THINGS WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT:

* LOCATION
 
* VET CARE
 
*BEDDING ADVICE
 
*NUTRITION ADVICE
 
*TEMPERATURE
 
*BOWLS AND BOTTLES
 
* SOME UNSAFE HAMSTER PRODUCTS.
 

 
LOCATION

Before you have bought your hamster, you will need a cage. After you've bought a cage that is large, you have to decide where to put it. During the day, when hamsters are asleep, they need total peace and quiet. If their sleep is disturbed, they become stressed, and stress often leads to health problem. Although hamsters are able to clamp their ears shut when they sleep, they still have a very acute sense of hearing and a lot of noises that don't bother you will most likely bother him.  So you should pick a nice, quiet spot to put your hamster's cage. So with that said, don't put it next to an entertainement center, a subwoofer, or a tv that's on during the daytime. And don't vacuum around the cage when your pet is asleep and keep him and his cage away from noisy, vibrating appliances or appliances that cycle on and off. like refrigarators, air conditioners and furnaces.The cage should not be near drafts or a direct heat source. Also you should keep him away from all bright lights and direct sunlight.
 
Now here are some points you should consider for YOUR well~being,  Unless you work the night shift or are an extremely sound sleeper, It's not a very good idea to share your room with a hamster, as they are nocturnal, as they are up and running at night.  After all, you probably won't want to have your sleep disturbed at 3:00 a.m just because your pet is having a good workout on his wheel! So now, where will you place the cage? No one spot is perfect for every household. Where you put your hamster's cage really depend on the environment in your home. The bottom line is, that you should find a good, quiet location for your hamster's home!
 
 

 VETS

 When you make a hamster a part of your family, it is a bit unlikely that you are looking at big veterinary bills as hamsters don't require may of the medical procedure as bigger animals like spaying or neutering. But as every pet, hamsters can get sick and need vet care. You should always have a handbook to know what symptoms to look for. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO CALL A HAMSTER SPECIALIZED VET THE MOMENT YOU NOTICE THAT YOUR HAMSTER IS NOT ACTING NORMAL. DO NOT TAKE A WAIT-AND-SEE ATTITUDE, AS THIS CAN BE FATAL. HAMSTERS ARE ANIMALS OF PREY SO THEY WILL DO THEIR BEST TO HIDE ANY SYMPTOMS . BEFORE BUYING A PET, ALWAYS HAVE A CLOSE VET THAT IS SUITABLE TO THE PET YOU HAVE.

Pre- pet preperations

Nutrition

food / Nutrition advice

BEDDING DO'S AND DON'TS (Bedding advice)

After you have decided on the cage system, youll have to think about the bedding.  Although most hamster don't urinate all over the cage, the corners or corner where they do urinate can get quite smelly. So, odor control, absorbency and softness are what you should look for. In the past few years, wood shavings used  to be the most popular and ideal bedding for small animals, however, a lot has changed in the past few years, as there are many new bedding products available to us, so it will most likely take some trail and error to figure out what bedding works out for you and your pet. Many hamster owners still use wood shavings as bedding, but if you are going to go this route, stay away from Pine and Ceder shavings, as these contain phenols which are chemicals that can cause respiratory problems and liver damage in small animals. Even though many packages guarantee they are safe for all small animals, they are absolutely bad for hamsters and a few other small animals. Hardwood, such as Aspen is the wood of choice for shavings. The problem with most wood shavings are that they aren't really absorbent. Several other wood-based products make better beddings that wood shavings, for example, soft bedding made from dried wood pulp is a winner in the softness department, and it is more absorbent than most wood shavings. If you pile it up, maybe about 3 to 4 inches, your pet will probably have a blast burrowng through it! (NOTE) NEVER USE SAWDUST AS BEDDING EVEN IF YOU KNOW IT IS FROM HARDWOOD. IT'S FAR TOO DUSTY AND COULD DAMAGE YOUR HAMSTER'S RESPIRATORY SYSTEM!  Also, pellets from recycled newspapers are becoming quite popular! They are biodegradable and nontoxic, but they are a bit dusty and they usually don't do a great job of controlling odour as the wood pellets. Some of these types of bedding are rough on hamsters' feet. Also, if you see your hamster snacking on the bedding, TAKE IT AWAY IMMEDIATLY!
 
