Hamster Care Tips

Have you recently adopted a hamster? Congratulations! Hamsters are very cute and fun little pets. Read on as a local Sugar Land, TX vet discusses keeping Hammy happy and healthy.

Home Sweet Home

Make sure Hammie has a clean, comfortable cage. The exact size of cage Hammie needs will depend on his breed, but we generally recommend getting one that is at least 3 square feet. Make sure the cage offers good ventilation. For accessories, your tiny pal will need a hidey-hole, a water bottle, dishes, and some toys. You’ll also need to add substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine and cedar substrates, as they aren’t safe for hamsters. Your hamster will also appreciate an exercise wheel. Choose a solid one, as wire wheels can be dangerous. Ask your vet for more information.

Food

Like many of our furry friends, hamsters really, really like food. You have to be careful with Hammie, because he has a habit of stashing treats for later, and then begging for more. Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations, including safe and unsafe foods, serving sizes, and snacks.

Choosing Hammie’s Spot

Hammie will need to be in a spot that always stays within a specific temperature range. Don’t put your pet anywhere that gets colder than 65 or warmer than 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Choose a place that isn’t in direct sunlight, or near an air duct, fireplace, heater, or heating vent. Your tiny buddy will be happiest if he can see and hear you, but isn’t in the center of traffic.

Toys

Offer Hammie lots of fun playthings, particularly chew toys. You can upcycle many wood, wicker, cardboard, or paper items into suitable playthings. Just be sure not to give the little guy anything covered in paint, varnish, glitter or dye. Items with sharp edges, dangling threads, or small parts are also on the no-no list.

Playtime

Handle and play with your hamster regularly. We recommend sitting or kneeling on the floor when you are holding your hamster. That way, if Hammie jumps or you accidentally drop him, he won’t fall far. Never pick up your pint-sized pal from behind, or when he is sleeping. As one can imagine, this can be pretty scary for a little furball!

Do you have questions about caring for your pocket pet? Call us! As your local Sugar Land, TX animal clinic, we are here to help!