When thinking of what your child’s first pet should be, a hamster often springs to mind. After all, they are small, don’t require walking and are easy to care for….aren’t they?

A hamster is actually a great pet for children to learn about caring for someone else and to give them some responsibility. However, it is important to ensure that they are doing everything right for the small furry bundle, in order to ensure that they live a good, healthy life as a part of your family.

What type of hamster should I choose?

It is important to choose a hamster that will be friendly, especially if you have children.

  • A Dwarf hamster does not like to be handled roughly, so best avoided if you have young children who may not understand.
  • If you choose a dwarf hamster try the Russian variety, as they are sociable and quite lively.
  • A Syrian hamster will make a great pet, once you have got it used to being handled. It will eventually love to play with you.

How long will a hamster live for?

Hamsters generally live for around 2 years, although they can sometimes live longer if they are cared for really well.

Is a hamster expensive to buy?

Usually hamsters are not expensive to buy and can be found at any good pet shop. However, you will need to take into account the cost of buying a cage, running wheel and ball, as well as the running costs of food and bedding. 

What equipment do I need for my new hamster?

A hamster may be small, but it will need a proper home and accessories in order to settle in and live a healthy life.

  • A spacious cage
  • Running wheel for exercise
  • Food and drink dishes
  • Bedding
  • Nutritious food
  • Munchable snacks
  • A ball for exercising around the house
  • Tubes and tunnels to run through
  • Toys to play with and to chew

How do I care for my hamster?

  • Clean out their bedding on a regular basis
  • If they choose a particular toilet area within their cage, change this daily
  • Change their water daily
  • Empty the cage and wipe it down weekly, as well as any toys and tubes
  • Make sure your hamster has plenty of playtime outside of the cage
  • Handle your hamster with care, gradually building up the time that you hold it

A hamster will be a wonderful addition to your family and as long as you treat it well, it will love you back!

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Post By Kimberley Roderick