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Does a Hamsters Make a Good Pet? Supplies You Need and Some Tips

Updated on February 28, 2013

Hamsters as Pets

Hamsters make great pets. They are easy to care for. They are becoming more and more popular. These cute, fuzzy pets are great pets for children. My daughter loves pets and taking care of animals. We have had at least 7 hamsters. There's a lot to learn about these little creatures. They are cute and even thought many people may tell you they bite we didn't have any trouble with that. We buy them as babies and as long as your child handles them often they get used to you and don't bite. I would recommend holding them in the store before purchasing them. Some are more aggressive than others. You can tell by holding them in the store before you buy them. Also, do research on the different types. Some types are faster than others so if you want a calm friendly one you can hold you may need to get a certain brand.

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Hamsters

Here is a checklist of things you need.

A good sturdy cage or aquarium

Wood chips

Soft bedding ( for nesting )

A hut/ nesting box

Hamster Ball or wheel

Hamster mix or blocks

Chew blocks

OPTIONAL

Tubes

Toys

Treats

CAGES

The cages bars shouldn't be to far apart. Our first hamster we purchased a cage they pet store told us would be fine for our hamster. However after about a month we found our hamster with its head sticking out between the bars on the cage. It had gotten stuck and died. So don't buy it if you could easily stick your fingers through the bars with extra space. If you can but don't have extra space you should be fine. Cages are easier to clean than Aquariums because of the weight of the glass. Cages tend to smell more if you don't clean it enough.

TOYS

You can use any type of toy as long as its not to small for your hamster( tubes ).Chew blocks are good to keep the teeth from getting sharp.

Things You may need to know

PICKING A HAMSTER

When your at the store try to pick an awake hamster. If they are missing fur or seem sick don't buy it. If all the hamsters are sleeping and don't seem to be well go to another store because they are probably going to die.

TYPES OF HAMSTERS

There are many types of hamsters to buy. We like the silk hamsters or teddy bear hamsters best because they seem to live longer. Russian Dwarf hamsters are good, too.

We have gone through many hamsters and have plenty of experience. Feel free to ask any questions

More reasons a hamster makes a great pet.

We recently purchased a new puppy. Well she is adorable and we love her but what a difference between buying a hamster and a puppy. For starters the hamster doesn't whine half the night and keep you awake. The hamster doesn't need to be potty trained, or cry when left in a room alone. Hamsters are so fun to watch without all the work involved.

BEDDING/LITTER

Use something like Carefresh instead of wood chips. One of our hamsters that we purchased was in an aquarium at the store had pine chips in its cage. We purchased the hamster and then noticed after we got it home that its paws or feet not sure the proper wording but they were swollen. Here my daughter did some research and we found out that some hamsters are allergic to the wood chips. We were going to return the hamster but my daughter wanted to try to save this little guy. So we went and purchased the soft bedding and little buy little it got better.

Now not all hamsters have this problem so its ok to use the wood chips but keep an eye on the hamsters feet if you notice swelling it is most likely the bedding.

FOOD

You could use a brand like Kaytee or any other brand . They come in blocks or mix. My daughters hamster seems to like the mix better probably because of variety. Any food will work.

I recommend buying this for your hamsters cage

We buy this type of bedding for our hamsters cage. Ever since our hamster was allergic to the wood chip type bedding we switched to this type of bedding. Its softer for your pet and it helps with the odor. Its easier to clean up too!

Feel free to ask any questions, if you have any tips or Info or answers,Write it down here!

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    • Joy Neasley profile image

      Joy Neasley 

      5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Hamsters are adorable. I remember mine when I was in high school. They were fun to watch and play with.

    • Joy Neasley profile image

      Joy Neasley 

      5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Hamsters are adorable. I remember mine when I was in high school. They were fun to watch and play with.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      @tlc1210 lm: i dont know

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      i am getting a hamster and i dont know what to pick . its either the silk hamster or the panda hamster

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      i am getting a hamster and i dont know what to pick . its either the silk hamster or the panda hamster

    • dawnsantiquesan profile imageAUTHOR

      dawnsantiquesan 

      7 years ago

      My daughter has allergies. They affect her a little bit. It depends on her allergies and how bad they are. My daughter only sneezes.

    • tlc1210 lm profile image

      tlc1210 lm 

      7 years ago

      Cute lense. I don't know much about hamsters but my daughter has allergies. Would they affect her?

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