February 14, 2007 10:30pm CST
It was my birthday today, so tomorrow, I'm going to go get a hamster. I have the cage and all of the other stuff set up. I just want to know, does anyone have a good guide on how to take care of a hamster. I'm sort of a beginner at this... Well, if you have a good guide, please post it. And also if you have a good name post that as well. Thank you!
16 Feb 07
My husband bought me two hamsters a couple of months ago. They are Roborovski Hamsters, maximum size is approximately 2 inch and are very tiny. They are very cute pets to keep. I don't have problems with them, though I know that they will bite if they are frightened or feel threatened in anyway. You have to approach them gently and they are fine. Its best to keep them not in your room, as they are noctural - so it gets pretty noisy at night when they start running the wheel, no matter how silent the wheel is. Keep their cage in a place not too brightly lit and not near the windows, as it can create a green house effect. They could die! Feed them with grains and hamsters speciality food. The experts knows best, but you could occasionally feed them with barley, wheat, nuts, maize, fruits like carrots & chinese water chestnut, vegetables BUT never meat! Never feed too much fruits and vegetables as they are prone to diarrhea. Keep them entertained with the wheel, toys and chew sticks. These are available in stores. You can also toilet-train them by placing a container of Sand Bath (available in most stores, specially for hamsters). Mine goes into the bath to urinate. Cleaning the cage is important to make sure that your hamsters are healthy. I clean mine once a week or more often when I have the time to do so. I'm sure you will love them as much as I do!
15 Feb 07
Good name would be bubbaganoosh I personally wouldnt buy a hamster.They bite. My son has always had rats...i know your probably thinking ewww.They are soooo smart tho.You can train them and take them anywhere without having to worry about them.Another bonus is smell...for some reason their urine is less stinky then hamsters.You could use your hamster cage that you allready have.All rodents are basically the same so as far as caring for one...fresh water and food daily.Change the shavings when they look or smell bad.BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER TO GIVE HER/HIM STUFF TO CHEW ON.I had a rat who hated to chew (wierdo) and had to take her every few months to the vet to get her teeth clipped. Good luck with your new pet
• United States
15 Feb 07
Thank you, I'll keep that in mind. I have seen the rats before, I think they are called "Fancy rats" or something like that. They seem like they are smart. I don't know. I have heard that they need something to chew on. I'm not thinking ewww, either. They actually seem like a sensible pet. Well, it took me about an hour to figure out the dang cage, Lol. I guess I should have read the directions first. OH well, I'll consider it. Thank you for your post.
• United States
15 Feb 07
I've had hamsters for several years now, and have one hamster left and several gerbils. The gerbils are nice too but do best in a better setup than a hamster cage. The hamsters are fun, and as long as you pick carefully, I've never had a big problem with getting bit. I have one that likes to be fed through the bars on his cage, then sticks it all in his pouch, then emptys it in his food bowl! He's the only one who's ever really bitten, and that was my 1 year old sticking his fingers in the bars, like we stick the food. All of that to say, one of the better hamster care sites is http://www.hamstercare.co.uk but there are lots of other great care sites as well.