How to Avoid Hamster Death and Injury

Hamsters are very little and cute animals, and they become very good pet too. Now, if you have kids in your house, they get attracted to hamster for their playful nature and small size. Sometimes, they want to hold them in their hands and mistakenly create trouble for them. Hamsters get injured, and that may lead to death. Also, there are other reasons for injuries, like falling from a height, not installing the right sized wheel and so on.

 

Usually, a hamster lives up to 3 years (approx.). If your hamster is growing old and dying, there is not much you can do. Yes, you can take it to the vet and extend its lifespan, but death will come inevitably. But, what you can do is to avoid injuries and fatal result from it. Keeping a pet is a great responsibility, and you should be ascertaining of that. How to keep your hamster away from injuries and death? Let’s find out-

  1. Don’t allow children below six years to hold hamsters into their hand. If they get irritated, they can nip your fingers and children, out of fear, may throw it. Falling from a height may cause injury to the hamsters.
  1. Buy large wheel for them to play. You may think a hamster is a little animal, so you need a small wheel for it. You are going all wrong. A hamster always runs, keeping its back straight. A small wheel may lead it to bend its back which may cause back pain and spinal injuries. If not treated earlier, it can die. Buy a wheel depending on the species of hamster you have.
  1. Avoid handling it too much. Hamsters don’t like it. And also any mishandling can cause serious injuries to them. As their bones are fragile, they easily get broken. Don’t let your pet suffer such a pain.
  1. Do you have a cat in your house? You should be very careful about your hamster. Don’t let your cat even roam around its and injure the hamster.
  1. If children or even you hold a hamster, you should be aware of appropriate knowledge about holding it and treating it. If children want to hold it, let them sit on the bed and then touch and hold it.
  1. Always use tanks to make hamster house instead of wired cages. If you have a wire cage, make sure the ends are cut well so that it never pierce inside the hamster’s body. Even a little prick can be fatal to your little friend.
  1. Though hamster balls often suffocate them, you can buy one that is appropriate to its size. A hamster ball will help hamster to roam around your house and explore it. Buy one according to the species.
  1. Hamster fighting is another possible reason for serious injuries in the hamster. Never put two hamsters together. They are a loner, and they don’t like companies. Whenever you put them together, they will fight, and these fights can be fatal as one can be killed by the other.

Choosing best hamster cage

Choosing the right cage for your hamster inflicts a positive effect on the health and well-being of your hamster. It is very important to keep some of the few key points before bringing home the cage that you might think is the best for your hamster. There are literally some of the cages which might seem best but might not be. We have enlisted some of the most important factors that should be kept in mind while buying a cage for your hamster.

  • The cage should be of the right size:

This is probably the most important thing that needs to be kept in mind when buying a hamster cage. The size plays an important role, and if the cage is not of the perfect dimensions, the hamster is most likely to feel trapped and suffocated which also reflects on its well-being. The standard size for a cage is around 18x13x25 inches in width, height, and length respectively. It is important to note that the size of the cage varies on how small or big the hamster is. Some countries have their own size recommendations, but all of them suggest using one of the large hamster cages. It is very important to have spacious cages because hamsters are very territorial and also tend to select different areas for different activities of their daily life.

  • Proper ventilation:

The next thing to look for in a cage is proper ventilation. A cage which is not properly ventilated will start accumulating a lot of ammonia which is turn makes the environment a lot toxic for the hamster to stay in. these increase in toxicities might also hamper the hamster’s health and result in several respiratory problems. It has also been seen that lack of ventilation increases the bacterial growth which in turn affects the hamster’s health.

  • A cage which can be cleaned easily:

A hamster’s cage should be cleaned at least once or twice a week which might increase depending on the size of the cage. It is very important to buy cages which can be easily cleaned, and it has also been found that the wire cages are the best option for that. The plastic and the aquarium type cages need more tending and cleaning because of its improper ventilation. It is also important to have a secondary cage in which you can put the hamster in a while cleaning the cage.

It is best to know what the best type is:

There is no cage that is set the standard for all the hamster types. The cages for the hamster depend on the type of the breed they are from. While the Syrian hamsters might suit in one, the dwarf hamsters need a different one. Since the dwarf hamsters are really small in size, the best for them is the plastic or the aquarium cages through which they wouldn’t be able to pass easily. The wire cages, on the other hand, are a good choice for the Syrian hamsters. It is thus best to know about the different kinds of cages before you proceed actually to buy one.

Dwarf hamster

Dwarf hamsters are clean, attractive, and friendly animals and have high energy levels. These include Chinese, Russian, Djungarian, and Roborovski hamsters. An adult dwarf hamster has an average length of two to four inches depending on their gene. They feed on plants and can live for about two to three years if given proper care.

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Diet and Feeding

Dwarf hamsters eat a balanced diet that includes lab blocks for hamsters and little portions of grains, fruits, vegetables, and Timothy hay. They should be given clean and filtered water that is replaced regularly. Avoid giving them caffeine, alcohol, sugar and high-fat food as they may lead to serious health problems.

When feeding a dwarf hamster, you need to remember that fresh water is always available for them. Ensure that a limited portion of grains, not more than 10%, is to be fed daily. Also, food that is left uneaten must be disposed of after 24 hours.

Housing

Dwarf hamsters quickly adapt themselves to average household temperatures, but they are very sensitive to sharp changes in the temperature. Their environment should be plastic, metal, or glass and must have enough space for them to move around. A little crumbled paper bedding should be kept in their little home and make sure they have partners of the same kind housed together.

Habitats of dwarf hamsters must be cleaned properly at least once a week with a diluted bleach solution. Wash and completely dry the area before putting the hamster back. Change bedding and remove wet spots when needed.

Behavior

Hamsters are nocturnal creatures, meaning they rest during the day and stay awake at night. They are easy to handle and least expected to bite. They chew on objects such as wood chew sticks to maintain their incisors that keep on growing.

As mentioned earlier, hamsters are clean animals and seldom need a bath, but they can be cleaned using a moist washcloth or baby wipes if necessary.

Health

Your hamster is perfectly healthy if it is active and walking normally. Regular eating and drinking, having healthy fur and clear eyes, and breathing without any difficulty are all signs of a healthy dwarf hamster.

On the other hand, diarrhea, weight loss, hair loss, and troubled breathing are not good signs. You immediately need to see a vet if you notice eye or nasal discharge, or skin wounds on your pet.

Now that you know all the essential points of a dwarf hamster, choose sensibly and good luck for your new pet!

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