Hamsters do best in cages large enough to provide them with adequate space to exercise, feed, drink and sleep. It is worth paying a little more for a good quality, sturdy cage from which the hamster is unable to escape. Always check the strength of bars, some economy cages have thin bars through which they can squeeze through.
- Baldness - Normal in older hamsters (10-12 months onwards) give powdered yeast tablet in food
- Salmonellas - Intestinal infection transmitted by wild rodents, dirty water or spoiled foods. Loss of appetite, weight loss eventual death
- Pneumonia - Inflammation of lungs. Ruffled coat, loss of appetite, rapid breathing, nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing. Typically occurs if undernourished and damp overcrowded habitat
- Colds - Lack of activity. Ears held back, weight and fur loss, sniffling and sneezing. Disinfect cage, bottles and pots. Provide fresh bedding, keep cage draft free, supplement food with cod liver oil.
- Wet tail - Highly infectious. Caused by tape worm and is normally fatal. Disease of neglect, damp cages and spoiled food. loss of appetite, ears down, jelly like fluid from vent, diarrhoea.
- Mange - Shaking of head, scratching of ears, loss of hair, poor general appearance. Check for parasitic spiders or insects. Results in grey warty scabs. Medicated bath treatment. sterilise cage etc.
- Syrian hamsters should be kept separate as more than one will fight normally to one of there demise.
- Russian hamsters may be kept in pairs or trios or if space provides in colonies.
- Hamsters are nocturnal.
- A cage large enough to provide exercise and varied activity (ladders, wheels etc) with bars firm enough to contain the hamster and horizontal to facilitate climbing
- A supply of clean water and food which should be changed daily. Fresh food debris removed daily.
- Wooden gnaws to keep teeth in trim
- Sufficient bedding to keep warm. (shredded soft paper is recommended) Line the cage with wood flakes to help keep them clean and to absorb urine.
- Clean living conditions
- Company and affection
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