Hamsters

Housing

For a home for hamsters, think big. They’ll be delighted with the largest cage you can find. But it has to be one specially designed for the breeds. As well as plenty of room to run around in, the cage should have multi-levels or separate compartments. Every hamster is an explorer at heart.

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Creating a comfortable environment for your hamster is easy. Cover the entire cage floor with wood shavings. Then put shredded paper on top – it’s comfy and good for nesting. Don’t use cedar or pine shavings, they can cause allergic reactions. Don’t use man-made materials. And don’t use straw – the sharp edges can pierce your hamsters’ delicate cheek pouches.

Your pet will want to set up a toilet area, a nesting area, an eating area, and a play area, so your cage will need to be big enough to accommodate all of this. It’s important to keep the cage hygienic, so clean it thoroughly once a week. But clean the toilet area more often. One must have standards.

Outside is a no-go area for hamsters. Inside, location is a bit of a balancing act. A constant temperature is what you’re aiming for: avoid direct sunlight, draughts and radiators. In very cold weather, provide more bedding or move the cage somewhere warmer. At temperatures below 10%C, your pet may hibernate, becoming very still. Don’t panic. You can warm him up gently by holding him in your hands.

Finally, remember that hamsters have extremely sensitive hearing. So site the cage away from the TV, loudspeakers and household appliances. Silence is golden.

Did you know?

Hamsters are nocturnal which means they are more active at night and they sleep during the day.

Did you know?

Male hamsters are called boars.

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It's important to handle your hamster from an early age so they get used to socialising.

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If you have a question, please email us or call us on 0800 413 969. Our dedicated consumer care team are available to answer any questions you may have. If you are concerned about the immediate health of your pet, please seek the advice of your vet as soon as possible.

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