Hamster Guide: Where to Keep a Pet Hamster
Now that you found a new furry friend, you’re looking for all the ways you can give your pet hamster the best life possible. One of the first things to consider is where to put your pet hamster cage.
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Hamsters have incredible hearing and sensitive respiratory systems. Keep in mind things like electronics make noises we can’t hear, but our hamster friends can hear all too well.
In the Beginning
Although you may be very excited to bring your furry friend home, the first week should be quiet and mellow. Moving is stressful for any pet, but especially for one with such sensitive senses as hamsters. It may be a good idea to “quarantine” your hamster for at least a week. Put up “blinders” near two sides of your hamster’s enclosure and keep foot traffic around his home low.
Keep in Mind
There are many factors in finding the best spot for your hamster’s home. Hamsters are active at night. The hamster wheel or chewing may prevent you from getting all your z’s. As with any indoor animal, consider the smell. You should be deep cleaning your hamster’s cage weekly and spot cleaning multiple times a week. Even between cleanings, you may notice a smell.
5 Tips and Reminders
- Somewhere quiet: Hamsters sleep most of the day. They have very good hearing and can detect noises we can’t. Try to keep your pet hamster away from electronics. A low foot traffic area is best.
- Regular lighting: Sporadically turning lights on and off can harm your hamster’s sleep schedule and confuse them. Bright lighting will push your hamster into the darkest, most secure section of their cages.
- Constant temperature: Keep your hamster away from direct sunlight, fireplaces, radiators, air conditioning vents, and damp or draughty areas.
- Sturdy surface: If you have cats, dogs or other pets that may disturb your pet hamster, you’ll need to place your pet off the floor. Hamster’s natural predators are birds. To make your hamster feel safer, try to keep their enclosure at eye level.
- Away from chemicals and dust: The basement and garage may have chemicals and drafts that could harm your pet.
There may not be a single space in your home that meets all these standards. That’s okay. Find the safest area possible for your pet, accommodate his or her needs as best you can and always give your new friend lots of love.
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