How to keep your hamster BUSY


so I think one of the struggles of being
a hamster owner can sometimes be trying to keep your hamster entertained and not
bored hamsters aren’t like dogs and cats and
you can’t just throw them a ball and then them be entertained for hours and
hours they really need things to stimulate their brain to keep them busy
from being bored to start off a good way to keep your hamster busy is to change
up their setup once in a while you don’t have to change up everything but
switching out different toys or changing how the layout is can help keep them
busy because they have to kind of go through explore everything and it’s
something new to them of course only do this if your hamsters ok with it some
hamsters like to have the exact same setup but some do benefit from having it
switched around sometimes another good idea is to just get rid of their food
dish altogether and scatter feed them when you’re giving your hamster just all
of its food in a dish they basically have to go to the dish take the food
bring it back to their nest that’s literally it
there is nothing complicated no foraging involved and nothing so when you’re
scatter feeding your hamster they actually have to look and forge and tap
into that natural behavior of having to look for food to bring back to their
nest so it can be really helpful if you have a bored hamster. Boredom breakers
are another thing that can keep your hamster from being bored the next couple
of boredom breakers I’m gonna talk to you guys about are all going to involve
food because that is what I find works best for keeping a hamster busy that is
what they mainly get enrichment out of so it’s going to all involve food. so for
this first boredom breaker all you’re gonna need are some willow balls as well
as some seed mix or some type of healthy hamster treat and all you’re gonna want to
do is just stuff these willow balls with a couple of treats and then your hamster
has to kind of shake at it and chew through it just to get to the treat and
it can keep them busy the next boredom breaker is another easy
one all you’re going to need is a toilet paper tube and some orchard grass hay
and some of your hamster’s seed mix you’re gonna take the toilet paper tube
just fold it and then cut a couple of triangles out on each side of it then
you’re gonna stuff the first little bit with some orchard grass hay add some of
your hamster’s seed mix stuff it with more hay add more seed mix and then add
more hay and then give to your hamster and then they have to kind of rip at it
and destroy it to get to the food inside for this next
boredom breaker you’re going to need a kabob you can get these in any pet store
really and I’ll also leave a link in the description bar where you can get one
but you’re also gonna need some fresh food or some other types of treats so
basically all you’re going to want to do is string all of your fruits and
vegetables onto the kabob I also added a peanut onto mine and then you can hang
it in your hamsters cage and they have to actually work to get the vegetables
down and they have to kind of chew at everything so it does keep them busy the next boredom breaker is one of my
favorites because you can do this to pretty much anything so all you are
going to need is some materials such as cardboard tubes, hamster chews, wooden
sticks basically anything and you’re also going to need some seed mix or some
herbs as well as some flour I personally chose to use buckwheat flour because
this is the healthiest type and you’re also going to need some water so pretty
much all you’re gonna have to do is mix your flour and water together and you
want to get some type of school glue consistency once you’ve gotten that
consistency you can take a paintbrush and paint some onto the chew and then
quickly add whatever you want whether it be seeds or some herbs onto it and all
you got to do is let that dry and you can give it to your hamster you can take
toilet paper tubes and literally make a hay covered tube and it’s perfect
for your hamster to chew and destroy so for this last boredom breaker it is
a type of foraging mat I would call it but you are going to need some
corrugated cardboard I’ve got mine from an Ikea package usually it’s packaged
with their larger furniture like if you buy an Ikea detolf it’ll come with it or
you can actually even sometimes find corrugated cardboard in packages when
you order stuff but you’re going to need that you’re also going to need some seed
mix and a box cutter all you’re going to want to do is draw out some circles and
then start to cut those out and then peel off the top layer of the cardboard
so that it leaves this honeycomb looking type of pattern then all you have to do
is add your seeds into there and give it to your hamster and they have to rip and
dig and try to shred it just so that they can get into the food so I really
really hope this video can help because I know it can be such a struggle trying
to keep your hamster busy even when you’ve tried every single option so
hopefully these can help see ya guys thank you for watching bye

100 thoughts on “How to keep your hamster BUSY

  1. I was wondering, my mom is trying to be eco friendly so we have tissues and toilet paper made out of bamboo is that ok to put in a hamsters cage? Just in case I ever get a hamster! ????

