A hamster is an excellent pet for both kids and parents. It is tiny, it is a source of endless antics, and it doesn’t require a lot of food. While it’s true that you must be religious about keeping the pet’s cage clean, otherwise, hamsters are not exactly high-maintenance pets. Nonetheless, you probably want your hamster to be happy in your home, which is why following the methods described below will help you achieve that.
Create a pleasant environment for your hamster
One of the first things you need to ensure for your little pet is home. That is why a spacious cage should be on top of your list. While a hamster is tiny, he or she needs enough room to exercise, as this species has a tendency to become overweight.
Populate the cage with many toys, tunnels, and a running wheel
A hamster can be a one-creature-show, but only if you provide the right tools for him or her to perform. That means that you should invest a little in some toys, ladders, tunnels, and a running wheel. As long as your hamster finds plenty of things to do, he or she will always be happy.
Make sure that your hamster has plenty of freshwater
As far as food is concerned, it would help if you steered clear of overfeeding your hamster. While you might not be aware, hamsters are excellent hoarders, and they can hide food everywhere. Besides making the cage a smelly mess, that could also entice them to overeat and become obese.
One thing that you should always supply in enough quantities is water, though. Hamsters drink a lot of water for their small frame, and without proper hydration, they can fall ill and become lethargic. So, it’s easy to make a hamster happy if you care for his or her basic needs.
Learn about his or her body language
What makes anyone happy? First of all, to be understood, and that’s something hamsters are not an exception from. As the owner, you should be aware that your hamster can’t tell you what he or she doesn’t like. However, cues from the behavior of such animals should tell you everything about what to do and what not to do.
A hamster that lowers to the ground signals that he or she doesn’t want to be handled. If you pick your pet up, you might just become a source of stress. Squeaking sounds are also signs of nervousness, and you should always allow your new pet to get adjusted to his or her new home.
Be patient while attempting to handle a hamster
Hamsters can be very shy and nervous, which is why pet owners should have a lot of patience until the first signs of trust appear. Handling is not precisely on top of the list for a hamster. However, you can make progress little by little.
Offer a small tasty treat that the hamster can eat from your hand. Let your hand flat on the surface on which your hamster stands. Allow him or her to sniff you; once you’re deemed that you’re not a danger, you will begin to appear as a friendly being.
Supplement the daily diet with tasty treats
Even though it’s not a good idea to overfeed your hamster, that doesn’t mean that you should settle for feeding him or her the same boring diet day after day. You can shake things up by offering from time to time some tasty snacks. Your hamster will eat them with pleasure, and that could help with ensuring better overall health, as well.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.