BASIC HAMSTER CARE | All about hamsters! ?

hey guys so today’s video is going to be
basic hamster care so the first thing for your hamster is obviously you’re
going to need a cage I personally recommend using aquariums and bin cages
you are going to need a large cage for a hamster something along the size of 450
square inches of floor space that’s equivalent to around a 40 gallon
aquarium when placing the hamsters cage try to put it somewhere where there is a
low traffic area so there’s not too many people maybe not too many loud things
going around like the TV or things like that also try to keep it out of direct
sunlight so you don’t put it in a window because you don’t want it always shining
in your hamsters cage and it could heat up a little too quickly in your hamsters
cage you are going to want to include things such as hideouts
and you can get a variety of different types this is an igloo this is a little
lion hut you can get you also want to put different toys in there so like
different tubes and different things to stimulate your hamsters brain and you
also want to include chew toys in your hamster cage because hamster teeth are
continuously growing they never stop growing so they do need something hard
to chew on to wear their teeth down so that they do not end up having any
medical issues the next thing you are going to need for your hamster is
bedding and hamsters are naturally burrowers in the wild they will burrow
and make houses underneath the ground so you do need a lot of substrate
you should give at least a 6-inch amount so that your hamster has enough room for
it to burrow and things like that there are some unsafe types of beddings such
as pine, cedar and scented beddings anything that is called soft wood
shavings is not safe for your hamster it can actually give them a respiratory
infection these safe beddings that you want to go with would be Aspen or
any paper based bedding it can be colored even just make sure it’s not scented or
anything like that my favorite personal bedding would be the kaytee clean and cozy
because it’s just so soft and it’s actually a fairly good price because you
get so much in a bag you also are going to need some type of wheel because hamsters
in the wild can run up to several miles per night so they need a wheel to burn
off their energy so for a Syrian hamster and a Chinese hamster you want to get the
proper size and it needs to be at least 8 inches most syrian hamsters
will need a larger wheel than an 8 inch most will need at least an 11
inch wheel and for Dwarfs you should probably go around 6 to 8 inches
this right here is a 6 inch silent spinner that I use for my dwarf hamster and she
fits perfectly in it you also want to stay away from anything wire or mesh
because this can injure your hamsters feet and limbs so stick with anything solid
next you are going to need a diet for your hamster obviously they need to eat
something and a hamsters diet should include some type of seed mix and a pelleted mix and then some fruits and vegetables on the side there are a
lot of seed mixes on the market you can find so many different brands of seed
mixes for hamsters but a lot of them don’t actually meet the requirements the
hamster actually needs a hamster should have at least 17 to 19 percent protein 4
to 7 percent fat and 8 to 13 percent fiber right now the most recommended
diet that you can be feeding your hamster is the Higgins sunburst gourmet
blend feed mix along with the Mazuri rat and mouse pellets hamsters can have a
variety of different types of foods because they are omnivores and I do have
a video that you can check out it does include all of the different types of
safe foods you can feed your hamsters and all the unsafe foods that you shouldn’t be
feeding your hamsters so you can check that out if you want
personally I feed my hamsters 2 tablespoons every 2 to 3 days I
find this is a good amount and it gives some time to eat it you do not need
to be refilling a hamster food dish every day it might seem like the dish is empty
but your hamster has cheek pouches that they put all of the food in and they
will take it all back to their nest so that it’s close to them so that they can
eat it and take little snacks when they want to so it might seem like your hamster is eating
all that food but they really aren’t so give it a couple days for them to eat
the stuff in their nest before refilling the dish next you need some source of water
for your hamster because once again they are a mammal and they need to be always
hydrated you can use a water bottle it is what I recommend because it keeps the
water clean and it doesn’t get full of bacteria or anything if you do use a
hamster food or water dish you do need to be cleaning that out more often than
you would a water bottle but for a water bottle you do want to be cleaning this
out every several days and refilling it with new water next is cleaning your
hamsters cage your hamsters cage really should only be cleaned every once a
month if it is the proper cage size and you should be cleaning spot cleaning it
every several days so just going finding where your hamster pees or if you see a
lot of soiled bedding cleaning that out every once in a while to make sure it
doesn’t become over dirty and then only cleaning it out once a month because
hamsters can get very stressed if you’re always cleaning their cage and when you
do clean your cage make sure you’re not using any harsh chemicals on the cage
here is some water and vinegar mix this is awesome it’s pet safe and and won’t
hurt your hamster so this is what I like to clean my cage is with every once
in a while I don’t do it every month because it’s not necessary but when you
do clean it make sure you use something safe also make sure to include some
previous bedding from the old cage into the new clean cage that way your hamster isn’t too stressed out because they will smell their old bedding and they might feel a
little bit better your hamster itself does not need to be bathed a hamster if
bathed in water can actually become very very stressed and they can even catch it
cold or even passed away so you really never want to be bathing your hamster in
water instead if your hamster gets smelly or they look a little greasy you
can give them a little bit of chinchilla bath sand and
they can roll around in that and that should clean them pretty good most
hamsters should live on their own especially syrians and Chinese hamsters
because they are naturally solitary when paired with another hamster they will
fight each other and it can become very tragic if you lose a hamster there are
some species that can be put together but it isn’t really recommended as it is a
little bit risky and it should be only for experienced hamster owners to try
but even I have tried it and I personally really don’t recommend
keeping a pair I suggest keeping one hamster to one cage it’s just that easy hamsters should not be introduced to each other either as they can result in
fighting each other and that can be very very scary so try not to introduce your
hamster to another hamster or try to put them on like a playdate or something
hamsters really like to be on their own and they do not get lonely and just like
any other animal hamsters need a vet fund in case anything serious happens
or if there’s an emergency you do need to take your hamster to a vet just
because they might be small or cheap does not mean you have the right to not give
them the medical attention they need so that is your basic hamster care I do
have a full playlist full of hamster care videos if you would like to learn more
about hamsters feel free to check out that playlist that has a lot of helpful
videos in that so yeah guys thank you for watching bye

