Keeping pet hamsters may seem at first glance to be very simple. But the reality is that before choosing this cute little animal for a pet, there are certain things to take into account to keep them happy and healthy.
In general, hamsters are pets that require little care. These small rodents usually have a life expectancy of a couple of years. There are different breeds, including Chinese hamsters, dwarf hamsters and Syrian hamsters. The coats are of different colors.
How to tell if a hamster is healthy
When choosing a hamster at a pet store, look for bright, preferably open eyes. A good sign is that it is active, eating or running around the cage. Even if you observe other hamsters in the cage that appear to be discouraged or sick, you should avoid buying any other hamsters from the same cage. This is because hamster diseases are often highly contagious.
Another detail to take into account is that it is better to choose young specimens that are easier to train and tame. The older they are, the more difficult it will be to teach them.
What your hamster needs
When choosing a cage for your hamster, keep in mind that very colorful or intricately designed cages can be difficult to clean, no matter how cool they may look. Choose a cage with good ventilation, easy to clean, with adequate space between the bars so that the animal cannot escape. A cage with good ventilation is very important. Fish tanks are not recommended because they do not have good ventilation.
Inside the cage there should be soft bedding, water, an exercise wheel and chew toys. Hamsters need to chew on objects, so you will need to change them from time to time.
As for food, hamsters need a variety of proteins, fruits and vegetables. Ideally, offer them a seed mix and supplement it with green leafy vegetables, peas and squash. Hay can also be placed inside the cage for nesting and seed eating.
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