Keeping a Dwarf Hamster as a pet is really not too hard but there are some things to bear in mind. Selecting a size that would fit in well with you and your family is extremely important.
When having a hamster for a pet you will need to have adequate housing. An owner is quite aware how long a hamster spends awake before the exercise wheel can have an annoying squeak. When you have listened to two hours or more straight due to an exercise wheel you will know precisely what I am talking about.
Keeping a dwarf hamster for a pet also means you will need to keep the hamster cage clean and dry. When choosing a hamster cage to search for one that is easy to clean. Although the larger and better ones are so much cooler it’s not cool when you spend hours trying to put is together after a washing. A good size cage that allows plenty of room and toys is more than sufficient for dwarf hamster to live comfortably and be happy. Having to purchase the coolest looking cage may also get you plenty of work and scrubbing.
Keeping a dwarf hamster as a pet also means you will have to think of the cost of food. Hamsters are often fed a pellet food. Some add some seed mix to the pellet mix. For snacks the hamster can have vegetables and fruits. Also it is good to introduce a new food slowly to the hamster. An overload on something really good can cause stomach upset and a hamster with the runs. And this isn’t going to be fun if you must pull apart the dwarf hamster condo.
When keeping a dwarf hamster for a pet it’s perfectly fine to have the kid watch from a distance and not try and pick them up. There are occasions when hamsters get scared and will sting. This is not a sign of aggression but telling you that he’s fearful and this is the only way he must protect himself.
Earning the confidence of a hamster does not take long. Sometimes when the hamster appears to be tired or nippy it is best to hold off the interaction. A hamster that doesn’t want to be bothers will not be to responsive to new commands. When attempting to maintain your skittish hamster it is okay to use treats to win him over. This allows the dwarf hamster know that you’re not there to hurt him but rather to feed him something good.
Remember to always have clean water available in his water bottle. Because they are very active and so small it would not take too much time for him to fall sick and dehydrated.
Keeping a dwarf hamster as a pet include things you should know and are very basic. The local vet can give you a few pointers on handling and increasing hamsters.
When choosing your hamster to bring home watch for any signs of illness. If the hamster looks lethargic and is smaller than his littermate’s, chances are there is something brewing or moving on. If you get him settled in and he still doesn’t eat after a day a call to the vet is warranted. You may even be told it’s from the car ride going home for the first time.
By heeding the warnings about what to watch for while keeping a dwarf hamster as a pet then all should be fine. Although they are tiny these small creatures have an awesome personality; they still need the ideal care and proper home.