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How to have a healthy, happy hamster

Are you or your kids thinking about getting a hamster? Do you think it’s a lot of work? Well, I’m here to help.

My name is Molly and my hamster’s name is Nugget. Hamsters are funny, smart and cute — they are also very easy to take care of. If you want a small hamster too, the best for you is a Robo Dwarf hamster. Nugget is a long-haired hamster, so he is pretty big and hairy. Hamsters live to about two years or more.

Hear are 8 tips to keep your hamster happy and healthy:

1-Hands-off

When you first get your hamster, don’t touch or hold your furry friend until a week. After that you can start slowly touching him/her.

How to have a healthy, happy hamster

2-Food do’s

Feed the hamster one time a day. I would suggest the Oxbow brand that my dad buys from Petsmart, but any other hamster food will do. Did you know hamsters can also eat: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cucumbers, celery, bok choy and sweet potatoes? Just make sure you peel the skin off before giving to your hamster.

3-Food don’ts

Don’t give your hamster apple seeds and skins, grape seeds, fruit pits, almonds, peanuts, garlic, onions, eggplant and any chocolate or sweets.

How to have a healthy, happy hamster

4-Sing!

Hamsters love when you talk and sing to them. If you sing or talk to him/her they will get used to your voice and won’t be that scared.

5-Drink up

Change your hamster’s water every day with fresh new water.

6- Be Careful

Always keep your door shut– sometimes you might forget to lock the cage or something like that and then he escapes and goes missing in the house. When your door is shut you can find it somewhere hiding in your bedroom

hamster ball from Petsmart

7-Keep fit

Purchase a ball for your hamster to run around in. This also comes in handy for when you’re cleaning their cage.

8- A tidy home

Clean their cage once a week so they can be healthy and your room doesn’t stink like hamster poop!

Now you know how to keep your hamster happy and healthy. I hoped you enjoyed it Stay tuned for my next post .

My name is Molly and I am nine years old. I love owls, singing, playing with my little sister, Zoe, going to Disneyland, reading and writing. I can't wait so share everything I love with you on the blog. I hope you like my posts!

2 Comments

  • Melissa

    September 5, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Hello Molly!

    What a wonderful blog post on hamster care, how much you love your hamster really shines through. I love that have you included what they can’t eat, you’ve done your research to properly care for Nugget and it’s great that you have shared it!

    Did you know that hamsters hibernate when they get cold?
    When my mom was a little girl she had a hamster, and the family believed it had passed away. My grandma put it in a box and put it down near the stove. When they went to get the box with the hamster for the little hamster funeral, he was running around in the box! Haha!

    You can also put a little piece of something that smells like you in their cage (that you don’t mind being ruined) when you first get a hamster to get them used to your smell and make being friends a lot easier =)

    Can’t wait to see what you have for us in the future Molly, keep up the good work.

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