Hamster Supply Needs? This pet care sheet will help you prepare to share your home with your hamster. The following are basic supplies every hamster owner should consider. Congrats on your decision to become a pet hamster owner, it's very rewarding.
Food & Health: Pellets or mixed seeds and grains are the staple of a healthy hamster diet. You can add fresh produce to your pet's diet as an occasional treat. Hamster favorites include acorns, apple slices, green beans, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber slices, peas and turnips. Ask your vet about supplementing the diet with vitamins and mineral tablets. Read the full list of approved hamster foods HERE.
Habitat: Your biggest investment will be a hamster cage. I've written in depth about hamster habitats so be sure to read up on all of the nuances involved with giving your hamster a good home. A basic hamster habitat will give your pet hamster enough room to sleep, exercise and nest.
Choose a good location for your hamster's habitat, away from any stress factors. A reliable water bottle and food bowl are necessary and a second bowl to catch any bottle leakage is also a good idea.
A solid hamster wheel is recommended to help your hamster get some exercise.
A hamster ball is also recommended to hold your pet during weekly bedding changes. If your home has stairs or larger pets that might play with the ball place the ball in a safe location, such as a bedroom, with the door closed. For their own safety do not let hamsters roam freely unattended because they will burrow into walls or other areas and get lost.
For The Owner: I highly recommend you invest in a few good hamster books because the more you know about your pet the better home you can provide. Hamsters are more fragile than cats and dogs but when properly taken care of they are robust in their own way. Take the time to seek out a good veterinarian in your area with experience in hamster care.