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Adopting a Hamster

Are you looking for a cute pet that is small in size but big in personality? A hamster may be a wonderful match for you! A Riverside County, CA vet talks about hamster care in this article.

Basics

Hammie is a very popular choice of pet for kids, and with good reason. Hamsters are not only absolutely adorable, they’re also very gentle and inquisitive. They are also easy to care for, which is another big plus. Just be sure to do some research before adopting one of these tiny furballs. One thing you’ll want to consider is breed. Many hamsters must live alone, so if you wanted two pets, you may want to opt for gerbils or Guinea pigs. Another thing to keep in mind is that hamsters are nocturnal. If you wanted to put your hamster in a child’s bedroom, he may keep your young one awake. Ask your vet for more information.

Cage

Choose a good, roomy cage that offers suitable ventilation. We recommend getting a cage that is at least 3 square feet, at a minimum. A glass or plastic tank with a screen or mesh top is a good choice.

Accessories

Hammie will also need some furnishings. Add a good substrate, such as aspen. Don’t use pine or cedar, as they are toxic to small pets. Your hamster will also need a hidey-hole to retreat to, and a water bottle.

Toys

To keep your little buddy happy and entertained, offer him an exercise wheel and some suitable playthings. Hamsters must chew to keep their teeth healthy, so Hammie will need plenty of chew toys. Many wood, wicker, paper, and cardboard items are fine, as long as they are clean, unfinished, and free of small parts or sharp edges.

Climate

Keeping Hammie’s home at the right temperature is very important! Keep your pint-sized pal in a room that always stays between 65 and 75°F. Also, avoid putting your hamster’s cage in direct sunlight, or too close to a fan or heating duct.

Diet

Hammie can eat commercial food, which will be either a seed mix or pellets. This can be supplemented with fresh produce and the occasional snack. Ask your vet for specific advice, including portion sizes, snack options, and safe and unsafe foods.

Please contact us, your Riverside County, CA animal clinic, for your hamster’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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