100 thoughts on “BASIC HAMSTER CARE | All about hamsters! ?

  1. Other more in-depth videos:
    •The 5 different species of hamsters:
    •The best hamster cages available:
    •Why hamsters need large cages:
    •How to make a bin cage:
    •Safe & unsafe hamster beddings:
    •Hamster diets:
    •How much and how often to feed your hamster:
    •All about sand baths:
    •Water dish or water bottle?:
    •Tips to get your hamsters to chew:

  2. I got a Dwarf Hamster and I have heard that they cannot get wet because it will wash off their bodyoils that keep them warm and this will give them a cold and they will die. I am wondering if this is true

  3. I have a very small wheel. I want to buy a new one but I can't find it in my local petsmart. What should I do? please reply 🙁

  4. My hamster has tuffs of fur that are longer than the rest of his fur. Is it okay to trim this off? Or why is it like that?

  5. This video is really helping me because I’m getting a hamster in a few days and I need tips so this was very helpful ?

  6. Since I’m poor (I’m a university student), I prefer making my hamster hideouts and other toys. I mostly use untinted popsicle sticks, non toxic glue and some twigs (make sure to research of the kind of tree the twig came from is safe for hamsters). Toilet paper roll tubes also make good play toys and tunnels.

  7. Do hamsters attract other non pet animals such as rats or mice? Because if I was to give my hamster the rat mice food wouldn’t eat and mice try and enter my house since they smell the food? This is my big issue but I really want a hamster

  8. I have a question… So my hamster is superrr over weight and he refuses to use his wheel and all he ever does is sleep and eat… I dont think this is normal… Do you have any suggestions? Btw he is a Teddy bear hamster.

  9. My boyfriend and i are planning to get a hamster, im so glad i found your videos they are sooo well explained and very helpful!!

  10. I have an Russian hamster is 40.5× 30× 37 big enough place for it? And I been told once a week to clean out their home

  11. Wow I had no idea that you should only fully clean a hamsters cage once a month! I always do mine once a week ? Is it quite easy to find the dirty/soiled spots of the cage and spot clean them?

