Whether you’re already a hamster-parent or thinking of becoming one, caring for your little hammy is an important task. Here are some fast facts and care tips you might not know about your newest family member:
- Hamsters like to nest
Your little one likes to snuggle. Make sure your hamster has plenty of bedding to nest in so they can feel comfy and safe. Add bedding that’s two or three inches deep to your hammy’s home and spread it evenly throughout their home. Your hammy will move it around and pile it up to create soft, warm, fluffy hideaways to nestle up and take a nap in.
- Your hamster’s teeth never stop growing
This means your little one has to take care of his/her teeth by constantly chewing. This helps keep your hamster’s teeth from becoming overgrown. Hammies will chew on any hard objects you leave in their habitat (including their cage). Make sure you give them plenty of toys, like wood chew sticks, to chew on to help keep their teeth from overgrowing.
- Hamsters are escape artists
Your little one can climb (or chew) his/her way out of their home if you’re not careful. To keep your fur baby safe and secure make sure the habitat is in a safe place, where it can’t be knocked over by young children or other pets. And don’t forget to make sure your hammy’s home is free of openings around the edges and the doors can be locked in place to prevent any “great escapes.”
- Hamsters are nocturnal animals
Your hammy likes to rest during the day and play all night, but your new friend can adjust to your schedule. This means your new fur baby will want to exercise while you’re trying to sleep. If you’re a light sleeper make sure you get your hamster a wheel that operates quietly so he/she can get a workout in without waking you.
- Hamsters aren’t always the best at making friends
Decide if you want your hammy to have a roommate right away so they have time to become friends. Your hammy might not act friendly if you introduce them to another furry friend later in life. If you do decide to get more than one little hammy, it’s best to get them as young as possible, and make sure you don’t house males and females together. These small pets reproduce quickly and can give birth every 30 days.
Have a question about your pet hamster? Just ask!