Day #2 of the A-Z Challenge
B is for bad, so I will list what not to do when looking after your hamster.
- Don't give your hamster more than the recommended amount of treats (as on the back of most treat packets)
- Use a metal hamster wheel - this can give their feet bad blisters, called bumbles
- Use fuzzy bedding, it can trap the hamsters limbs or suffocate them, stick to paper strips or other bedding like that
- If taking photos of your hamster, do not use flash, as this can badly damage their eyes
- Make loud noises or unexpected, jerky movements when holding your hamster
- If you own Syrian hamsters, don't let any share the same cage! They are very territorial, and could easily kill each other!
- Don't buy your hamster a really small cage, she needs to be able to run around a bit and get some exercise.
- Let your hamster fall from high heights
- Make loud noises (hamsters have very sensitive hearing)
- Pick up your hamster while she/he is sleeping
- Make quick or jerky movements
- Do not try to wake your hamster with a small poke, as your hamster may think it is food and will probably bite
- Don't place your cage near anywhere drafts.
- Make sure cats and other pets can't reach the cage. This will keep your hamster safe.
- Try to keep your hamster's cage away from direct and bright sunlight or radiators. This will prevent the cage from over-heating.
- Try to put your hamster's cage somewhere quiet; your hamster will prefer that to somewhere noisy.
Some of this information has previously been used on this blog.