with hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

Give George some extra ventilation, and reduce urine-related ammonia fumes, by firmly fastening a mesh screen to one side of the cage. Forget about lightly attaching the screen to the enclosure, as George will regard that as a personal invitation to escape and take an extended vacation throughout your house.

The Best Household Furnishings

Since George instinctively gravitates to small spaces, he’ll love the small tubes and tunnels you place around his cage. George also needs a small hide box where he can get away from his adoring public. While you can find these cage furnishings at local pet stores and online retailers, George will appreciate cheap wrapping paper and paper towel rolls (but don’t allow George to chew them). Make a suitable hide box using your basic woodworking skills; or ask a skilled friend or family member to create one.

Size-Appropriate Exercise Wheel

George definitely needs a hamster-sized exercise wheel. If the wheel is too large, George can trap and injure his little feet. If the wheel is too small, George will receive limited benefit from using it.

Hygienic Bedding Is Essential

Since George is an active little hamster who stays busy all day, he just wants a pleasant, peaceful place to relax. Give George everything he needs to make a nice little nest. Provide your little rodent with plenty of paper-based bedding; although oak or aspen shavings can also work. Avoid cedar shavings, as they can cause respiratory problems for George. Prevent ammonia fumes buildup and mold growth by changing George’s bedding often. Store your spare bedding in heavy-duty containers in your house, as wild rodents would probably burrow into bedding stored in your shed or garage.

Now that George has a nicely outfitted pocket pet apartment, take him to your Sugar Land vet for an essential new patient exam. After all, you want George to stay healthy so he can get maximum enjoyment from his new pocket pet habitat.