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How to Make Your Hamster Happy

August 15, 2016

Have you recently adopted a hamster? These cute little guys make very charming pets! Hammie is quite easy to care for, which is one reason he is such a popular children’s pet. However, hamsters do have some specific care needs. Read on as a local Omaha, NE vet offers tips on making your hamster happy.

Basic Comforts

Just like any other pet, Hammie needs proper nutrition and a comfy habitat to be happy and healthy. Give your pint-sized pet a roomy, comfortable cage, and make sure he has all the little luxuries a hamster could want, such as a hidey-hole and a solid exercise ball. Be sure to keep your furry friend’s cage nice and clean, and provide fresh water daily. A good diet is also very important. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right spot for Hammy’s cage is very important. Temperature is one thing to keep in mind. Keep Hammie in a room that always stays between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Hamsters aren’t suited to cold climates, so chilly temperatures can prompt them to go into hibernation. Because pet hamsters don’t know how to properly hibernate, this is very dangerous! However, you also want to avoid putting your tiny furball in direct sunlight. Noise and traffic are also important. Put your hamster in a quiet place, where he can see and hear you, but isn’t surrounded by activity.

Toys

Hamsters need lots of toys, including plenty of fun playthings. You can give your furry pal items made of wood, cardboard, and paper. For instance, the cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls can make great hamster toys. Just be sure to avoid anything with small parts or sharp edges, as well as anything coated in varnish, glitter, or paint. Ask your vet for more information.

Handling Hammy

Hamsters are prey animals in the wild, so they can be quite timid. You’ll want to handle your pet frequently and gently so he stays tame and friendly. Keep in mind that the little guy can get scared very easily. Avoid picking Hammy up while he’s asleep or swooping him up from behind, and don’t move too quickly while you’re holding him.

Please reach out to us, your local Omaha, NE animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about caring for your pet hamster. We are always happy to help!

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