BC: This easy for children, full guide to keeping hamsters will make you an expert in no time. By Adil Girach
1: RUSSIAN HAMSTERS | SYRIAN HAMSTERS | CHINESE HAMSTERS | ROBOROVSKI HAMSTERS
2: Choosing your hamster Chose a healthy, alert hamster. Make sure that they are kept well. Once you have chosen, ask to see it outside its cage. Its eyes should be bright, and it shouldn't be excessivly underweight or overweight. Make sure that its bottom is clean, and its ears are clean. Syrian hamsters are solitary. They are the mot popular. Chinese hamsters are generally social, but they could fight. Russian and Roborovskis are very social.
3: Taking your hamster home. Once you arrive home, place the hamster immediately in the prepared cage and leave it to settle. It will take the hamster a few days to get used to all the new smells and sounds of its new home . Therefore although you may be tempted to get your hamster out and play with it, try to resist for the first few days .
4: These are some examples of good quality, fun hamster cages.
5: Foods like this are essential. Also feed your hamster fresh fruit.
6: These foods may be eaten by hamsters. Always remember: they must be fresh and clean.
7: Chocolates, grass, leaves, onions or anything gresey, must not be given to hamsters. These cause all types of illnesses. Always check with a vet if you are unsure.
8: Cleaning The Cage. Once a week, thoroughly clean your hamsters cage using a disenfectant. You can buy these from pet shops. Put your hamster somewhere safe, and empty out all woodshavings, bedding, and change the food. Spray the whole cage, and let it dry before replacing the woodshavings. It may be helpful to use a bit of the old bedding, as it will be a familiar smell to your hamster.
9: As you go along, make a scrapbook containing all you and your pets memorable moments and also prizes you won with your hamster(there are a lot of hamster clubs or competitions for you to enter)
10: If your hamster gets ill, take it to the vet imediatley. They are trained experts and will know lots about hamsters.
11: There are several diseases that you should be aware of: Wet Tail: It is when your hamster gets wet droppings. It is usually caused by stress. Cold: It usually means that your hamster is in a too cold place. Move it to a warm place. Dehydration: Give your hamster more water and clean its water bottle more regularly.
12: When your hamster finally gets old, it will look rather scruffy. When it dies, don't be too sad.
13: I hope you now know everything about hamsters. Remember to read other books about hamsters. GOOD LUCK!