Hamsters are these cute little rodents anyone likes to have in the house, especially if the house involves small children who are not responsible enough to properly look after a cat or a dog. However, hamsters can grow and become extremely dedicated to their owners, if treated accordingly. In fact, no matter the pet you have, if you treat him with kind, respect and love, he will share nothing but this in return. Here are some tips of how to properly take care of your hamster and make his life joyful and long:
Hamsters are nocturnal animals
This means they are exactly the opposite of humans. They sleep during the day and spend the most of their activities during the night, including running, eating and socializing. Thus, if you want to tame a hamster, appeal to his natural habits and never wake him from his sleep. He might become irritated and bite you. Also, bear in mind that, like any other rodents, hamsters like feeling safe when they sleep, meaning they will seek shelter and enclosed spaces. Thus, anything your hamster could fit inside of could mean a potential new sleeping place for your little fellow. You can try and make your small partner in crime feel safer by adding a good sheltered cage, filled with only one way out and enough darkness.
Hamsters are loners
As rodents, although in wild they live in hoards, hamsters are quite the loners in captivity. Thus, you should not have more than one hamster in the same cage because otherwise they will try and fight each other, especially if we talk about Syrian hamsters. The only way you can have more than one hamster in the same cage is to put two hamsters of opposed sex or a mom with her cubs.
Like any other rodents, hamsters have teeth that constantly grow. In order to not harm himself, a hamster must always have something hard to chew on. Eventually, in time, his teeth will grind down, but until then you must provide him with chewable, edible materials. Wooden blocks, paper towel rolls or specialized dry food from the pet store represent the easiest ways to have your hamster’s teeth tamed down. Moreover, make sure your hamster’s bedding is edible too as they like to chew on everything they get their paws on.
Hamsters and hibernation
Hamsters are quite sensitive when it comes to lighting and small temperatures. They do not handle cold too well, meaning that even the slightest drop in temperatures, together with inappropriate eating or sleeping habits could trigger your hamster to start hibernating. Thus, if you want an active little fellow, make sure you provide him with a constant, warm temperature and enough darkness. However, avoid direct exposure to sunlight or extreme temperatures.
Hamsters and taming
Since they are colorblind and not rely on their sight too much, hamsters use, instead, smelling and hearing as their main senses. This means that with enough patience you can trick your little friend into recognizing your scent and even your voice. Read our article on how to tame a hamster for more information.