The Ultimate Hamster Care Guide For First-Time Owners

So you have decided to bring a hamster to your home and are now looking for proper guidance on how to take care of your little furry friend. Well, we are here to help you with that. Hamsters make great pocket pets and are one of the most adorable pets you can ever have. But taking care of that little life will require much more than you expect. With that, choosing the right Hamster for your lifestyle and house requirements can also be a tricky task. 

Therefore, we will be helping you in both choosing the right hamster breed and letting you know how to take care of them in your everyday life. So, without any further ado, let’s jump into it.

Choosing The Right Hamster 

Before you choose a hamster for you, we would like to ensure you are mature enough to handle a hamster. Though hamsters are cute and cuddly pets, they are not suitable for elementary school-going kids. Also, as they can sometimes get nippy and require much attention, hamsters are unsuitable for tiny hands. But a mature hand who can take care of those babies and are committed to having the responsibilities is preferred to adopt a hamster. Also, keep in mind these tiny eyes stay awake at night to be the best companion for night owls. Moreover, hamsters can live only for 2 to 3 years, so those who are not committed to taking long responsibility can go for hamsters too. 

Hamster Care

There are a few different breeds of hamsters available in pet shops. Among them, the ideal breed for domestication is the Syrian Hamster. This small teddy bear-like hamsters are considered the friendliest option for families with a child. In addition, Syrian Hamsters will go easy with their human friends as they typically don’t nip. However, they don’t stay well in pairs. So if you buy a Syrian hamster pair, keep them separate. 

On the contrary, a dwarf, Chinese, or Russian Hamster can do well in pairs, only if they are littermates or mother and child. Also, these breeds are popular as friendly pets to their owners. So, you can choose any of these hamsters breeds for you or your teenage children. Now, let’s go to the hamster care guide. 

Basic Hamster Care Guides

Housing

Before you take home hamsters, you have to ensure a proper enclosure and environment for them. So, you will need a 450-square-inch cage with some required accessories. However, a wire or stainless steel cage with a solid floor will best suit the hamsters. And with that, you have to buy bedding, toys, a sand bath box, sleeping dens, a running wheel, and some dry mix to create a suitable environment.

For bedding, give them shredded paper, shredded tissue, wood shavings, and processed corn cob in deep layers where they can burrow. Also, avoid any scented bedding, which contains chemicals. It can cause respiratory issues. Moreover, clumping litter can cause digestive problems in your little hammy.

You should buy chew toys for their teeth and a large hamster wheel to keep your hamster happy and healthy. Adding tunnels and tubes will also be a great way to keep them active. Also, keep in mind that hamsters sleep in the daylight and are sensitive to any sound. So it will be best to keep the Hamster in a dark and quiet place where sunlight or sounds won’t bother them. Thus when they are awake at night to explore the surroundings, you can also have a sound sleep. 

Diet

Hamsters are omnivores. They eat plants, fruits, seeds, and insects in the wild. So our recommendation for a hamster diet is- pelleted rodent foods filled with 15-20% protein. You can also give seeds, especially the sunflower ones, in limited amounts. Furthermore, enrich the plate with fresh veggies and fruits like- broccoli, apples, pears, parsley, carrots, and turnips. Avoid any citrus fruit, onions, garlic, chives, leeks, lettuce, and raw potatoes as they can be harmful to their health. You can also give cereals, sugarless cheese, and scrambled eggs to your hamsters as tasty treats.

As their front teeth keep growing daily, a clean stick of fruitwood should be given to manage their growing teeth. And lastly, a water sipper should be provided for providing fresh water every day. 

Handling

Handling Hamster will take some time to onboard. When you bring those tiny friends home, everything is new to them. So, you have to give them a few days to become habituated to their new enclosure. Also, covering their cage with a light cloth will be better to avoid any distractions or anxiousness. And when they get habituated to the new environment, try to bond with them by giving them food and treats. Once they are comfortable with your presence, they will be happy to come close to you and walk on your hands. But when you pick them up, hold them gently by cupping them in your hands.

Hamster  handle

Cleaning 

Cleaning will be an essential part of your hamster care. Hamsters are fragile creatures and quickly get sick when kept in dirty areas. So, you have to be extra careful about cleaning their cage and changing their bedding to avoid any fungi or bacteria growth. Along with that, the bath sandbox should also be filled with clean bathing sand. And lastly, you have to clean the cage at least once a month with antibacterial soap. Thus, the cage will be bacteria-free, and your ham babies will stay healthy. 

Final Thoughts

So, this is the Basic Hamster Care Guide for Beginners that you should follow to have a healthy hamster companionship. We hope this article answers all your questions. If you have any further queries, feel free to drop them in the comment section.

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier is a New-York based freelance writer, professional blogger and certified dog trainer. She networks shelter pets to help them find homes and volunteers for rescue groups as she is passionate about dog rescue and adoption. From a very early age, she developed extensive animal handling skills from her dad, and that’s where her love for animals started.

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