Do not feed chocolate, caffeine or alcohol as these can cause serious medical conditions. Avoid sugar and high fat treats.
Play during the night and rest during the day (nocturnal) but can adjust to your schedule.
Easy to handle but may nip if suddenly awakened from a nap or startled.
Chew on objects to maintain incisor teeth, which grow continuously; ensure they have plenty of wood chew sticks or mineral chews.
Things to remember when feeding your hamster:
Fresh food and water should always be available.
A limited amount of grain, vegetables, fruits or Timothy hay can be given daily but should not exceed 10% of their total diet
Vegetables and fruits not eaten within 24 hours should be discarded.
Clean and disinfect the habitat and its contents at least once a week with a 3% bleach solution. Rinse and allow to dry completely before placing the hamster back into the habitat.
Remove wet spots daily; change bedding at least once a week, or more often as necessary.
Hamsters acclimate well to average household temperatures, not to exceed 80°F; be cautious of extreme temperature changes. The habitat should never be in direct sunlight or in a drafty area.
Habitat should be plastic, metal or glass and escape-proof with a solid bottom; there should be plenty of room for the hamster to exercise and play. It is best to provide the largest habitat possible.
1-2″ of bedding should be placed in the habitat; proper bedding includes high quality paper bedding, crumbled paper bedding, or hardwood shavings. Cedar-based products are not recommended.
House adult hamsters separately. Different types of small animals should not be housed together.
Grooming & Hygiene
Hamsters stay clean and rarely need baths, but can be spot-cleaned with a damp washcloth or unscented baby wipes if needed. Some hamsters enjoy an occasional dust bath. Hairless hamsters benefit from a small amount of non-toxic aloe-based lotion rubbed into their skin to keep it soft.
It is normal for a hamster’s teeth to be yellow; cleaning is not necessary.
Consult with a veterinarian if a hamster’s teeth seem too long.
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