  2. so helpful! thx for making wonderful videos! by the way us it ok if I place my hamster outdoors in the balcony it's all year summer here! but i will use the tips that you have given to keep them cool like using a fan or putting their hideouts in the fridge! ❤

  3. My hamster has quite a small cage and I need and want to upgrade it but my mum has No money ? and I don’t know what to do

  4. Is a wodent wheel worth £40? I’m not sure whether to buy it or not but where I live that’s the only option

  5. I got my hamster today then I put him in the cage and leave him alone with enough water and food . I came back after 1 hour to checked on him . My hamster was laying in the cage so I thought that he was sleeping then I came back later and my hamster was still laying at the same spot . I tried to wake up my hamster but he didn't move . Unfortunately , he died . I DON'T EVEN GET TO HOLD MY HAMSTER . It's not my fault because I literally didn't do anything . I'm really sad right now.

  6. Dear Victoria
    My hamster Fluffy died peacefully yesterday evening due to old age aged 1year 10months..it was a terrible feeling?..but he lived a long life, and I'm happy that I could give him proper and the best care I could!
    This is a thank you letter- Thank you so so much for creating such amazing and informative content!!☺
    It is just because of you and Erin that I could give Fluffy the proper care he deserved! Thank you so much Victoria!?
    ~love from India?

  7. I need help because my hamster had stopped chewing on things .I've tried so many different types of things and he doesn't chew on it . I've tried to put it in his seed mix but nothing works …

  8. Great video again very helpful my robo is pretty active at night so thats good and he's one and half years old would just love if I could find him some flax sprays can only get the oat and wheat. love all your pets little comments so cute.

  9. Hello, I really like your channel. some ideas i take from you, thanks. if it’s not difficult for you to visit my channel, write what you think about my ideas. thanks in advance

  10. I kept my hamster in a not so big cage when they sleep but when the night come i free them in my bedroom they just walk through me sniff things and forage my scattered foods they are super cute and cheeky!!?

  11. hey Victoria, do you have a video about how to indicate hamster's condition? My hamster fur seems messy lately and there's some bald spot, and i kinda worry. Thank you.

  12. My hamster is the most energetic little bean ever and she has every toy you could ever think of and she still chews the bars for hours every night no matter what I put infront of them. There is currently an oat and fruit bar infront if the bars and she’s moved it aside to get to the bars. She’s also abandoned her hide and now sleeps behind it. Dunno if it’s just a weird quirk or if I should be worried?!

  13. Thank you SO MUCH for doing this video!! My hamster seams like she is bored. So… I will definitely try at least a few of these out!! ❤️

  14. I literally wrote everything you said downs because all of these ideas were soooo good. I luv your videos!!!!
    Edit: Also, can I use bedding instead of hay??

  15. I'm a 26 yo guy and I adopted two baby hamsters yesterday and your videos are helping SO FREAKING MUCH! Thank you very much for all your advises and tips! I want to to give my hams the best possible home and much love, of couse!

  16. Hi my cage that I have have tubs like so he can go to another cage and get to his bed or the wheel there isint a lot of the tubs but like I’m feeding him healthy stuff like seeds mix and two little healthy treats per day and sometimes I go to the pet shop and buy some food but it’s healthy for hamster ok my question is can a hamster become to fat and he can’t get passed the tubs cause like if yes like I don’t know please help me with this ?

  17. Hi Victoria. So I just did a small pet smart haul and was looking for reptile sand and in knowingly bought calcium sand. So after watching your video about sand baths I realized that calcium sand is not suitable so I immediately took out her sand bath and luckily she hadn’t used it too much and it had only been in there for one day. So the sand I got was very expensive and I just wanted to know if I should get new sand or if there was a way to kind of get rid of the calcium almost like baking play sand

  18. I tried the toilet paper with hay and seeds and my dwarf and Syrian hamster both loved it and tossed it around 🙂

  19. Thank you for these ideas! I'm away on holiday and really missing my hamster, I'll try bring him back some of these welcome treats!

  20. This helps so much! I just got gerbils and i didnt really know about how i would keep them from getting bored, so I really needed a video like this 🙂

  21. Would you say that mealworms need to be an everyday supplement in a hamster diet or only once in a while?

  22. Hi Victoria, Quick question. Which wheel do you prefer I order for my hamster? A Silent Runner 9inch or. a Wodent wheel 12in? I am thinking of getting a Robo but also a Syrian later down the road too. Don’t worry I won’t keep them together they’ll have their own cage. which one is best suitable for a Robo and a Syrian ?

  23. I made the toilet paper tube boredom breaker for my dwar fand he went crazy about it.
    I´ve never seen him like that. Thanks for the video,great ideas.

