Hamsters make good pets because they are easy to care for and they don’t require much. Once you have set up their habitat, you can leave them be.
You don’t have to look after them as you would a dog or a cat because they are very independent. All you need to remember is to feed them on time and to clean up their cage once a week.
It’s also a good thing that they relieve themselves in only one spot because it makes for easy cleanup.
Here are some fun facts about hamsters:
- Hamsters are crepuscular, which means they are only active between dusk and dawn. They are less active when the sun is up.
- Hamsters can respond to their names. If they hear it often enough, they can learn to associate themselves with their names and react to them.
- Their teeth continually grow. They need to nibble on their toys to wear them down, otherwise, their overgrown teeth would become an inconvenience to them.
- Hamsters thrive in regulated temperatures. Extreme cold or extreme heat can make them ill and uncomfortable, so make sure the temperature is just right for them.
- Hamsters need plenty of exercise because they are caged 24/7. Make sure to provide a wheel where they can do their cardio and a hamster ball for a safe and supervised trip around the house.
- Hamsters have an incredible sense of smell and hearing to compensate for their poor eyesight.
- Hamsters have a habit of digging, so make them happy by throwing in some crumpled paper and wood shavings inside their cage. However, do not use pine or cedarwood because the fumes from these woods are dangerous to them.
- Hamsters have special pockets in their cheeks where they can store their food. Think Kangaroo pockets but inside the mouth.
- Their name is derived from the German word “hamstern,” which means to hoard or to accumulate.
- In rare cases, hamsters can give birth to as much as 24 pups. Although 7 pups are the average size of their litter, they can have more.
Being smart, independent, and fragile are some of the facts we know about hamsters. Before being domesticated, they survived in the wild by knowing how to hide, how to discreetly transport their food, and how to use their heightened senses to be aware of predators.
Nowadays, hamsters are one of the small animals who have learned how to adapt in a caged environment.
Deep down, they still see themselves as prey, and they perceive any large creature (including you) as predators. Never startle them, handle them gently, and make them feel safe always.