For a home for hamsters, think big. They’ll be delighted with the largest cage you can find. As well as plenty of room to run around in, the cage should have multi-levels or separate compartments (except for dwarfs kept in groups). Every hamster is an explorer at heart.
It's important to handle your hamster from an early age so they get used to socialising.
Creating a comfortable environment for your hamster is easy. Cover the entire cage floor with non-scented wood shavings. Then put ink-free, soft shredded paper on top – it’s comfy and good for nesting. Avoid man-made materials as they can cause blockages in the gut if ingested. Avoid straw – the sharp edges can pierce your hamster’s delicate cheek pouches.
Your pet will want to set up a toilet area, a nesting area, an eating area, and a large 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.
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. Remember that hamsters have extremely sensitive hearing, so site the cage away from the TV, loudspeakers and household appliances.
Hamsters are crepuscular which means they are more active at twilight and they sleep during the day.
Male hamsters are called boars.
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