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Keeping a Dwarf Hamster As a Pet – Things You Should Know

Keeping a Dwarf Hamster As a Pet – Things You Should Know

Here is some free advice about your being a good owner for your dwarf hamster.

Tip #1

Deciding to get a pet dwarf hamster should be a family decision. While it may be your child who wants the pet, as parents, you need to make contingency plans if your child loses interest or does a poor job caring for it.

Before you get the animal, you and your family need to talk it over. Discuss the daily and weekly requirements, and get commitment from the potential dwarf-hamster-keeper that he or she will carry out these jobs. If need be, write out a weekly schedule.

Tip #2

Dwarf hamsters do not make good gifts. In fact, they should never be given as surprise presents. As was discussed in Tip #1, deciding to acquire and care for a new pet hamster should be a family decision that is not taken lightly.

Tip #3

Loud noises stress your dwarf hamster. Because the creature has sensitive hearing, unexpected loud noises will be considered potential danger. As much as possible, insulate your pet from barking dogs and crying children. If there are new outside noises (such as lawn mowers or construction projects), then move your dwarf hamster’s cage to a different part of the house to muffle the sound.

Tip #4

Your new pet is going to chew anything and everything that it can. Human fingernails and toenails grow continuously, and we occasionally need to trim them. Your dwarf hamster has not only continuously growing toenails, but it also has continuously growing teeth! As a result, it must regularly gnaw on objects to keep them from becoming too long. Pieces of cardboard and unfinished wood are suitable objects to provide your hamster for this need. Expect, however, that anything that is within reach of your dwarf hamster will be chewed. This includes plastic toys and plastic enclosures. It also includes any nearby plants with foliage that can be reached. For this reason, it is important that you move (or better yet remove) all poisonous plants from the area.

Tip #5

As was stated in tip #4, your hamster’s toenails grow continuously and will occasionally need to be trimmed. They will wear somewhat as it moves throughout his day, however, you should pay attention to them when you do your regular hamster well-being check.

Tip #6

Your pet needs to run. It is not a choice. Its body is designed to run several miles (kilometers) each night in search of food. When it is in captivity, it no longer needs to travel this far for food, but the instinct and the need to run is not diminished. Hence, it is important that you provide your dwarf hamster with a free-spinning wheel that it can use to satisfy the urge to run.