Hamsters are cute, but they need proper care to thrive.
- Go big or go home. By that we mean, get a cage in the biggest size you can. Hamsters need room to move around comfortably. Should you buy a cage that is too small, there will be problems. If you would like to keep costs down, buy a used cage (garage sales are a safe bet), but be sure to clean it thoroughly before you put your furry little friend inside. You never really know where that old cage has been, after all.
- Pick the ideal spot for the cage. Believe it or not, the location is super important – not just for your hamster, but for your family, too. Hamsters are most active at night, so if you have a child with sleeping problems, for example, their room would not be ideal for the cage. If you’re concerned about keeping your home sanitary and safe, don’t place the cage in the kitchen, especially around areas where you typically prep food. He could knock some contaminated items out of his cage! Don’t place the cage where other pets can reach him, either.
- Buy toys. The traditional hamster wheel is widely used for a reason. It not only gives your hamster something to do, it also allows him to play and get his body moving. If you feel the noise from the wheel might keep you up at night, remember that proper cage placement makes a big difference.
- Don’t forget bowls for food and water. Like humans, hamsters need food and water to survive, so make sure you have something set up for him before you bring your pet home.
- Give him a place to hide. Hamsters like to have a place to burrow and store food.
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