Care Program for Small Hamsters

In order for the hamster to stay healthy, it must be groomed regularly. In addition to proper cage hygiene and healthy food, it is important that the toddler is free from parasites and that the nails and teeth wear out properly. With a few tips, this is not a problem. Your pet is largely responsible for grooming itself.

Requirement: a Tame Hamster

The basic requirement for regular hamster care is that your animal is tame. This is quite simple. After a period of acclimatization, you can gently contact your new pet on the second day, but don’t just wake them up during the day. In the evening, sit by his cage and talk to him in a low voice. Give him time to approach you. Soon you can lure him to the bars with a little treat. Pass this through to your hamster and he will quickly associate your presence with something pleasant, namely a food treat.

Hamsters get tame pretty quickly – they’ll soon be taking the bite out of your hand. Then you can carefully pick it up and touch it gently. Practice this regularly, as it is very important for health and care that you let your hamster touch him.

Nip Hamster Diseases in the Bud

A regular health check is important so that hamster diseases hardly have a chance. Check the fur regularly with a magnifying glass – if you discover any changes, if it scratches itself or if it loses fur, then you have to see the vet. He will recommend the right treatment for your hamster.

The Basis of Hamster Care: Never in the Water

Your hamster’s fur should always be clean and fragrant. Your pet takes care of the hamster itself to a large extent. It “washes” itself from head to toe. You should only carefully remove the litter from long-haired rodents with a soft brush for small animals. You are never allowed to bathe your pet! Water makes hamsters sick. He prefers a sand bath for grooming. To do this, fill a clay bowl with special quartz-free chinchilla bath sand and place it in the cage.

Keep Teeth and Nails in Shape

Your toddler’s nails and teeth should always be in good shape. Usually, the nails will wear out on their own if you put a rough stone in the cage and lure your hamster with a treat several times a day to make it march over it. If this is not the case, you can very carefully trim the nails with a nail trimmer. As a rule, however, this is not necessary.

Your hamster shouldn’t have any problems with their teeth either if you give them non-toxic twigs to chew on a regular basis. These grind off the teeth. Use caution if your hamster is making an odd smack. Maybe he has dental problems and can no longer eat well, then you should see the vet quickly. If you also check your ears regularly and they are clean, hamster diseases have little chance and your pet will stay fit and happy.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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