Keeping Your Hamster Safe

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Getting a new pet can be quite an intimidating process. And if you own a hamster, you might find yourself a bit more troubled than an average pet owner. You might continuously find yourself asking the same question, where is my hamster? These furry, wriggly, notorious creatures are masters at escaping, and an average household becomes their battlefield as it is host to a gazillion hiding places. Even the plastic hamster balls, designed to give them exercise, are not spared. Finding split balls and an empty cage is not new to hamster owners. Besides a cage, owners have to make arrangements for hamster bedding, toys, and food. Then you need to be safe as no one likes to get bitten.


Safety tips

Following are some safety tips for keeping yourself and your hamster happy and healthy:


  • Place the wire cage in a dark, quiet part of the house to make your hamster comfortable.
  • Avoid exposing your hamster to drastic temperature changes.
  • Make sure your hamster is not in the close vicinity of cats, dogs, and other big animals as they can cause injuries to your hamster.
  • Don’t pair up hamsters of opposite sex or of different breeds. Otherwise, there would be constant fights.
  • Don’t use cedar or pine bedding as it can be toxic.

Buying a new cage and accessories

  • When buying a barred cage, make sure the bars are close enough or else your hamster will squeeze through them.
  • Buy toys that are safe. For example, don’t purchase rung wheels as your hamster’s feet can get caught in the rungs.
  • If the cage has an open top, make sure your hamster can’t escape.
  • Let the hamster play in a room under strict supervision. It will help work up its energy, keeping it healthy.

Feeding your hamster

  • Get food with no added sugar and 15% protein, which provides all the essential nutrients.
  • Do not give your hamster wood shavings or any sharp objects as they can bruise the lining of its mouth.
  • Check its water bottle daily to ensure that fresh water is available.

Playing with your hamster

  • Always wash your hands before and after playing with the hamster to avoid chances of infection.
  • Hand-tame the hamster so that it doesn’t bite you out of fear. Never grab it suddenly.
  • Ensure all clasps are secured after placing the hamster in the cage.
  • Get it checked by a vet on a routine basis.

By following these safety tips, you would be able to protect your hamster from all hazards and be a happy pet owner.

Syrian hamster

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Syrian hamster can be a fantastic companion. It is an adorable small pet that you can easily fall in love with. It has its origins in Syria, where British zoologist George Robert Waterhouse officially named it in 1839.


Some facts

Hamsters are nocturnal animals, which mean that they live during the night and sleep during the day. They have constantly growing teethes, which they need to grind from time to time. They have an ability to store huge amount of food in the cheeks. They can’t live with another hamster in the same cage, because they will fight to death. It is the most popular kind of hamster and also the biggest one. The size of these animals ranges from 5 to 7 in (13 to 18 cm) long. Syrians are bred in four coat types:  Shorthaired, Rex, Satin and Longhaired.


There are a lot of different recommendations relating to the minimum cage size. Generally speaking, the bigger you get, the better it will be for your hamster. Remember Syrians are the greatest representative of the hamsters, so they need the most space. The process of finding the best cage for your hamster is not easy, but I will try to make it a little bit simpler. There are three different types of cages: plastic, wire and aquarium. All have its pros and cons, but I actually prefer wire ones. They have good ventilation, they are relatively easy to clean and you can easily attach many accessories which your hamster will love to play with. Because Syrians are so big you don’t need to worry too much about gaps between the bars, you can take anything which has spacing ½” or smaller.

Eating habits

Hamsters are an omnivorous animal which means that you have to be much more careful what you give him than usual. The safest way to not make any mistake is to buy hamster mix from a pet shop. However, if you want to pamper your hamster from time to time you can give him a small piece of an apple or carrot. Try to avoid everything what is sharp, it can hurt your hamster cheek pouches. Make sure that all the food you give your hamster is fresh and its gone be fine.

How to gain your hamster trust

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Hamster can be a perfect choice for a kid’s first pet. They are pretty, easy to handle and quite cheap animals. However, hamsters on default aren’t that friendly. If they feel in danger, they are capable of biting. Don’t worry though, if you put enough time and patience your hamster will learn that you are not a predator, but his best friend. As it is with all other species, it is much easier to train and domesticate your hamster when he is young. Older hamster, especially if someone before you didn’t treat him nice, maybe not that easy to accept you.


  1. Let your hamster accommodate to the new situation.

Moving from one place to another is a stressful situation for a hamster. The best thing you can do to minimize this unpleasant feeling is to leave him alone for a couple of days. Don’t put your hands into the cage, don’t stick your fingers through the bars, don’t talk to him, just let him rest. During this time he will get familiar with his new surroundings. You need also to make sure that you bought the best cage for your hamster. What does it mean? Basically, “the best” means the largest, but definitely not the highest. You want to get the largest floor space you can afford. Hamsters which live under natural conditions live in the huge, flat areas, so they are used to that.

  1. First holding.

Most important thing: you can put your hand into the cage, but only when the hamster is awake, otherwise you can accidently scare him and he can bite you. You need to make this process slowly, remember that hamsters don’t have good eyes, so they rely mostly on their smell. Before you even touch him, you should get used your hamster to the smell of your hand. When your hamster starts to feel comfortable with your hand, he should climb in your hand himself.

  1. Repeat everything: put time and patience.

Repeating a second step should speed up whole taming process. Don’t give up, even if in your case it looks harder than you expected. It will take time to acclimate your hamster, but they are beautiful small rodents, so it is well worth it.