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How-To: Hamster Happiness 101

How-To: Hamster Happiness 101

How-To: Hamster Happiness 101

Hamsters may be tiny, but these furry little creatures can bring a lot of joy with their curious personalities and lovable natures. However, even the happiest hamsters are prone to depression, so it is important to ensure that they are well taken care of physically and emotionally for a longer lifespan and a more cuddly relationship with you. Here are some ways to keep your hamster as happy as it can be.

Nocturnal in nature How-To: Hamster Happiness 101Source: http://www.thecutezone.com/how-to-take-care-of-a-hamster/hamster-sleeping/

Hamsters may appear cute and cuddly and are thus perfect for children to have as pets, however do keep in mind that they are nocturnal and hence most active at night. Keep their cage away from bedrooms, as they will most likely be scuttling about in the middle of the night. Although some may be up for playtime with you in the day, disturbing them from their sleep will only cause irritation, which may lead to nipping and biting. Instead, wait for them to wake up, and once refreshed, your pet hamsters will be more than happy for a cuddle or two.

Happy habitat, happy hamster How-To: Hamster Happiness 101Source: https://www.superpages.com/em/hamster-bedding/

Your hamster spends all of its time in its cage, so maintaining the cleanliness of their living environment is of the highest priority. They love to remain clean, and you will often notice them grooming themselves and each other. One way to ensure that your hamster feels comfortable in its cage is to purchase quality, comfortable bedding. This is what your pet will be stepping, sitting, sleeping and burrowing in all day, so spending a little more to provide your hamster that comfort will go a long way. Remove the small portion of soiled bedding and old food daily, but for the rest of the cage, it is better to keep to a regular weekly changing schedule that your hamster can adapt to. Also, spend time picking out any old food bits that your hamster might be hoarding in corners of the cage, as they might be expired or be a factor in overeating.

Toys and treadmills How-To: Hamster Happiness 101Source: http://www.meditationsonanemergency.com/2013/05/the-guinea-pigs-guide-to-managing-time.html

A treadmill is a common sight in many hamster cages, as they provide an outlet for excess energy, as well as a means for your hamster to exercise and stay healthy. Visit pet shops in Singapore and customize your hamster’s cage with accessories like chew toys, plastic tubes, slides and hammocks will likewise stimulate them and keep them engaged while being in the cage all day. For times when your hamster is tired and wants to hide away from the world, a small wooden hut will be a much-appreciated addition to its home. And even if you own just one hamster, you can still purchase a larger cage so that it has plenty of space to roam about.

Hydration and nutrition How-To: Hamster Happiness 101Source: https://www.stuffmakesmehappy.com/2014/04/27-cutest-hamster-pictures-ever-seen-on.html

It is important to watch your hamster’s diet. Look for dry hamster food that comes with a variety of grains and seeds, as it allows your pet to pick out the ones it knows it needs for nutrition. You can also place a teaspoon of fresh fruit and veggies in its bowl each week, with produce such as apples, carrots, sweet potatoes and peas. Feed it one type of produce each time, and remove it from the cage after several hours to prevent it from going bad. As for water, a bottle is a better option to a water dish, which can trap droppings and hay easily. Refill the bottle with fresh water weekly, and scrub away at any grime that might build up inside of it.

Besides these few tips, remember that a hamster loves playtimes as well. With love, attention and daily care, your hamster will live a healthy and happy life.

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