Hamsters belong to the Cricetinae subfamily of rodents , which contains approximately 24 species.
Hamsters make very clean, charming, loveable pets, and are easy to take care of. For these reasons hamsters are one of the most popular household pets for people of all ages.
Hamsters are most frequently well-kept in a wire cage with a solid tray bottom, solid levels and a coated wire top. The cage should be of a suitable size (minimum of 2 square feet) with no more than half-inch of spacing between bars, to prevent the hamster from escaping. Marty Made Low-Profile tanks are also an option to house your hamster.
Hygiene / Housekeeping
It is important to practice good hygiene, both in keeping your hamsters home clean and with yourself when handling your hamster. Fresh food and water needs to be provided daily. Full cage cleanings need to take place weekly. This must include emptying the contents of the home, disinfecting it and letting it dry before laying down fresh bedding and replacing the hamster’s food, water, chewing and exercise toys. It is also advisable to clean out the hamsters bathroom space between weekly cleans. Hamsters like to accumulate things, therefore check for stockpiles of perishable food.
Hamsters need fresh food and water on a daily basis. There are a lot of choices when it comes to hamster food and all are easily available. The basis of a hamster’s diet should be a good quality store-bought food designed specifically for hamsters.
Hamsters enjoy a variety of healthy human foods every day such as whole grains, vegetables and fruit. However, these should be given in moderation. Suggested fruit and vegetables include apples, grapes, strawberries, carrots, broccoli and spinach. Hamsters may also enjoy (again in small moderated quantities) pumpkin seeds, whole grain cereal, whole grain bread.
Hamsters need to be able to chew, and they need to be able to exercise. Exercise wheels are great fun for hamsters and provide a good source of physical activity. Complement the hamster’s exercise facilities and toys with things for them to chew, such as a variety of wood structures. Wood items should be safe and pesticide and chemical free. Items specifically made for use by pets can be purchased from a pet store.