Everything you NEED for a hamster!

Everything you NEED for a hamster!

December 8, 2019 100 By William Morgan


hey guys in today’s video we are gonna
be talking about all of the supplies you are going to need for your hamster
before you go out and get a hamster so the first thing you are going to need
for your hamster is of course a cage now hamsters may be small animals but they
do need large enclosures because they are very active and in the wild they are
going to be running up to five point five miles per night which is a lot and
that’s a very active animal so putting them in a small cage just isn’t going to
cut it they do need a lot of space the next thing you’re going to need is food
because your hamster needs something to eat keep in mind a hamsters diet should
consist of lots of seeds grains nuts animal proteins add fruits and
vegetables they are omnivores so they can eat a variety of foods. Hamster diets
are quite complicated so I have created an entire video talking about them so
I’ll make sure to link that in the “i” cards above. The next thing you are going
to need for your hamster is some type of water source whether that be a water
bottle or a water dish both work fine but you are going to need water because
your hamster needs it to stay hydrated the next thing you are going to need for
your hamster is bedding now this is something that is quite important
because hamsters are burrowers so they need a deep substrate to burrow in and
you’re also going to want to make sure that it’s a safe substrate not every
single hamster bedding out there is actually safe for hamsters anything that
is labeled pine, cedar or soft which shavings is in fact dangerous and it has
been known to cause skin irritations as well as can cause respiratory infections
you want to stick with something that is paper based this is Kaytee clean and cosy,
CareFresh is another good paper based brand as well as Aspen shavings are one
of the only safe shavings that you can use for hamsters. Now along with a large
enclosure for your hamster to get their energy out you as well need a hamster
wheel now you’re going to want to make sure this is a safe wheel that you’re
using as well as it’s going to be the correct size for the
species you plan on owning you want to use nothing that has wire or mesh on the
wheel because that can indeed cause bumblefoot which is not fun for the
hamster as well as it needs to be the correct size if you’re using a too small
of a wheel for a hamster it can cause back issues which once again not fun for
the hamster. For Syrians and Chinese hamsters try to use nothing less than an
8 inch wheel I personally would recommend an 11 inch wheel for them and
for Dwarfs do you want to use nothing less than a 6.5 inch wheel
the next thing you need for your hamster is some type of hideout because they are
going to need somewhere to sleep and also feel protected there are so many
different types of hideouts out there so it’s kind of up to you to choose which
type of hideout you want to use I recommend buying a variety and trying
them out this here is just a small sized igloo even if your hamster doesn’t
use a hideout you really need one in the cage just in case they ever feel spooked
or scared they have somewhere safe to go under to hide. Chew toys! now hamsters
have teeth that are continuously growing and they need stuff to help wear down
their teeth which includes natural materials like sisal or wood there are
so many different types of wood chews out there and I recommend just buying a
bunch of different types some hamsters prefer different wood chew over others
for some reason but it just depends on the hamster but it’s very important that
you have chew toys because it helps keep their teeth nice and trim. Toys! now of
course you need toys for your hamster so that they can have stuff to play on and
be entertained I recommend using wood toys because that way they can at least
chew on them as well as play on them and here is a bendable bridge and this is
one of my favorite hamster accessories to use with them the next thing you’re
going to need for your hamster is treats now keep in mind you do not have to go
to the store and buy treats you can make our own and they can be even healthier
that way I have a ton of videos on different homemade hamster treats that
you can make yourself you can also use dried fruits and vegetables as treats
but treats are just something you want to have on hand if you’d like to treat your
hamster or when you’re taming them the next thing you’re gonna want to have is
some type of cleaning solution this one here is just homemade it’s 50% vinegar
and 50% water you can also buy store-bought cleaning
solution but I find this option a lot cheaper the next thing is something that
I personally recommend every single hamster have and that is a sand bath now
hamsters cannot be bathed in water, sand is one of the only ways they can really
clean off any overproduction of oils on their fur and as well as a lot of
hamsters tend to use these as litter boxes so it’s kind of like a two-for-one
that way it makes spot cleaning a lot easier if your hamster is using sand as their litter box but as well as some hamsters do enjoy rolling in it or
digging in it the next thing you’re going to need is a travel cage this is
really important in case you need to evacuate and you need to put your
hamster in a travel cage or maybe you have to travel or take them to the vet these are
really good to have because it’s a safe place for your hamster to go and it’s
not like a cardboard box and they’re not going to chew out of it. The next thing
is a playpen now this is a playpen that I made myself from solid storage grids I
will make sure to leave this linked in the description bar but basically I just
zip tied them together and this makes a very great tall playpen so that your
hamster can’t escape out of. Play pens are really good to have because it gives
you a place to put your hamster if you are cleaning their cage or somewhere
where you can just bond with them and play with them and the last thing is
something that you don’t necessarily need it is optional but I personally do
recommend having one and that is a kitchen scale that way you are able to
weigh your hamster and you can see any sudden weight gain or weight loss and if
you notice anything like that that can indicate that your hamster is sick and
that they need to go see a vet I really hope this video is able to help anybody
who is not quite sure what they exactly need to buy for their hamster before
they get them and I will make sure to leave links in the description bar to
all of these items so that you can purchase them yourself so yeah guys
thank you for watching bye