I Want to keep My ham­ster happy

Woman (UK) - - Ask The Experts -

Many UK homes have a pet ham­ster, though the sad truth is that a large pro­por­tion of these lit­tle pets are kept out of sight and for­got­ten about once the nov­elty has worn off.

While they can be a good tool to teach older chil­dren re­spon­si­bil­ity, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that they need so­cial­i­sa­tion and stim­u­la­tion to keep them happy and healthy. Keep­ing them fed and wa­tered is not enough. So, how can we make sure our ham­sters are con­tent?

Well, what about a friend? Some ham­sters do en­joy hav­ing com­pany but two males to­gether will of­ten mean con­stant bat­tles. And hous­ing a male and fe­male will in­evitably re­sult in the pro­duc­tion of tiny ba­bies!

There are plenty of other things we can do. Lad­ders, mazes and tubes in their cage helps keep them oc­cu­pied, and watch­ing a busy ham­ster is en­ter­tain­ing for the kids. And the clas­sic ham­ster wheel is a great way for them to ex­er­cise. Gnaw­ing blocks and soft branches are per­fect for keep­ing their front teeth trimmed down.

A large, tall cage is ideal as ham­sters love to climb. It should be well ven­ti­lated and con­tain lots of ma­te­rial for nest­ing.

As well as pel­let feed, it’s nice to sup­ple­ment their diet with treats like ap­ple and cau­li­flower. But clear out the old food each day to stop it rot­ting – they love to hoard. The cage should be cleaned once a week, but keep some un­soiled bed­ding to mix back in, so their home smells fa­mil­iar.

Sup­ple­ment your ham­ster’s diet with some tasty treats

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