Most people who do not have a hamster or have never had one do not realize that hamster care is not really as complicated as they may think it is. There really is not that much that you really need to remember to do to take care of your snuggly little hamster and ensure that he or she or happy, healthy, and well cared for.
You need to remember to feed your hamster every day, refill their water bottle, change their bedding, and keep their cage as clean as you possibly can so that your hamster does not get sick. You also need to make sure that you bathe your hamster once a week to remove all of the dirt and debris from their fur that their own grooming cannot remove.
When it comes to hamster care, the first thing to take care of is feeding your furry little friend a small amount of hamster food every day. The reason that a small amount of food is better than a lot is that these small creatures really do not eat a whole lot of food at any one given time. In fact, they tend to hoard their food, storing it away in pouches in their cheeks which expand to give them a “hammerhead” look until they empty their pouches into their nest!
Although regular hamster food that can be purchased at a pet store is probably sufficient, you may also want to check with a veterinarian or animal care specialist about feeding your hamster fresh vegetables and greens periodically. You can do a research online as well, type something like “Can hamsters have grapes” on Google and you will get detailed answers.
The next part of hamster care is to keep a fresh supply of cool or cold water in their water bottle for them to drink during the day and at night. The importance here is that the hamster will not want to drink warm or stale water any more than you would. This is not very healthy for the hamster at all, and given that hamsters tend to be fairly active, they need fresh water available at all times.
Changing their bedding and cleaning their cage are the next hamster care chores that must be done regularly to keep your hamster healthy and happy. When you go to change the bedding and clean the debris out of their cage, you can put your hamster in their hamster ball and let them run around the house while you clean out the cage. Your hamster will really enjoy the exercise and will return to a nice clean cage, which he will thank you for!