  12. I've been watching a lot of your hamster videos and now I know that the minimum for hamster cages is 450 square inches I have two dwarfs living in 10 gallon tanks and I'm 12 so I don't have a lot of money so is it okay that they're living in those until I can save enough money to buy them proper cages?

  13. Hey! I know you probably won’t be able to reply but it’s worth a try! I really need help ASAP!!! We have a 3 week old hamster that we bought from a pet store yesterday but it was taken from it’s mother wayy too early and has wet tail!!! We have tried medication but it is too weak to eat, drink, or even lift its head!!!!!!!! The vets can only get him in tomorrow but I am soo worried that he might be dead by then!!!! Please anyone help if possible!! ?Thank you ?

  14. Are dwarf hamster a day hamster like they are sleeping night and like playing in day please i need answer fast

  15. Honestly i rly apreciate tgis video bc im getting to hamsters this friday and this was the most helpful video i have came across also u got ur self a new sub and btw i love ur hair

  16. I have been researching hamsters for almost 5 years now and even after I get my hamster I will still be researching hamsters and upgrading the cage even bigger in the future. It gets really annoying when I hear people saying that you don`t have to research about hamsters before you actually get one and all you need to know is how much to feed them.

  17. Hey Everyone I have a question In my cage its is perfect size and very good quality one of the recommended ones but my hamster wont sleep in his house but instead he keeps burrowing and sleeping under his wheel when he goes to bed .I was wonering if this is ok because in their natural habitat they proably do burow

  18. hi thank you so much for this video !! i’m getting a hamster soon and trying to do all the research i can. so many people just toss it in a tiny cage with some food and it’s so sad 🙁

  19. I had a quick question. So basically I just got a new hamster a few days ago. I’ve watched most if not all of your hamster videos before getting her to make sure I knew about them. I know not to wake them up. But she’s sleeping all day and most of the night. I don’t even see her waking up during the day to get a bit of food. Like I said she is brand new, but I was wondering if this changes as they adapt. Also I usually haven’t seen her eat a whole lot. She did on the first day though. I want to be able to tame her and let her get used to me, but how can I if she sleeps all the time?

  20. thank you for telling me this i am planning to get a hamster and im pretty nervous but this helped me a lot

  21. Thank you this helped a lot ? I’m getting my hamster in a few months and I’m doing as much research as I can! ?

  22. Hi Victoria! My parents know I’m responsible but they are worried that having a hamster can be very bacterial! Is that true?

  23. Hi I have a question, I have a hamster that I got in November 2018 and while I have had her she has been climbing on top of her water bottle. She still continues to do this and I am scared she might break free when I go to sleep what should I do to prevent this from happening and if you could answer my question that would such a help thank.

    P.S. I love you so much you are an amazing Youtuber thank you

  24. Thank god for your channel i am going to get a Syrian Hamster and your channel is helping me know what to get, do, and how to care for it!

  25. My Syrian hamsters have been living together since birth and they get along really well. They sleep together all the time. Guess I got a lucky pair ?

  26. It's a hamster take your time watching videos and researching. So say your getting a child you would do your research getting a hamster is the same thing also I have all those things because my sister had one but the food and wheel but a hide out and no bedding and things to put the food in and I think some toys

  27. i’m watching this even though i got my ham a month ago! before i got a hamster i did research for two whole years! (no joke) i have watched all of your videos so now i’m rewatching ? you’re the best Tori ♡ lots of love from me and my winter white Mochi ♡

  28. I realised the bedding I was using was Pine, I didn’t know because it never said what it was made out of…I searched it up and it said it was Pine but it was also heat treated and cooked. I’m slowly moving onto care fresh now! :3

  29. I wish for people to take care of there hamsters. My hamster lived for 2 years and he had died today, he have experienced me in my life building relationships and losing them. I know it sounds weird but he’s the only one I could talk to with ease. It’s hard writing this comment. Juniper was my first friend when I moved away from my old home. Love you 3000 Juniper.

  30. I think something is wrong with my hamster. When it’s too quite she’ll go on her wheel or just make lots of noise.

  31. I love your channel, I got a hamster very recently and watching your videos are helping me for knowing how to take care of him properly ?

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