Cover of Hamsters (1st Pets Series)
Most hamsters are natives of Syria. They were first introduced as pets in 1948. Since that time they have become very popular small pets. They are perfect apartment pets and they are great pets for children. They sleep during the day and are active at night. Most people are at home at night so this works out perfectly. They are a wonderful family member and an excellent pet.
If you have decide you want a hamster for a pet you need to get all the supplies you will need before you bring your hamster home. Hamsters are chewers and burrowers so choose their new home carefully.
You will need a cage or aquarium. It must be at least 15 inches long by 12 inches high. This will do for 1 hamster or 2 dwarf hamsters. Get the biggest cage you can. The bigger your hamsters cage the happier he will be. Be sure to get a cage that is easy to clean. You must keep your hamster clean in order for him to stay healthy and happy. You will need bedding for the bottom of the cage where your hamster can burrow. You will need a water bottle or dish. There will be less mess with a water bottle. You will also need a food dish. The hamster will need areas where he can hide and sleep. The hamster will need toys. Hamsters love to chew so will need to get them some chew toys. An exercise wheel would be great. Ramps and tunnels are also very good. Hamsters are active and they like to exercise and explore.
The hamster food should be pellets or seeds and grain. They also like alfalfa cubes. They also eat acorns, apples, bananas, green beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, zucchini, cucumbers, grapes, kale, oranges, peas, spinach, sweet potatoes and turnips. They also need vitamin, mineral and calcium supplements. They also like treats.