how to have a HAPPY hamster


hey guys it’s me Victoria and in today’s
video I am going to be talking about how to have a happy hamster one of the best
ways to make your hamster happy is by giving them enrichment though this has
been proven difficult because hamsters don’t get the same type of enrichment as
other animals may get such as social species like rabbits guinea pigs and
rats who receive enrichment from being with other species of their own kind
hamsters on the other hand are not social species therefore they do not
receive enrichment from the same species in fact they will fight and become
stressed usually when with these same species
human interaction is not always a source of enrichment either like it would to a
dog or cat because hamsters have not been domesticated nearly as long some
hamsters don’t even like human interaction therefore avoiding it so
what does give your hamster enrichment the first thing would have to be a large
cage if you’ve watched my videos before you may already know that I am a big
believer in giving hamsters a large cage the bare minimum in the US and Canada is
450 square inches of floor space now remember this is just a
bare minimum therefore just because your cage meets
the bare minimum does not automatically mean your hamster is going to be happy
inside their cage if your hamster shows behaviors of boredom then it is a good
idea to upgrade your hamsters cage boredom behaviors include things like
chewing the bars constantly monkey barring which means if you have mesh in
their cage and your hamster continuously goes to climb on them fall off climb on
them again as well as pacing so your hamster paces up and down its cage or
wall scaling which they’ll just be jumping at the glass if you have a glass
aquarium as well as low activity levels can be a sign of boredom because your
hamster doesn’t have enough space to do it’s natural behaviors a scientific
study done on hamster cage size revealed that when a hamster was given a cage the
size of a 1,550 square inches of floor space they showed less signs of
boredom though of course even some of the hamsters in this sized cage even
then they showed boredom therefore this should show that it is necessary to have
a large cage for your hamster other ways to give your hamster enrichment would be
to give them the opportunity to express natural behaviors such as burrowing and
foraging in the wild a hamster will burrow deep in the ground and they will
create things like chambers and each of these chambers have a specific reason so
one will be for your hamster to store its food another will be its bathroom
and another chamber would be for them to sleep in in order for this to be
achieved a hamster needs to be given a proper amount of bedding I would say to
give them at least 6 inches of bedding or more more is preferred of course in
some sort of section that way they have the ability to create some type of
little burrow foraging is another natural behavior your hamster would show
in the wild this can be achieved by taking their food and sprinkling it
around the cage in the bedding hiding it in different toys things like that so
they have to work for it and to find it hamsters have a really good sense of
smell so finding food is easy for them dried herbs also can be sprinkled around
the cage to help encourage foraging of course dried herbs seem to be a lot
harder to find in the US and Canada but there are some websites that do sell
them another thing that is great for foraging is sprays so things like flax
sprays oat sprays and wheat sprays all are great for foraging you can actually
get these at your local pet store and I will also leave links in the description
bar if you want to purchase some another way to make your hamster happy is to
provide them with a sand bath one of the only ways your hamster can bathe
themselves besides grooming themselves is taking
a sand bath now not all hamsters will roll and shake in their sand baths but a
lot to do use them please make sure you are providing sand and not dust because
dust is too fine and can cause your hamster an upper respiratory infection
chinchilla baths and is okay as well as Children’s Place sand from your local
hardware store you should also make sure to provide your hamster with a large
dish to bathe in if they’re provided with something too small to bathe in
it’s very likely that your hamster won’t use it providing a hideout in the sand
bath can help as well because it makes the hamster feel more protected when
they decide to bathe in the sand you can keep a hamster sand bath in your cage
all the time and you really don’t need to clean it unless it has been soiled
another important thing that can help keep your hamster happy is providing
them with a high quality and high variety diet hamsters in the wild would
eat grains seeds animal proteins fruits and vegetables so you should be
providing your hamster with a high variety seed mix along with a
high-protein pellet because sadly there are no seed mixes that have a high
enough protein so you do need to mix it with a high-protein pellet as well as
your hamster should be supplemented with things like safe hamster vegetables
fruits cooked unseasoned meats dried insects and other things and of course
one of the main ways you to keep your hamster happy is just to provide them
with the proper care they need so yeah guys I hope this video can help many
hamster owners who are trying to have a happy hamster and provide them with a
good life see ya guys thank you for watching bye

100 thoughts on “how to have a HAPPY hamster

  1. Today's video I worked super hard on and I hope you all learn something from it! Next weeks video I will have a vlog will all the animals that I think you all will enjoy! Happy Saturday! ☺️?

  2. Well my hamster is mad at me because it escaped out from one off it’s castle and went in to the bathroom and I think my brothers room I’m soo glad she did not fall Down

  3. Hey, I know this was posted awhile ago but do you know if you have a fish tank do you need a top/roof for the tank? Sorry thank you
    I’m looking into getting a hamster! Luv u

  4. Excuse me Victoria, this sounds very stupid but I am getting a djuranian hamster and I don’t know what a critter trail is, so what is a critter trail?

  5. Thank you for the tips ❤️ My new hamsters is happy:) But whenever I ty to tame her she tries to roll and shake I don't know why??

  6. My hamster doesn't like eating fruits or veggies?and I don't know if he just doesn't like them or if it's somthing else

  7. Your videos helped me so much. It´s been three days since I brought my roborovski hamster home and so far she seems to be doing very well. On the first day she started to use her wheel and now she even takes treats from my hands. Thank you so much. Your videos heleped me a lot.

