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How to Care for Your New Dwarf Hamster

Bringing home a tiny dwarf hamster will surely have you and your family excited, but have you researched how to care for your hamster? First thing is first, your hamster will need a cage, bedding, water bottle and food. Fortunately, you can buy any type of hamster cage since dwarf breeds are small and don’t require an oversized cage. They love to run around, so you can also opt for a fancy cage that has plenty of tubes to run around in. The cage should be lined in a comfy, non-aromatic litter such as aspen or pine. However, the best choices are those that are made from biodegradable materials and contain no harsh dyes or fumes. Cedar bedding is a big no-no, as this can cause serious respiratory infections in hamsters.

The water bottle should be clipped onto the side of the cage and be sure that it’s not leaking excess water into the cage. Check the water bottle each day and make sure there is fresh water in it. Dwarf hamsters love to eat, but they only need to be fed once a day because they don’t consume that much food. You can purchase a seed mixture from the pet store and also pair the food with a bit of fresh veggies, such as raw green beans or lettuce. Be sure to remove the greens if the dwarf hamster hasn’t eaten them within a half hour.

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Besides the necessities, it’s always fun to purchase chew toys and play toys for your hamster. These novelties are great for exercising and playtime, as well as gnawing at the teeth and keeping them healthy. If hamsters don’t have constructive things to chew on, their instincts will get the best of them and they will be chewing on the bars of their cage! Chew toys range from dried fruits, twigs and toilet paper rolls, so be creative and try a wide variety of playthings for your lively pet. You can also try giving your pet pieces of unscented toilet paper so that he or she can make a bed to sleep in!

Dwarf hamster cages need to be cleaned out every week. This thorough cleaning means replacing the bedding and wiping down any wet spots or clumps of litter. Once a month, the cage should be disinfected with a mild detergent. Be sure to keep the cage out of reach of children and other pets, as well as out of direct sunlight. Also be sure to handle your bundle of joy each day in order to keep him or her healthy, happy and tame.

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