Choosing The Right Cage For Your Hamster

by Nelson Gaona - Date: 2009-10-03 - Word Count: 745 Share This!

Digging and nesting is what hamsters enjoy doing the most, it's what they do in their natural environment because it's part of their survival instinct. So if you want to own a happy hamster, then you'll need to have a area where your pet hamster can nest & tunnel 'till their hearts content. There are some options to setting up such an environment, If you already have an enclosure you could simply lay about 2.5 inches of shredded paper or tissue paper, at the base of the cage giving their resting area an additional layer of lining. Or if you don't have a cage or you would like to build a separate play area for your hamster, you can stuff a big empty waste bin with torn toilet paper so your pet hamster can burrow & tunnel as much as they want. If you are going to do it this way, with a bin, remember to leave plenty of space at the top of the bin so your pet hamster does not run away.

A much easier way to let your hamster tunnel & nest, without it getting messy, is to get a hamster cage with built in tunnels & nesting areas. This makes things much less messy, with out all the paper shavings and clearing the cage would be much simpler. All you would have to concentrate on then would be to simply supply your hamster adequate nesting supplies so he can create a cosy nesting environment.

An excellent nesting area will create the perfect environment for your hamster to hide away & retreat when it feels frighten. Hamsters can be apprehensive little creators by nature so it's incredibly imperative for them to have an area were they can withdraw to for some quiet time, you will notice your pet hamster will be a lot less stressed, a lot more content & better off because of this.

When considering what type of supplies to use for your hamster to dig & tunnel in, be certain to stay away from all materials with tiny fibres, like cotton wool for example. As hamsters enjoy chewing on anything they can get their tiny hands on, keeping these types of materials away from them will save them from digestive troubles & any severe disease. Another great bit of info is when you're cleaning out the hamster cage, and you're cleaning out all the used nesting materials, be certain to leave some of the used shavings in amongst the new fillings, this will lower the likelihood of your pet hamster becoming too frazzled by the change in their atmosphere.

Potty training your hamster is much simpler than you imagine, it is really quite an uncomplicated thing to achieve. The first thing you should do is after a couple of weeks from first getting your hamster, pay close attention to where your hamster is leaving a large portion of the litter. After you've figured out what area of the cage all of the waste is going, you can either add an extra layer of paper there or, you can get yourself a tray large enough to cover the area and pack the tray with pellet kitty litter. don't use cat litter that goes all clammy, get the pellet type of cat litter so that your hamster does not swallow the droppings & make them selves ill. Before you know it your pet hamster will be utilizing the litter tray and your days of changing a messy cage with be over.

Are you aware that hamsters teeth keep growing all their lives. That's why it is so crucial to get your hamster enough toys to chew on to satisfy its chewing needs. If you don't your pet hamster's teeth will grow to a length were your hamster will find it difficult to chew & eat their food. Any good pet store will stock a good selection of chewing toys for your hamster but be certain to get soft chewy toys and keep away from treated wooden toys as they can give your pet hamster serious health problems if digested. In case your hamster snaps off a tooth, the best thing to do is cut the longer tooth with a pare of clippers so that their teeth are of similar size. Doing this will eradicate any irritation that your hamster will go through when eating. Cutting your pet hamsters teeth is a very uncomplicated pros eager and does not bring any pain to your hamster in any way, if anything you're doing your hamster a great service

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