  8. I really dont like to keep my hamster into her cage a lot of time i keep she in a hamster ball

  9. me and my mom are hard on money we managed to get the 10 gallon tank for each of our 2 hamsters we’re trying to get bigger tanks but we have to wait until the 1$ per gallon sell so we can upgrade to 20 gallon tank or maybe the 29 gallon tank

  10. My hamster chewed on the mesh top on her glass tank she has gotten up there and chewed her way out she has a 30 gallon I am going to get her. A bigger cage very soon

  11. I have 2 hamsters and they are both in a critter trail☹️ now I feel bad. And I don’t have enough money to buy them both a new cage. And my parents won’t let me make 2 huge bin cages. What should I do?

  12. I’m actually getting a hampster in a few days and I was wondering what if we have to go traveling on a 6 hour trip ??? HELP ME PLEASE

  13. If your hamster is unsocial and doesn’t like you holding or p,saying with it, how do you change their mind? Also, I’m getting a hamster and ur videos are helping so much!

  14. Apparently the people who disliked this video doesn’t like happy hamsters… inhale exhale good job guys -_-

  15. Love the vid Victoria! It really helped and I spoil my hamster so much lol ? its great to give a hamster a great life and make them happy ❤️

  16. But when I went to buy my hamster there were two of the same species sleeping together and they were not fighting

  17. My hamster was in a wrongly sized cage, I measured it. I chose a new
    Cage and it was one of the cages on your best hamster cages.

  18. Thank you so much! I see my hamsters pacing and climbing & I thought they were just energized. I will try to get another cage as soon as possible for my 2 dwarf hamsters (would that be okay, the brand I have can connect together).

  19. I know the main topic isn’t nutrition/diet, but what high protein pellets do you recommend to mix in with their seed mix and what seed mixes do you recommend? I know I’ve heard that the Higgins Sunburst and Hazel hamster are good ones. Do you agree, or are the other seed mixes that are better?

  20. So this is why my sister's ex-gf's hamster was named the "suicidal hamster", it was just bored out of it's hecking skull

  21. Can hamsters eat string cheese bc I have a lot of that and nobody eats it so I wanna if they can so I can’t at least give to my hamster ??‍♀️?

  22. I feel awful, I only bought my hamster yesterday and the poor baby’s already shown behaviours of boredom:((( I’m so so grateful for your videos, this is my first ever pet and I want to give him an amazing life xxxx

  23. I can’t afford a bigger cage at this time but I’m saving up to get my little hamster (pancho❤️) the best one possible?

  24. 🙁 my hamster is monkey barring, but I'm saving up for an IKEA detolf 🙂 I'm splitting it between my hamsters

  25. My mice are in a small tank temporarily because I'm currently in the process of saving money and building them a tank because I have a large design and I can't find all the products and I don't have all the exact amount of money I need for everything I need to build it

  26. Hey! I hope you reply to this and I wanted to ask if you buy this ikea detolf do you have to Have like a lot of chewy things cause hats a lot of money

  27. I am getting my hamster in 2 days! I was wondering… what are oat, wheat sprays meant for? I want to find some, but not sure what section to go at the pet store. Amazon might not come in 2 days.

  28. My friend had his hamster in a 40×30 cage, it was super sad to see. I got a new cage, i wanted to sell my old cage but i realised i could give it to my friend, so i did and now his hamster looks so much happier? (70×40 cage)

  29. Thanks for teaching everyone something about hamsters I think your hamsters are very very very lucky to have you as their owner I think they Are very happy ???

  30. I am learning so much! I need to get a bigger habitat for my Syrian. It's more then the minimum, but he is showing signs of boredom and I wouldn't have known without your video! I research a lot and still had never heard it as clearly as you are saying it. Also adding a sand bath. And all the information on food is so helpful. Our vet actually told us to use Oxbow, and not give him a lot of supplements, but we noticed his health seemed better with more greens and nuts. I started adding herbs in too. Thank you so much!

  31. My hamster I got yesterday has bitten bars and climbed but has done other things but mainly climbing. I got the biggest cage in the pet shop in the Uk

  32. Omg I nevr new u need a big cage and I did not now they get bored I told my parents and we are upgrading are cage and making it bigger thanks for the awesome facts your videos are amazing

  33. Hi Victoria, I need some advice about my hamsters. About 2 weeks ago I bought 2 roborovski dwarf hamsters (brothers) and they have been doing great! But, I'm worried that when they get to 12 weeks old (I got them at 8 weeks old) then they'll get territorial and start fighting. What do you think will happen and what signs will they show if they start to get territorial? Thanks x

  34. So I have a syrian that keeps trying to scape his cage, the cage is the minimum because it's what I have space (80×60 cm), I currently use powder since we don't have reptile sand here or normal play send, can I use cat sand? he is really worrying me as I'm afraid he is bored and trying to scape he is going to hurt himself

  35. We only let my hamster have one floor cause she broke her leg like dragged it along and it was floppy cause she kept jumping off the second floor

  36. Well I just moved my hamster into a bigger two floored bin cage and she was jumping up at the box is that the same meaning of what u said like is she bored?

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