advertisement
14 July 2009

Tips on hamster care

Hamsters are lovable creatures that appear to be low maintenance. But how much do you really know about caring for these animals?

0
Who can resist a cute, small, furry animal that fits in the palm of your hand? Hamsters are lovable creatures that appear to be low maintenance. But how much do you really know about caring for these animals? Here are some essential tips.

Take action:
Place your hamster’s cage in a quiet, dimly lit, well-ventilated area – avoid direct sunlight and drafts; if you have cats or dogs, the cage should be placed well out of their reach; strong-smelling chemicals could poison your hamster – keep them away from these; keeping the cage clean will reduce the risk of contracting infections – the water bottle and food tray should be cleaned daily and damp litter every second day; be on the lookout for these tell-tale signs that your hamster is ill: dull-looking eyes, matted fur, weight loss, shaking and a runny nose.

Read more: 10 tips on caring for hamsters

Special focus for the day: Five foods that can kill you

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Mental health & your work »

How open are you about mental illness in the workplace?

Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help

If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips.

Sleep & You »

Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia

6 things that are sabotaging your sleep

Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.