Hamsters were living in relative obscurity until just 70 years ago when a zoologist discovered a family of these rodents in the Syrian Desert. Today, hamsters' friendly nature and adaptability have placed them among America's most popular small pet.
2. Give them their privacy
Hamsters are solitary creatures who must be kept in separate quarters. They will most likely fight if they are forced to share space. Even hamsters housed in quiet small-animal rooms still need hiding places within their tanks to feel secure in their surroundings. Empty tissue boxes and toilet paper rolls can be used for both burrowing and chewing. Hamsters are notorious nibblers.
3. Stock the pantry
Hamsters have high metabolism and should have constant access to food and water. Some hamsters like to sit in their food dishes, so use a heavy ceramic dish to decrease the likelihood of food spillage and prevents them from chewing on the dish. Hamsters enjoy a varied diet that includes grain and seed mixtures made especially for hamsters as well as certain kinds of fruits and vegetables, including spinach, lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, apples, and other fruits. Stay away from raw beans, apple seeds, sprouting potato buds, parsley, and green parts of tomatoes, they are all foods that can be poisonous to hamsters.
4. Practice good housekeeping
Hamsters sleeping hours are during the day, so schedule cleaning, feeding, and handling in the evening. Bedding should be changed twice a week. When handling a hamster, always hold it over a surface such as a tabletop or your lap in case it manages to wiggle out of your hands.