Very few people like having a hamster at their home. This is because hamster is not like other animals that are very sweet and clingy just like dogs. But according to hamster owners, having such kind of pet is fulfilling because you get to know what hamsters are capable of doing.
Owning a hamster is like deciding to have a dog as well or any type of animal. You must treat it as your family member because it is a living creature. Before owning one, you must know how to give it a happy and comfortable life. It is very important for hamster to have a healthy environment. To most owners, they are buying their hamster a cage. It is actually advisable, but read this before buying a cage to know what type of cage to buy and where.
Hamster usually stay in their cage most of the time. In order for your hamster to stay healthy and happy, make sure that the cage is not only clean all the time, but spacious enough for the hamster to play and roam around. It is advisable to choose a cage that is 18 x 18 inches in square and 7-7 inches high. There are various kinds of cage you can choose from- plastic, glass, and wire cages.
One thing that hamster never get tired of doing is digging. So make sure you are going to give your hamster a deep bedding. You can also try putting paper pellets. Do not let the bedding stay for more than one week. Make sure to change it every week.
Hamsters are active as long as the temperature will not go down to 60ºF. If you happen to put the hamster in an area having temperature below 60ºF, it will have difficulty breathing and moving. They call it hibernation. This happen to a lot hamsters event though they stay in a normal temperature. They somehow need it.
If your hamster has a huge cage, maximize it by putting some toys for your hamster to exercise. Buy toys like tunnels, wood since they love to chew, and other chew toys.