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Keeping A Hamster Happy

January 15, 2022

Have you recently adopted a hamster? These cute little pets are very popular with kids, but they’re also a good option for people who don’t have a lot of space or time. Hammie is a pretty low-maintenance pet, but he does need great TLC. What does it take to spoil a hamster? A Virginia Beach, VA vet goes over the basics in this article.


Hammie will need a good cage with a solid bottom. Make sure it’s well-ventilated! You may find it best to get a multi-level cage, to give your pet more room. Your furry friend will also need some sort of hide. You can use plant pots, igloos, or small boxes for this. For bedding, aspen or a cellulose product is fine. Avoid pine and cedar, as they are toxic to small animals.


The type of hamster you get will determine whether he can have roommates or not. Syrian hamsters should always be kept by themselves. Dwarf hamsters, however, can live in pairs. Be sure to only house same-sex hamsters together!


Hamsters are quite active! Hammie will enjoy having an exercise wheel. Choose a solid one: the wire ones aren’t safe. You’ll also want to offer your cute pet mazes and tunnels to explore.


Hammie will do well on a commercial hamster food, supplemented with small bits of safe produce, such as lettuce, carrots, and spinach. For treats, you can offer small bits of egg or cheese, cooked chicken, or even a dog biscuit. Don’t let your pint-sized pal have onions, chocolate, garlic, candy, avocado, or raw beans. It’s worth pointing out that hamsters are notorious for stashing food, and then begging for more. Don’t fall for those theatrics! Ask your vet for more information.


Don’t try to handle Hammie until he’s settled in. Just let him get used to you first. Avoid scooping him up from behind or when he’s sleeping. That will just scare your tiny buddy!


Keep an eye out for signs of sickness. These include dull fur, weight loss, watery eyes, respiratory issues, trembling, and diarrhea. Hammie can catch colds from people, so don’t touch the little guy if you are sick. Call your vet right away if you see anything unusual.

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