Did you know that May 10th is National Hamster Day? Hammie may not be as popular as Fido and Fluffy, but he’s actually pretty adorable, and can make a great pet. Although hamsters are small, they have pretty big personalities. And, just like any other pet, they absolutely love being pampered! Here, a Los Gatos, CA vet offers advice on spoiling a hamster.
Hamsters need lots of chew toys to keep their teeth healthy. Pick up some new toys for your tiny furball. You can also make your own. Many cardboard, wood, wicker, and paper items are fine. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Hamsters seem to be a bit divided about runabouts, or exercise wheels. Some love them, while others are frightened of them. If you think your pet may enjoy getting out and about, go ahead and try it. Just keep the little guy’s safety in mind. First, choose a ball that is the right size for your pet. You’ll also need to supervise Hammie very closely, and make sure that he can’t roll down stairs or land in a dangerous area, such as near a stove or heater, or in a pool. Last but not least, don’t leave your pet in his ball too long. About 10 minutes is plenty.
Hammie may be tiny, but he’s got a pretty healthy appetite. Go ahead and give your little buddy a snack. Some good options are carrots, grapes, tomatoes, cooked egg, mealworms, dog biscuits, peaches, apples, cherries, and mangos. Ask your vet for more information.
Exercise wheels are great fun for pocket pets! Just be sure to choose a solid wheel. The wire ones can cause paw or tail injuries.
Hamsters are quite tiny, and are easily frightened, so it’s important for them to have little hidey-holes to retreat to when they feel scared. Why not get your furry pal a new house? If you want to go all-out, get Hammie a bigger habitat!
You can buy Hammie a little labyrinth, but you can also make one out of PVC pipe or cardboard boxes. Just keep your pet to a confined area: you don’t want him to escape!
Please contact us, your local Los Gatos, CA local vet clinic, with any questions about hamster care. We’re here to help!