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How to Care for Your New Pet Hamsters?

Author: BITTU066  |  Category: Pets
Published: November 23, 2008

If you are deciding whether or not to purchase a hamster as a family pet, you have a lot to consider. Hamsters are not going to be for everyoneWhile they are somewhat simple to take care of, because they fall into the rodent category, hamsters have some specific habits that can make them hard to live with. For instance, hamsters are nocturnal. If you are a morning person, and do not like a lot of activity at night, a hamster will probably not be the animal for you. In fact, they might even keep you awake! For more details visit to www.dishadvice.com .There are two main types of hamsters that are used as pets. The Syrian hamster, also known as the golden hamster or the teddy bear hamster, is by far the most common of the hamster house pets. These hamsters keep to themselves and if you add more than one hamster to a cage, you can expect a fight to break out.

The other common house pet in the hamster category is the dwarf hamster. These hamsters are smaller than the Syrian hamsters and they are more social. They like to be placed with other hamsters from the time they are babies. Regardless of what kind of hamster you choose, you will find that caring for them is going to be similar:

1. Attitude and examinations – You will want to pick out a healthy hamster so there are certain things to look for. Watch the hamster you are interested in and see how he behaves. If the hamster is quiet and seems shy, then you should look for another one. The typical hamster is outgoing and curious: They are very active animals. Keep in mind that hamsters are nocturnal, so these active creatures are not good for people who are light sleepers.

For the best results, pick your hamster out at night so you can see what he is like in action. You want a hamster that has a smooth coat and no mucus in his eyes. Additionally, you should look for one with sound breathing and a cage that is free of droppings as dirty cages can lead to health problems for your hamster, and any additional hamsters you bring home.

2. Housing arrangements – You can choose a number of different options for housing your hamster. The three most common are going to be a wire cage, a plastic cage (with hamster tubes to crawl through), or an aquarium. Hamsters like to be able to climb so many breeders recommend a wire cage because the hamsters use the bars to climb and exercise. Wire cages are best for the larger Syrian hamsters. Aquariums are the preferred choice for smaller hamsters.

3. Hamster bedding – The most common type of bedding to place on the floor of your hamster’s home is wood shavings. This is fine; however, it is very important that you avoid cedar and pine. There are toxic oils in both cedar and pine that could harm your hamster. Good wood shaving options include aspen or another hardwood. Whatever bedding you choose will need to be changed on a weekly basis, as your hamster will be using the bathroom in this area as well.

4. grooming your hamster – Hamsters are self-grooming animals. This means that they handle all of their own grooming issues. Hamsters groom on a regular basis because they have strong scent glands. These glands play an important role in their behavior and communication. To know more logon to www.100cookingtips.com .This leads them to ensure they are clean so they do not pick up bad scents. You do not need to groom your hamster, but you should pay attention to how often he grooms. If you notice that your hamster is not grooming at all, it could mean he is sick and you should call the vet immediately. The nails and teeth of the hamster are kept trim by gnawing and digging while in his cage. You will still want to check them periodically and trim the nails if necessary.

5. be aware of medical issues – Hamsters have the potential to contract several health problems, which could turn into more serious problems if they are not caught early. The common lifespan of a hamster is 2-3 years, though they can live longer if they are kept healthy. Keep a close eye on your hamster’s behavior and if anything seems out of the ordinary, consult your vet.

6. Eating habits – Hamsters will eat just about anything you let them get their paws on. However, their main diet should consist of a basis of commercial pellet or seed food. Keep in mind that hamsters can pick through the seeds and eat what they like so this will be their preferred choice. Some hamsters will not eat the pellets because they cannot pick out what they want to eat.

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