Caring for hamsters, naturally

The way that you care for and interact with your hamster should reflect their natural behaviour as a prey species. How does this influence their behaviour of hamsters in the home?

  • Can be easily startled or frightened
  • In the wild roam vast distances to look for food, so require space
  • May mask signs of illness – making it difficult to tell when they are ill
  • Nocturnal and like to play at night

Use this understanding to find ways to keep them happy and healthy…

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Why our hamster foods are second to none

Hamster diets don’t just deliver nutrition but taste and enjoyment too. Hamsters are active chewers and need to do so to keep their constantly growing teeth trimmed.

  • Wholegrain goodness – for active chewing
  • No added sugar – tasty because of the flavour of high-quality natural ingredients
  • Nutritionally balanced with all the vitamins and minerals they need

Frequently asked questions
 about Hamsters

Is it hard to take care of a hamster?

Hamsters are one of the easiest pets to look after. A hamster cage can have quite a small footprint in your house, making it easy to squeeze into a small space but you can cater for a hamster’s wanderlust by adding on tunnels and platforms to explore. A wheel (closed not barred) can even allow them to cover miles while not moving from the spot. It’s also possible to bury cardboard tubes into substrate from them to burrow safely underground. Their cage should be cleaned daily and food and water provided. And if you go away for a few days (within your own country), your hamster can often come with you!

 

Should hamsters be kept in pairs?

No, not all hamsters should be kept in pairs. Syrian hamsters (the most common form of a hamster) are well known for being anti-social with other hamsters and will fight – sometimes to the death. Other types of hamster are more compatible and can be kept in pairs or groups, usually of the same sex, especially if introduced when young.

 

What is the best food for a hamster?

Hamsters are omnivores and need a mix of food to keep them healthy. Kibbles or nuggets made especially to meet their nutritional needs are a great starting point. They can also be given small amounts of fresh green leafy vegetables, berries, stoned fruits and even cooked eggs and cottage cheese. Fresh water should always be provided.

 

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Need to know more?

For more detailed information about Hamsters, you can contact us and we will get back to you with our experts’ advice. However,
 if you have any concerns about the health and well-being of your hamster, you should seek veterinary advice immediately. The RSPCA has also provided many helpful hamster guides you can find here.