Hamster

Hamsters are small rodents that have a cuddly appearance thanks to their chubby cheeks, soft furs and short legs. They can be quite tame. Hamsters sleep during the day (especially Syrian hamsters) and may bite if they are awakened.

Hamsters are rodents that are active during night and twilight. Hamsters are often kept as pets due to their convenient size. A hamster prefers to live alone. Multiple hamsters in a single cage often leads to problems. A hamster can live to be between 2 and 3 years old.

 

Housing:

A suitable cage for a hamster generally has the following dimensions: 70 x 50 cm or 80 x 40 cm, an extra floor is nice because it provides them with a bit more space. A deep bottom tray is also important (50 cm depth is ideal), so they can dig themselves into the surface. Make sure the bars are horizontal because of climbing. A dark shelter is required, as well as coconut, a hamster house, etc. Warning: Never use synthetic hamster cotton. This may clog up the hamster’s cheek pouches or intestines. Wires may also constrict their paws.

 

Ground cover for the cage:

The health of your hamster starts with the ground cover. The ground cover should primarily absorb the urine, be dust-free, soft and comfortable. We do not recommend hard ground cover due to eye and skin irritation. Moreover, with loose ground cover a hamster can create and maintain his own living environment. A good ground cover can also help against boredom.

Joris recommends the following ground covers (in recommended order):

 

Food:

All hamster species require animal protein to stay healthy. For example, in nature they eat insects to meet these needs. Complete hamster food includes all nutrients that a hamster needs. Remember, it’s better to feed them grain pellets than mixed food. With mixed food, hamsters often only nibble at the tasty seeds and nuts, which include lots of fat and are low in calcium. As a result, their food becomes one-sided and the animal may suffer from osteoporosis. The amount of grain pellets should be 10 to 12 grams per day. This may be supplemented with extras such as herbs, vegetables, pieces of cheese, etc. But in moderation.

 

A good ration:

  • High quality special hamster food (grain pellets)
  • Herbs, vegetables and flowers
  • Extras, such as pieces of cheese, egg, cat/dog food
  • Clean drinking water all day

 

Joris' checklist for your hamster:

Large cage with extra floor
No synthetic cotton as nesting material
Special hamster food (grain pellets)
Herbs, vegetables, flowers, pieces of egg/cheese, cat/dog food
Drinking bottle
Feeding bowl
Gnawing material
Dust-free and healthy ground cover
Transport box
Brush and comb
Nail clipper
Toys


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