What care does a Russian hamster need?

Small in size and easy to handle, it is a very easy pet to take care of, knowing its needs and character, making it the first choice when looking for a first pet for children. Therefore, it becomes the first choice when looking for a first pet for children. Do you want to find out what a Russian hamster looks like and what care it needs? Let’s see it!

If there is one thing that characterizes the Russian hamster, besides the fact that it measures less than 10 centimeters, it is its fur. It is soft and of different colors: brown and gray, with black stripes on the back and sides and white on the abdomen.

The character of the Russian hamster

Its temperament is calm and it is usually friendly with other hamsters and also with pets of other species. It spends most of its time sleeping and that is why you should place its cage in a quiet area of the house. Of course, note: the Russian hamster is active at night so that is the time you should take advantage of to play with him and give him cuddles.

The cage, ventilated and away from direct light

Among the care that a Russian hamster needs is to have a cage where it can eat, relax and be calm. Inside it you should place sawdust (for its needs) and containers for food and water. Also remember to include a plastic wheel (without slits to prevent him from hurting himself) where he can exercise whenever he wants; also add a calcium tablet to gnaw on. The cage should be placed in a quiet place in the house, with ventilation and out of direct sunlight.

What Russian hamsters eat

The basis of the diet of this small rodent is a processed food formulated specifically for the Russian hamster, which can be purchased at pet stores. This food can also be supplemented with raw greens, fruits and vegetables in small amounts several times a week.

Our recommendation is to offer corn, apples, seeds, broccoli and nuts, washed, peeled and chopped in small portions. What you should never give him is sweets or sweet foods or lettuce because it causes diarrhea. An important tip: Make sure that the animal has fresh water every day and that the water bowl is never empty.

Daily physical exercise and pampering

Among the care that a Russian hamster needs is physical exercise and affection.  For this reason, it should be taken out of its cage every day in order to jugar con él y mimarle. If you do not do it, he could develop an aggressive attitude and bite you. If you want to give him a space to run around and exercise every day, prepare an enclosed (and fenced) space for him to do it safely. We recommend that you do not leave him loose unattended because he can get lost, hurt or accidentally crushed.

Cage hygiene

Cage cleanliness is the main hygiene key to avoid bacterial diseases and infections of the Russian hamster. To do this, remove the rodent’s solid waste every day to keep the sawdust clean. You should also clean the food and water bowls every day. In addition, you should carry out a thorough cleaning of the cage with a low-odor detergent. After cleaning, it is important to dry it well.

If we talk about hygiene, the hamster also needs to be groomed so agradecerá un baño de arena. To do this, place a bowl for half an hour every day with special sand (such as that used with chinchillas) or beach sand so that it can dive and wallow to its heart’s content. Now that you know what this little rodent needs… Don’t you already have a clear idea of the corner where you are going to place its cage?

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