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Hamsters - Other Needs


Hamsters love to run about and they need plenty of space to exercise.  Wheels are a popular addition but it’s so important to check the wheel is big enough so that your hamster doesn’t bend its back.  We also now know to avoid rungs and have a solid floor.

Although hamsters sleep during the day, they will exercise for up to four hours at night. You should add objects like tubes and boxes for it to play with – plus a few wooden blocks for it to chew and gnaw.

In the wild, hamsters forage for and hoard food.  So, it’s a good idea to hide little bits of food to keep them entertained throughout the day.


Hamsters are very small and fragile, which means that they are unsuitable for small children. 

The most common types are the Syrian (Golden) Hamster, which are solitary creatures and must be kept alone.  Most Dwarfs on the other hand are sociable and can be kept in groups.  Make sure that they are single sex groups or you could end up with lots of babies. And keep a close check as they can fall out and fight! 


An owner should regularly check your hamster is healthy and happy.  You can do this by monitoring if there are any changes in eating, drinking, toilet habits and his / her behaviour or appearance.

If you are concerned about your ferret’s health, we always advise you see your vet. 

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