Allie’s Pet Corner has a large variety of hamsters to choose from. Allie’s Pet Corner raises our hamsters from birth, making sure they are healthy and tame before you bring one into your home. There is a variety of hamsters to choose from, come on in and play with one today!
Cage & Habitat
Your pet hamster requires a safe cage that provides room to run around, exercise, eat, and sleep. You can provide this as simply or as lavishly as you want as long as the basic requirements are met. When providing a cage, you must remember he is a chewer and an excellent escape artist. He can chew through wood or soft plastic, such as the screening on top of tank cages. There are a variety of different habitats that you can choose for your hamster’s home.
- Wire Cage: A wired bar cage as an excellent home. Just make certain the bars are close enough together that your hamster cannot wriggle through. Be sure that any door can be securely latched, your pet is capable of moving a sliding door with his teeth and escaping.
- Aquarium: A glass aquarium with a screened top can also be used as a home. An aquarium has corners that a hamster likes, it is high enough to add an exercise wheel, and he cannot climb glass making it almost escape proof.
- Tube Cage: Tube cages, like CritterTrail, are expandable habitats. With lots of interlocking tubes, wheels, lookouts, and other add-ons, the type of home you can make for your hamster is unlimited. A tube cage can be like a mini playground.
- The size of the cage depends on what type and how many hamsters you intend to own. A cage that is 15 inches long by 12 inches high is appropriate for one hamster or two dwarf hamsters. For your pet, bigger is better, so go with the biggest cage possible. The larger the cage, the happier your hamster will be.
- Cage Supplies: Once you have picked out the perfect home, you need to fill it with everything he needs to have a happy and healthy life. Sources of food, water, bedding, and toys are all important to your hamster’s well-being.
- Water Bottle: Your hamster will need a source of fresh water. He will fill up water dishes with whatever he can find in his cage, so a stoppered water bottle that attaches to the cage works best.
- Food Dish: Hamsters prefer their food to be near the sleeping area and are hoarders. You can use food dishes, but be aware that it will quickly empty it as theyconstantly relocate the food.
- Bedding & Substrate: Your pet will need a bedding or substrate. They are burrowing creatures and will be much happier if they have something to burrow in. There are many commercial beddings made from wood shavings and pellets made from wood, alfalfa, pecans, sawdust, corncob, walnut, and recycled newspaper. Do not use clumping kitty litter or cedar based shavings. Hamsters eat a portion of their feces as part of their digestive process. Clumping litter can cause anintestinal obstruction which could lead to your pet’s death. Aromatic oils in cedar based shavings are irritating to a hamster’s respiratory system.
- Sleeping Areas: Your hamster needs a sleeping area, and any small container will work. This container must be big enough for ventilation and for your pet to turn around in. It should also be easy to clean or inexpensive enough to throw away and replace if it becomes soiled.
- Cage Enrichment: Cage enrichment is the toys and items that will keep your pet busy, active, and happy. Things he will enjoy include wheels, pipes, tubes, chew blocks, wooden toys, and balls. Luckily, many commercially available hamster toys will keep him happy.
- Cleaning: It is important to clean your pet’s cage about once a week. Replace the substrate and bedding, wash the food bowls, and change the water. You can also wash other parts of the cage that smell with soapy water. Be sure to dry everything before putting items back in the cage. While cleaning, be sure to keep your hamster someplace safe to prevent escape. A trash can, deep bucket, or a bathtub with the drain plugged are good places to keep your pet temporarily.
Food & Diet
- Pellets: Pellets are food where the ingredients are ground up, mixed, and formed into little pieces. The requirement to gnaw on pellets and the balanced nutrition of pellets make them a proper part of your pet’s diet.
- Mixed Seeds & Grain: Mixed seeds & grain are just like they sound, a food mixture of seeds and grains. Some mixed foods include a variety of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. This type of food provides a variety of choices for your hamster to enjoy and is an excellent part of his diet.
- Timothy Hay & Alfalfa: Timothy hay, alfalfa or a mix of the two are a nice addition to the diet. In the wild, hamsters are grass eaters and may enjoy nibbling on some hay. Not all will eat it, but it is worth a try.
- Fresh Foods: To add some variety and added nutrition there are many fresh foods your companion may like. Try acorns, apples, bananas, green beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, zucchini, cucumbers, grapes, kale, oranges, peas, spinach, sweet potatoes, and turnips. The key with fresh food is to supply it in small portions since hamsters store away excess food. Rotten food is not something you want in your pet’s cage.
- Snacks & Treats: There is an amazing variety of hamster snacks and treats that you can offer a couple of times per week. These treats, although very enjoyable to your hamster, are not a well-balanced diet so use them sparingly. Most treats are sweetened foods like seeds, nuts, and dried fruits and vegetables that your pet will love. Alternatives to store bought treats are scrambled or hard boiled eggs, dog biscuits, sugar-free cereal, whole wheat bread, and uncooked pasta. You can even feed him mealworms or crickets.