After you arrive home, place the hamster immediately inside the prepared cage and allow it to settle. It’ll take the hamster a couple of days to get accustomed to all of the new smells and sounds of their new home and can find this time somewhat stressful.
Therefore although you might be tempted to get your hamster out and spend playtime with it, attempt to resist for the first couple of days so that it may first of all get used to its new surroundings and feel safe.
This helps to help keep its stress to a minimum. Stress, particularly in young hamsters, can result in Wet Tail.
It might take your hamster a couple of days before it feels comfortable with its new cage and surroundings. It’s not unusual for a new hamster to run around frantically, move its nesting area several times and then spend a lot of time sleeping after all the exertion.
After a couple of days though the hamster will settle into more of a routine and will generally seem more settled. This is the time when you can start to introduce your hamster to handling.
Each hamster may have different tastes but not all hamsters like the same items to eat. However, it is important to understand what can and can’t be fed to hamsters to prevent harming the hamster by feeding something which might be poisonous and to keep the hamster healthy by feeding a nutritious diet.
Hamsters have cheek pouches which they’ll use to gather food. They push thier food into the pouches which expand and then carry the meals to a “safe” place. Here the hamster will empty thier food from the pouches by pushing the food forwards and out of the mouth and make a food store. The inner lining of the cheek pouches are extremely delicate and sharp or sticky foods may become stuck.
Most pet shops sell dried food mixes specifically made for hamsters. These usually include crushed oats, barley, rodent pellets, peanuts, sunflower seeds, maize, dog biscuit and a few of the better hamster mixes supply a wider variety with the addition of ingredients such as dried fruit and vegetables.
Although the hamster mix can provide the hamster with a good basic diet, hamsters also enjoy fruit and vegetables. However, it is crucial that fruit and vegetables should be introduced to a hamster’s diet gradually as a sudden large number of fruit or vegetables may cause diarrhea.
To start with the hamster should only be given a small piece of fruit or vegetable a few times a week and over a period of weeks this will be increased to a small piece each day. If at any time the hamster shows signs of diarrhoea all feeding of fruit and vegetables should stop until the hamster has recovered and then gradually re-introduced into the diet.