Hamsters can make good family pets and are often ideal for younger kids. They are relatively easy to look after and are inexpensive to keep. But as with any other animal, it’s important to have a basic understanding of their care requirements before you welcome one into your home. This will help to ensure the best experience possible for you and your little furry friend.
Ideally, you should purchase the following before you bring your hamster home:
- Food: Your hamster’s diet should mainly consist of hamster mix, which typically includes seeds, alfalfa and dried corn. It can be found at most pet stores. In addition to the mix, you can give her fruits and veggies such as carrots, raisins, cauliflower and apples. Your hamster should have fresh food and water daily.
- Cage: The cage should be roomy enough for your pet to move about freely. Keep in mind that the food dish and bedding will take up space. If the cage you purchase doesn’t have an exercise wheel, buy one, or get an exercise ball. Hamsters have a lot of energy that needs to be expended. Your hamster should also spend some time outside the cage every day.
- Bedding: You can shred some untreated, white paper towels for your hamster’s bedding, or you can purchase some shredded paper bedding at the pet store.
- Toys: In addition to making sure your hamster gets plenty of attention and exercise, put chew toys and treats in the cage to help keep your hamster occupied. This is also beneficial for your hamster's teeth.
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