Caring for a hamster is easy for those who already know how to do it. But if you are just starting out to care for one of these rodents, you need to do a thorough research to better understand what will make these cute pets happy and healthy while under your care. To start with, you need to know how to set up a hamster bedding and cage that will make your pet feel at home.
There are many variants to choose from when it comes to the cage and beddings that you can opt to buy. You may also consider building one yourself. Just make sure that all the necessary preparations, such as the materials to use, measurements, as well as the proper maintenance are all identified before you head off to buy what will become your pet’s new home.
These adorable rodents may be tiny, but they do have a bag full of energy. You will see them busy whenever they are awake. They can either be foraging endlessly or digging to create hides and new spaces to lay their heads when it is time to rest.
First-time hamster owners sometimes decide to buy one of these rodents to keep as pet on impulse, leaving them no time to plan and prepare the necessities that will keep their pets happy and healthy.
Without proper planning and preparation, your pet’s comfort and, later, its health may suffer the consequences.
Common Mistakes New Owners Make When Setting A Hamster Bedding And Cage
- Providing an inappropriately sized housing for the hamster. These busybodies need enough space that will allow them to move around. However, if you are in a rush to provide a new house your pet, there is a tendency that you may just opt to use the first available housing and accessories that you can find at the nearest local store.
- Adding toys and accessories not fit to do the job inside the hamster’s cage. You will also need to make sure that there are some toys and other accessories properly arranged inside their cage that will keep them busy while they are awake. Just make sure that you place items that will not only fit perfectly in your pet’s new space, but will also be safe for it. Opt for good quality cages, wheels, hides, and other cage necessities, as this will ensure that your pet will be more comfortable while inside its cage.
- Using inappropriate bedding materials. They also need the right bedding that will not only be safe for your pet but will also provide the best benefit for it. For this reason, you should never use any of the following materials as beddings for your pet hamster: newspaper, pine and cedar wood shavings, cat litter, any scented bedding, and corn cob. These beddings are proven to be either toxic or choking hazards.
- Keeping the hamster’s cage poorly maintained. Another common mistake that new hamster owners commit is failing to keep the rodent’s cage well-maintained. Doing so will not only leave your pet’s cage smelly, but it will also endanger your pet’s overall health.
Cleaning, even sanitizing your pet’s cage is necessary. This includes changing the bedding once it gets soiled. Any food particle should also be thrown away as well. Note that hamsters, or any other animals, are disease-carriers. You and any younger member of the family may get infected by the bacteria and germs present in your pet’s animal’s urine or feces. They may also be transferred through the saliva of your pet, or saliva that have become airborne or ingesting food or dust contaminated by the rodent’s urine.
The contaminants can either be airborne and inhaled or ingested, so you have to make sure that your pet’s new cage gets cleaned whenever necessary. Do not let spoiled beddings unchanged not let leftover food clinging on any part of the cage, bedding, or your pet. This will give you the assurance that both you and your pet will remain safe while your hamster is under your care.
When building a hamster bedding and cage, you need to make sure that essentials for a well-kept hamster are taken in consideration, including the overall look and maintenance of your pet’s cage.