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Hamster Care 101

Have you recently decided to adopt a pet hamster? Congratulations! Hammie may be small, but he’s got a big personality and is very cute. Read on as a local North Las Vegas, NV vet discusses basic hamster care.

Cage

A comfy cage is very important to your hamster’s health and well-being. You’ll need to get a cage that is at least 3 square feet, though bigger is better. Be sure to pick a cage with a solid floor, as wire floors can cause paw and tail injuries. Add a suitable substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine or cedar, which can be toxic to pets.

Food

Hammie can have commercial food for his main meals. There are generally two types available: seed mixes and pellets. Pellets are nutritionally complete, but may taste a bit bland. Seed mixes, on the other hand, offer your cute pet the chance to stash away his favorite bits for later, and then beg for more. You can also give your little buddy snacks, such as bits of cheese or egg. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Temperature

Hamsters need to stay within a certain temperature range. If Hammie gets too cold at night, he may try to hibernate. This is very dangerous for pet hamsters, as they don’t really know how to hibernate properly. Make sure your furry friend is in a room that always stays between 65 and 75 ℉. You don’t want your tiny furball to be lonely, so put him somewhere that he can see, hear, and interact with you, but isn’t the center of attention, like a family room.

Toys/Entertainment

Living in a cage can get dull, so make sure to offer Hammie lots of fun toys. Mazes and tunnels are always a big hit with the pocket pet crowd. You can also get your hamster an exercise wheel. Just be sure to choose a solid one: wire wheels are dangerous. Your adorable pet will also need lots of chew toys. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are fine, as long as they don’t have sharp edges or small parts and aren’t covered in varnish, glitter, or dye. (Tip: the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls make great chew toys.) Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about caring for your pet hamster? We can help! Contact us, your North Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, anytime!

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