Hamsters are loved by many people for their cuteness and small size. But, there is more to hamsters than just their size and appearance. Hamsters are one of the most popular choices for small pets and do make a great pet choice. While they can be wonderful, caring pets; you need to know what it is that makes a hamster great or not so great as a pet choice before deciding if getting a hamster is the right choice for you. Here are some things you need to know about hamsters before deciding on owning one as a pet:
There are several species of hamsters that vary greatly in appearance and temperament. Two common species that often find their way into homes as pets include Syrian hamsters and dwarf hamsters, which includes all species of Roborovski, Chinese and Russian Campbells Dwarf hamsters. While there are other species of hamsters, such as the Golden Hamster and Black Bear hamsters; these species are less common in homes.
Know The Temperament Of Your Hamster
Syrian hamsters are generally more aggressive than dwarf hamsters, but even within the dwarf category, there can be great differences in temperament between individual hamsters of the same breed. While Syrian hammies are known for being very outgoing and friendly, certain breeds of dwarf hamsters can also be very friendly with their human handlers. Also, do not assume that just because a type or breed of hamster is supposed to have a certain temperament that you will automatically get one with that temperament. This is why it’s so important to get all the facts about individual breeds before deciding on getting one as a pet.
Care For Your Hamster Properly
Be sure to learn what kind of care your type or breed of hamster needs in order to be healthy and happy. Among other things, this will include learning how often you need to clean the cage out, what kinds of food are right for it, and so on. Not all hamsters are created equal when it comes to their needs. Getting a pet without knowing these basics is not only unfair but also dangerous for the hamster’s health and well-being.
Do Your Research Before Buying A Hamster
As A Pet Before getting a new pet, be sure that you find out everything you can about them first. The more information you have; the better equipped you will be at taking care of the new pet properly and giving it a good home.
What size cage should I get?
As for what size of cage to get; that will depend upon the number and type of hamsters you own as well as your available space. Some people recommend getting a cage that is at least 8 gallons for one hamster, but bigger is always better when it comes to owning pets. If you can fit more than one hammer in a given area, then this will be fine—but if not, then you have two options: either get another fully-sized cage or divide up the space into smaller habitats for multiple hamsters instead. Even if your only option is to place them all into one larger habitat, that’s fine too so long as you clean it often.
What should I feed my hamster?
Hamsters are similar to humans in that they need a balanced diet that consists of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. There are certain specially-formulated foods for hamsters but good human-grade food will also do the trick. Just make sure not to give too much or else your pet may become obese or at risk for diabetes. Additionally, be sure that you have fresh water available at all times for your pet as well as place some small edible treats inside the cage from time to time as an extra bonus as long as they’re healthy choices.
Should I get more than one hammie?
Hamsters – especially dwarf hamsters – are a solitary species and do not usually get along with others of their own kind. Although some breeds can live together, most will attack each other if they meet under any circumstances. On the other hand, Syrian hammies are very social and should always be kept in pairs for their own sake.
Here is what you need to know if you plan to get a pet hamster
1. Not Just Any Kind Of Hamster Will Do! There Are Different Species And They Have Very Different Needs And Temperaments.
The most common species of hamsters kept as pets are Syrian or Golden Hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus). The second most popular variety is the Dwarf Campbell Russian Hamster (Phodopus campbelli), which has a shorter tail in comparison to its body length compared to “goldies”. Sometimes Syrians are also known as “teddy bear hamsters”, “black-eyed Susans”, and/or “Russian black bears”.
Hamsters come in various different breeds that have very different needs and temperaments; therefore, you should know what kind of hamster you’re getting before actually taking one home. You need to research your breed’s needs in order to best provide for them when bringing a new pet into your family. Among other things, this will include knowing what kind of food is best for it, how often you need to clean out the habitat, and so on.
2. Not All Hamsters Are Created Equal! Be Sure You Know What You’re Getting Before You Get One
If you get a hamster without researching its specific needs beforehand, then that’s just asking for trouble. Getting a pet without knowing these basics is not only unfair but also dangerous for the hamster’s health and well-being.
3. Always Spay Or Neuter Your Pet Hamsters To Keep Them Healthy And Safe
Spaying or neutering your pet—or “altering”, as it is sometimes called—can make a huge difference in terms of how happy they are while living with you and can also help keep them healthy for a longer lifespan as well.
*Please note that this is not the same as “desexing”, which means to remove the sex organs entirely from an animal.
4. Hamsters Are Easy To Take Care Of But Be Sure You Can Provide Them With Everything They Need
Hamsters are considered “easy” pets due to their small size and low-maintenance requirements, but they certainly do have some needs you need to be able to fulfill before getting one. These include having fresh water available at all times, feeding them a balanced diet with proper vitamins and minerals, cleaning out their habitat on a regular basis (about weekly), giving them toys to play with, etc
5. Know The Health Issues They Are Prone To!
Hamsters are prone to various health issues, some of which may prove to be fatal without proper treatment.
6. Have An Emergency Hamster Care Kit Ready
When you bring your hamster home, don’t forget to prepare an emergency care kit that will have everything they need in case of any kind of medical emergency or accident.
7. Be Sure You Know How Best To Interact With Your Hamster And Keep Them Happy
Hamsters enjoy having toys and activities available in their cage during the day while you’re away at work. Also giving them lots of time outside their habitat for playtime is another way to make sure they stay happy and healthy during their time with you as part of your family.
8. Don’t Let Them Get Bored
A hamster that is kept in a cage without enough things to do or places to explore will quickly become bored and unhappy, sometimes leading them to try to escape as a means of getting more exercise and exploring their surroundings. Always make sure they have plenty of toys available for playtime outside the cage as well as new supplies regularly so they can always have new things to explore and investigate whenever you let them out.
9. Make Sure You Keep Them Safe From Other Pets And Children In The Home While Still Keeping A Watchful Eye On Both To Prevent Accidents
Hamsters are small and cute, which may make children want to pick them up or carry them around. However, this can result in a very unhappy hamster who will bite if handled without the owner’s permission. In addition, other pets—such as dogs, cats, or reptiles—may view your hamster as prey and it won’t take long for the inevitable to happen if they’re not quickly separated from one another when you’re not around.
10 . There Is No “One Size Fits All” Hamsters! Different Breeds Of Hamsters Have Different Needs And Some May Not Be Suitable For The Family
Just because a hamster is cute and looks friendly doesn’t mean it can fit in with your lifestyle or family. In fact, what you might consider being the perfect pet for your needs may be very different from what another hamster owner considers suitable for them! This includes not only what kind of habitat best suits their needs but also how much time they need out of their cage on an average day, how often you need to handle them, etc.
So the first thing you should do before getting any kind of pet is doing some research about all these factors so it helps ensure everyone’s happy once they’re brought home.