Caring for a dwarf hamster is very simple. Daily care is limited to feeding them, changing their drinking water, checking for leftover food, and either playing or letting them run free. Hamsters also love to go outside. However, you should be cautious not to let them fall. Here are some other tips to consider when taking care of your dwarf hamster:
Daily: Feeding, drinking fresh water, removing food residue, checking on dwarf hamsters.
Weekly: Thoroughly clean bottles, food bowls, and every nook and cranny of their cage
Monthly: change interior of the cage
Dwarf hamsters’ incisors are constantly growing. They need to be nibbled on and worn out. Their molars do not grow, but if something goes wrong with their incisors, their molars can be damaged. Therefore, it is essential to check the condition of their teeth at least once a month. Always provide your dwarf hamster with good chewing material. If there are problems with overgrown teeth, the following symptoms can be expected.
-Lack of appetite or absence of appetite
-Unpleasant odor from the mouth
Many dwarf hamsters like to bathe in chinchilla sand once every few days. These sand baths help keep the hamster’s coat beautiful, soft, and clean. Most of the time, they love to roll around on the sand.
Sand has an abrasive and cleansing effect, which helps keep their coats clean. Sand also has a cooling effect, making it more comfortable on hot days. If you use hummus or rabbit sand in addition to chinchilla sand, the temperature will be lower than chinchilla sand, and your hamster will be able to lie down comfortably.
Care During Hot Days
Proper care in hot weather is critical. Hamsters can quickly develop a fever if the outside or indoor temperature becomes too high. If you cool them down, the animals will be delighted.
Several signs indicate that a hamster is hot. They often look for a cooler place in their enclosure and are rarely indoors because it is often too hot. You may also notice that they are a little more elongated.
Fortunately, there are various types of cooling products available today, including cooling stones. These are granite stones that always stay cool. Therefore, you do not need to put it in the refrigerator or freezer to keep it cool at all times. If your hamster doesn’t like to sleep on the outdoor cooling stone, you can put an open-bottomed house on top of it to make it a little safer for him.
Special houses that can cool hamsters are now available. Some often have a roof made of cool stones, and others can be made of cool ceramics or a good combination of both. For instance, your hamsters can be placed in igloo-shaped ceramic houses with pre-formed cooling stones at the bottom.
Care During Cold Days
If all goes well, your hamsters won’t even notice that it’s winter. However, the temperature may drop rapidly at night, and hamsters may get cold. The best solution is to provide warm nesting materials so that the animals can build a warm nest.
If it is freezing, for example, consider heating pillows or other heating devices. You can also place such items in an enclosure, but this is not recommended as animals hide indoors. This can also be a godsend for sick and weakened animals that cannot maintain an average body temperature. Also, sick and weakened hamsters need the energy to recover, so heat for support is very welcome.
You can now take better care of your hamster!