I Want to keep My hamster happy
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