While many people who want to own a pet simply buy it without thinking, it should not be done that way at all. Hamsters, for example, are one of the smallest and the softest tiny friend that you can bring home to play with, but at the same time, it is very important to ensure the safety of the pet. As much as food and housing are important for the hamsters, the next thing that is very important is definitely how you keep and ensure all the safety precautions before bringing home a hamster.
This article is mainly to focus on the hamster safety tips that need to be tended with the most attention and care. It is also very important to make sure that the hamsters are not kept somewhere completely isolated because that might end up leaving a negative impact on the tiny friend’s mind.
- Should you keep one or more hamsters in a cage?
The number of hamsters that you want to bring back home depends on the species of hamster that you have got. While Syrian hamsters are territorial and must be kept alone in a cage, dwarf hamsters, on the other hand, need to be kept in pairs because they like to stay that way. The Syrian hamsters tend to fight a lot amongst them and are thus best to be kept alone. Another important thing to keep in mind is never to keep a male and a female hamster together, even if they are related because they will end up breeding and leave for you to attend to smaller ones in the future. It is thus best to keep either of the genders and best to keep them alone in the cage for safety measures.
- Precautions with the exercise wheel:
While wild hamsters run more than 11 to 12 km per day, it is important to administer the same kind of exercise for the domestic hamsters. The exercise wheel is probably the best way for them to do the work out that their body needs. It is best to stay away from all the old fashioned kind of exercise wheels which contained rings around them because they end up injuring the hamsters very badly. It is thus advised to opt for the ones which contain solid wheels and where the hamsters won’t get trapped. The last thing to do before buying one for your hamster is to actually consult the vet about which size of the wheel would be the best for your tiny friend because they won’t be able to exercise if the wheel is not of the perfect size.
- Their chewing habit needs to keep in check:
Hamsters are very avid chewers and would not judge before putting something in their mouth until and unless they are trained. It is very important to keep any kind of sharp objects away from their reach and also to make sure that the wires or something of that sort is not kept openly. The wires or any kind of sharp object might end up injuring their eyes or mouth and is thus best to either keep them out of their reach or also train them to keep their chewing in check.