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.
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.