  24. My hamster French Fry passed away this morning? I noticed something was wrong at 6:30pm last night, he was 2 1/2 years old, I had since he was a baby. I stayed up with him all night until 7:30am this morning even though I had work today. And yes I know this is off topic from the video but sometimes it helps to talk about it somewhere.

    Fly high baby❤️ 2017-2019?

  25. I'm so glad your channel exists because I never owned a hamster and you are helping me a lot thank you so much!

  26. Thank you for this video!! I just got 2 hamsters and I always worry they're bored in their cage! This will be a great way to keep them busy and happy ☺️☺️☺️

  27. I'm a little late, but…
    I fill my hamsters cage with bedding, about eight to nine inches. But the next day, it compacts down to about four inches. Ah the tunnels that my hamster makes also disappear. Is there any way to prevent this, or any bedding that doesn't collapse?
    Thank you!!!

  28. How do you know if your hamster is ok with it. Do I ask him.
    Me: hamster can i move around your toys.
    Hamster: hell no.

  29. Hi my hamster in last days are really slow and don’t wanna come out,don’t run in wheel ?what should I do and what does that means?

  30. Can you please make more of these kind of videos because they are really helping my hamster to be busy.I will be so happy if you respond!

  31. Hey Victoria! I noticed my 2 babies were kinda getting a little bored of their normal treats and I wanted to mix it up a little!
    Here's a list of foods I'd like to feed them but I'm not sure if I can. Please go through the list and tell me if I can or can't feed them the food:

    >Applesauce
    >Peanut butter
    >Oats
    >Jello
    >Apple crisps
    >Dole Fruit Bowls
    >Grape jam
    >Yogurt covered raisins

    Love you!

  32. Should I ease my hamster into scatter feeding? I'm worried it won't understand right away and end up starving for a bit :(. This is my first hamster so I'm in the process of learning their personalities.

  33. @ 3:12 I poke holes in the veg, use a string, and I hang it on the side. (For those of you who don't have a kabob!)

  34. I just made my Hamster a bin cage and she loves it, she runs and plays but I worry she will chew through it? Is that possible? She's a Syrian Hamster

  35. hi victoria, i have a question, what do you do when you're done with your hamster bedding? i'm wondering because there's so much bedding that needs constant changing and throwing out and i was wondering if there's a less wasteful approach to the job.

  36. another question i can't find, you've said aspen is a safe bedding for hamsters. would you know if "aspen snake bedding" (which is aspen shavings) is also usable for hamster bedding??

  37. Is it okay if I move my hamsters nest because there is a layer of poo on the bottom? I do put it back but I just need to clean all that poo. (This happens every week she poos all over her bottom layer -_- not impressed ?)

  38. Whenever i pick my hamster up. She will just jump and run around my house. Shes a syrian hamster lika Bumble. She ran so fast whenever i picked her outside of her cage.

  39. i was wondering what to do when you first get a hamster like right when you buy them and get in the car. is there anything that you can do to insure that they dont get realy stressed out and get illl or die? thank you

  40. THANKYOU!! My Syrian is an escape master and I'm going to try some of these to hopefully relieve boredom, even though he has over 600 sq in and tons of toys ?‍♀️

  41. Uuu, if you really think cats and dogs are entertained enough and ok with being given a ball four hours and hours, you have a very wrong impression. :,)

  42. I really enjoy the videos, my little hamster has benefit so much from her, believe it or not. I love my hamster "Iblis"

  43. Hey, just wanted to say that these videos are crazy helpful, and have seriously helped me take better care of my new hamster. Keep posting new videos!

  44. These are great! I tried adding the seeds onto my hamster's stick chews, and she stripped all three of them in like 10 minutes. (I had even buried two of them) She has a big tank, deep substrate and lots of toys but seems to spend the whole night trying to escape anyway. Is this a personality thing or are there things I can do to fix it?

  45. We've been watching your videos for quite a few months and find them helpful, informative and VERY sensitive to the needs of hamsters. Thanks for uploading.

  46. This is so helpful!! Thank you ? im getting my second hamster soon and since i got my first your videos have always helped me and have pushed me to give my pets the best care possible thank you for helping me realise my love for hamsters ??

  47. If you have a big hamstercage your hamster will never be bored. You can make hidden places for the food en you can place different kind of food in these places. By refreshing the cages you can make it different. Example make the Hidden places on a different place in the cage and throw there some food. They keep searching till they found it.

    My advice: think different.

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