DO NOT USE:
 
* PINE OR CEDAR BEDDING
 
* BEDDING THAT IS DUSTY
 
* CORNCOB OR PLANT BASED BEDDINGS ( CAN BE MISTAKEN
AS FOOD)
 
* DO NOT USE SCENTED BEDDING , IT CAN AFFECT A HAMSTERS BREATHING SYSTEM.
 
 
 
 
Before bringing your hamster home, you need to find the right food. Your pet needs a few essential elements. Many owners buys seed mixes but thoes are not neccessarily  good, as hamsters will pick and choose what they want not what they need. This can cause your hamster to become overweight and obese and can cause nutritional deficiencies. Hamsters also needs seeds in their diet so it is a good idea to buy a seed mix and give that as a treat occasionally.
 
 
 
*For more accurate advice on nutrition, do call your local vet.*

Bowls and bottles

 
Hamsters need fresh water, but how fresh do you think it will stay if you serve it in a bowl? Many things like food, droppings, bedding can make it's way in there. Don't allow this, get a water bottle! 
 
QUALITIES IN A WATER BOTTLE NEEDED:
 
* LEAK PROOF, get a bottle with double ball bearings in the sipper tube, or a bottle that will create a vacuum when filled.
 
* GNAW PROOF: Get a bottle with, rounded edges and a sipper tube made out of metal. As hamsters can chew through plastic in seconds.
 
 
* Right height, always make sure that your pet hamster is able and actually uses he water bottle, make sure that it isn't too high and is easily reachable
 
* CHANGE AND WASH: You MUST change the water daily and clean the bottle ( mild scented soap) while you are at it.
 
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Temperature

 Temperature; The temperature in which you keep your pet hamster in is very important. Hamsters are very sensitive to temperature. When too hot, a hamster could get a heat stroke  which can be fatal, and when too cold, a hamster risks of freezing to death, or going into TORPOR. Torpor is like an emergency hibernation, it is the hamsters body's last attempt to preserve life, usually with hamsters, some don't wake up.  The ideal temperature is around 65-75 degrees fahrenheit and 20-23 degrees celsius, it should still be okay if it 2-3 degrees off. You should keep him from direct contact with the sun and light. READ LOCATION

UNSAFE HAMSTER PRODUCTS

Here are a few unsafe hamster products with some information on why they are bad. 
 
1.  Mesh wheels/ wire wheels/wire/mesh flooring
* These are bad because your hamster may get Bumblefoot,  an infection that is very painful for your hamster and is mainly caused when your hamster's feet get stuck in between the mesh or wire,  which can also lead your hamster to break its leg or severly hurt him/herself.
 
2. Ceder and Pine shavings/bedding/wood
* These are very bad for your hamster as these woods contain toxic phenols, which are chemicals/fumes that can cause respiratory problems and liver damage in hamsters and certain small animals, NO MATTER WHAT THE BOX/CONTAINER/COMPANY SAYS, DO NOT BUY THIS.  This is one of the main dangers to hamsters and sadly hamster-owners everywhere still use these while not realizing the impact this can have on a hamters health and life.
 
3. Hamster fluff/cotton/nesting/"soft" materials
* These are completely unsafe for hamsters and other small animals, because it can wrapped around  hamster's feet, teeth and claws. If wrapped around or swallowed, it can cause severe loss of circulation.
These materials will not digest and can cause internal blockages and choking which are both quite deadly. I know just how tempted you might feel to get your hamster something that looks so nice and soft and the picture on the package is sooooo cute and you want to just buy it...but no, do not do that...resist. Give your hamster non-scented and not dusty Kleenex or toilet paper instead.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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* ADVICE ON TAMING
* HAMSTER-SAFE FOODS
* HAMSTERS AND WATER
* GNAWING
* SPECIES
* HAMSTER BALLS
AND MORE!