How To Take Care Of Dwarf Hamsters

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hi my name's Marie I'm the deputy

manager of the small animal department

of Wood green animal shelters in

Cambridge here and I'm going to advise

you how to care for hamsters

I'm going to tell you how to care for a

Dorf hamster dwarf hamsters can be

housed in pairs in some cases they don't

get on so please always monitor them if

it's your first time that you're taking

a pair of hamsters home to offer

hamsters we'll need laughs large

accommodation even though they're small

animals they still travel on far

distance in the wild so you need to be

able to mimic this for them I'm just

going to put this one back in her cage

so when you're choosing a suitable cage

for a dwarf hamster it's best to go for

a claw a glass one or a large plastic

aquarium you'll need it to have a mesh

lid or at least mesh sides so that

you've got plenty ventilation going

through there as Russian hamsters are

small like hand squeeze through barred

cages so it's much safer to go for a

glass tank like this tanks like these

are around Fleury 3/2 in length and that

is a really good size or a little bit

bigger but please don't go any smaller

as I mentioned even though they're small

hamsters they still need a lot of space

this one has three levels in it and

hamsters can travel up and down into

different areas you can provide them

with ladders tubes and all sorts of

things to climb up and down on for them

to get into their bedding for the base

of your accommodation the best product

to use is shredded paper as you can see

in this cage here the other product you

could use is carefresh and that's

basically chopped chopped egg carton

both of these products are safe against

skin issues and allergies never use wood

shavings for your hamsters these can

cause skin issues and they can cause

breathing issues in you and your

hamsters so please avoid word shavings

you'll also need to consider suitable

bedding to go into their houses so a

soft tissue paper is absolutely fine to

be going into their different sleeping

areas avoid the cotton ball types as

often these can wrap around their toes

and can get confined in their pouches so

the best type is the long soft tissue

paper you can use different substrates

on the different areas here we've got

some chinchilla sand for them to dig

around in you could also offer them a

small amount of organic soil for them to

have dig around in as well so you could

give them a bit of a variety it's really

important that you can provide the your

hamsters with lots of in Richmond

in the wild they'll be traveling

underneath tunnels climbing onto

different rocks and moving in amongst

different plants so try to mimic this a

wheel will provide them with that extra

bit of exercise but you need to add on

to this so tunnels houses you can even

use things from your house so children's

toys are fantastic for home hamsters

they can hide in them climb around in

them you could even use small things

like CD racks even a cup and saucer be

fine for them to climb in and out of and

sleep into as well when feeding your

dwarf hamster you want to choose a plain

dry mix for your hamsters made up of

various cereals it can even have a small

amount of dried meal worm in there as

well hamsters love this choose one

certain type of dry mix and add into it

you can add things like cat biscuits

small amounts of Apple twigs and

brilliant for their teeth they can also

feed on pastas and rice and they can

also have small amounts of dandelion

leaves of fresh food when you are

feeding the food scatter it around the

accommodation don't use a bowl your

hamsters could get fat and they are

going to get bored so encourage natural

behavior encourage foraging place it

around in the cage hide it in tunnels

make the work for it make them think

about where it might be when you need to

clean your hamsters this should be done

once a week

remove the hamsters and place them in a

pet carrier and make sure it's

completely secure and place some of

their bedding inside there as well so

they've got some of their own to smell

remove all the toys from the cage and

completely spray it down with the pet

disinfectant wipe this all down and set

it up fresh with new fresh bedding and

fresh toys don't be afraid to add in new

toys rearrange things keep it

interesting for them if a house and the

tube is in the same place is really

boring for them so think about it make

it exciting and make them work for where

they're going to as they would in the

wild also health care for your hamsters

you will need to help check them once a

week whilst you're handing them

obviously still feel for any lumps and

bumps and any changes may be in their

diet as well if there's any concerns

take them straight to your vets and

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