Children appreciate the hamster, however, it is more difficult than it seems. Let’s remember 10 common mistakes that can be dangerous for rodents.
Terribly cute ball of fur, the hamster is a big hit, especially with the little ones. Parents are also attracted to this animal, which takes up little space, especially if they live in the city. However, the hamster has fallen victim to its reputation as an animal with few needs.
1 – It is a very good companion for children
Truth and lie. Although a pet hamster can bring many benefits to a child – an emotional connection, a sense of responsibility, an educational interest – this animal is not suitable for toddlers and young children. Very sensitive to noises and cries, he does not like to be picked up, and the child must show great maturity if he wants to make life pleasant for his little companion.
2 – He likes to live with several relatives
Fake. Independent, the hamster loves being alone! He will be very unhappy if he has to live together. Even worse: he can get hurt because hamsters don’t hesitate to fight, sometimes seriously. These are animals that fiercely defend their territory. If you decide to have several, choose one animal per cage.
3 is a diurnal animal
Fake. The hamster sleeps all day and is full of activity… at night and early in the morning. Disrupting his rhythm and thus keeping him under stress will not only tire him out, but above all shorten his lifespan, which is about two years. In this regard, it is not recommended to place his cage indoors. Very active at night, risks making noise and waking others.
4 – A small cage is enough for him
Fake. Recommended dimensions: 80 cm long, 50 cm wide and 50 cm high. In addition, this rodent loves to stretch its paws. Jumping, hiding… Feel free to equip the cage with tunnels, wheels and even ladders because he loves to climb. Multilevel cages are also recommended. Your hamster will only be happier!
5 – The hamster does not require special care
Like any animal, it needs time. Plan every week for at least twenty minutes to clean his cage and a few extra minutes to comb the rodent, especially if it’s a long haired or angora hamster.
6 – This is an animal that bites
False…but true in some specific cases. Hamsters, contrary to popular belief, do not bite… They bite only when they are scared or hurt. The hand can indeed carry a scent that they consider aggressive, and their reaction will be immediate. They also bite if they smell a tantalizing scent… to taste! Finally, know that a hamster who chews on the bars of his cage is very bored.
7. Hamsters love to sleep close to each other.
Fake. Just to keep warm, two hamsters cuddle each other to sleep out of a sense of self-preservation. When they wake up, they will probably fight, and the next morning they will cuddle together again, despite their injuries.
8 – Brother and sister don’t breed
Fake. Hamsters do not even have an instinctive idea of family ties. They need to be kept in different cages, otherwise the litter will quickly appear … Not to mention the risk of malformations associated with inbreeding.
9 – You must wash the hamster
Fake. A hamster is a very clean animal that, like a cat, takes very good care of itself. On the other hand, you can have a small tub of water or a container of bathing soil, which will help him clean his coat well.
10 – This is a small but strong animal
Fake. A hamster is a rather fragile animal that may have breathing, eye, skin, or digestive problems. Diarrhea can kill an animal in less than 48 hours. Ingestion of a hairball called a trichobezoar can prevent it from eating properly. You also need to take care of the eyes and coat. If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian.