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9 Essential Care Tips for Your New Pet Hamster

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Just Purchased A New Hamster? Follow These Helpful Care Tips

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So, you’ve welcomed a furry ball of energy into your home – a pet hamster! These delightful creatures make adorable companions, but like any pet, they require proper care and attention. Here are nine essential tips to ensure your new hamster feels happy, safe, and loved.

1. Choose a Habitat

Your hamster needs a cozy and secure home. Create an engaging habitat with various colors, tubes, and accessories. Consider using Crittertrail tubes to connect multiple habitats for endless configurations. Use bedding that allows for burrowing and provide a chew-proof water bottle.

2. Strategic Placement

Find the right spot for your hamster’s habitat. Place it near the sounds of your family, but avoid loud noises and excessive activity. Ensure the habitat is away from vents or drafty windows to maintain a comfortable temperature.

3. Introduce Gradually

When bringing your new hamster home, cover their habitat with a light cloth for the first few days. This helps them acclimate to their new environment without feeling overwhelmed. Uncover for bonding sessions once they settle in.

4. Patience in Handling

Wait a few days before attempting to pick up your hamster. Allow them time to explore and get accustomed to their surroundings. After a period of providing food and water, they will start to trust you.

5. Diversify Their Diet

Offer a varied diet beyond their regular food. Include small amounts of fruits and vegetables like carrots, squash, broccoli, cucumbers, apples, pears, or berries. Consult your vet for the best dietary recommendations and remember to give treats in moderation.

6. Regular Cleaning

Maintain a balance between cleanliness and comfort. Clean the toilet area daily, spot-change bedding when needed, wipe out the food dish weekly, change water daily, and perform a more thorough habitat cleaning weekly or bi-weekly.

7. Playtime Outside the Habitat

Provide ample out-of-habitat playtime for exercise and bonding. Set up a gated area with toys and treats for exploration. Always supervise your hamster during playtime to ensure their safety.

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8. Bonding Time

Build a strong bond with your hamster through patience, regular feeding, playtime, and gentle talk. Approach them slowly and use a conversational tone to help them recognize your scent and voice as sources of comfort.

9. Handle with Care

When picking up your hamster, use both hands to cradle them gently. Be cautious when putting them down to avoid accidental escapes. Since hamsters are nocturnal, be considerate of the time when handling to respect their natural sleep patterns.

By following these care tips, you’ll be well on your way to providing a happy and healthy life for your new pet hamster. Enjoy the delightful companionship of your furry friend!


Here at Can My Hamster we help people learn all about their fury little friends. What foods they can eat, what things they can do and how to look after them. Please note though, we are not trained Vets we have just looked after Hamsters for many years. So if your hamster is showing any health concerns ensure you get them to a vet as soon as you can.

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