Russian dwarf hamsters are related to the Syrian hamster.Russian dwarf hamsters are relatively inexpensive to care for and are becoming popular pets.Learning how to care for your dwarf hamster will help him live a happy and healthy life, and will allow you to become friends with him.
Step 1: You should choose a cage that is easy to clean.
It is easy for you to clean a good cage for your hamster.Solid flooring is the best choice for a wire hamster cage.The wire cage should have a bar spacing of less than one-half inch.The wires should be covered with a substance.The cage flooring needs to be smooth.One of your dwarf hamster’s leg bones could be broken if he gets his feet stuck in wire flooring.If you have a cage with wire flooring, cover it with a smooth material, such as cardboard or laminate flooring.Colorful plastic tubes and tunnels are fun to look at, but can be difficult to clean.Your dwarf hamster could chew through the plastic.You can clean your hamster’s cage with hot water.His bedding needs to be replaced with each cleaning.A high level of ammonia in the cage can be toxic to your hamster, because glass aquariums don’t circulate fresh air very well.An ammonia build up can be prevented by cleaning the aquarium regularly.If placed in direct sunlight, glass aquariums may heat up quickly.
Step 2: Pick a large cage.
The fact that your Russian dwarf hamster is small doesn’t mean you should put him in a small cage.The bigger the cage, the better.The cage for your dwarf hamster should be at least 24 inches long and 40 inches deep.A bigger cage won’t get dirty as quickly.A large cage will make your dwarf hamster less likely to get bored or agitated.When your dwarf hamster is happy, he’s less likely to chew on things that are bad for him.A large cage will keep dwarf hamsters from being aggressive towards each other.If you want to house your dwarf hamster in a glass aquarium, it should be at least 10 gallons.
Step 3: Place bedding on the cage floor.
There are several benefits to cage bedding.It helps keep the cage clean.Your hamster feels more at home with cage bedding.He will be able to burrow as much as he likes.Pine shavings are very comfortable for a hamster.You can use cedar bedding.Cedar oil can cause your hamster’s hair to fall out.He can become very sick if his skin cracks.
Step 4: The location of your dwarf hamster’s cage should be good.
The temperature stays constant and there are no drafts when you place your hamster’s cage in a comfortable room.The cage should not be placed near a heat source within the room, especially if it is a glass aquarium.A room that is too cold could make your hamster very sleepy.hamsters like to play at night so your bedroom is not a good place for their cage.You might not get a good night’s sleep because of the noise of his activity.
Step 5: Pick a commercial food for your dwarf hamster.
Russian dwarf hamsters eat the same as any other hamster.Hamster food can be pelleted or as seed mixes.Your dwarf hamster needs to eat between one and two ounces of seed mix per day.Give your dwarf hamster something to chew on and it will be very healthy.Your hamster will keep his teeth filed down if he chews on pellets.If you feed a seed mix to your dwarf hamster, be careful as he may pick out the tastiest seeds and miss out on important vitamins.Seed mixes are high in fat.A good quality hamster food should contain at least 15 to 20% of the animal’s body mass.Look for the ingredient label to see how much is in the food.
Step 6: Add fresh vegetables to your dwarf hamster diet.
A dwarf hamster needs to eat more than just pellet and seed mixes.He should add fresh vegetables to his diet.The vegetables should be washed thoroughly to remove pesticides.You should give him fresh vegetables every day and make sure the old ones don’t mold in the cage.Add leafy greens to your dwarf hamster’s diet.You can feed your dwarf hamster with broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers.Once or twice a week, add a small piece of vegetable to your hamster’s diet.This will prevent him from getting sick.Feed a small piece of a vegetable once a day.
Step 7: Your dwarf hamster has a diet.
Your dwarf hamster has a balanced diet.boiled chicken or turkey, hardboiled egg whites, and canned and drained tuna are good sources of protein.Tofu, flaxseed, and roasted soybeans are vegetarian sources of meat.It is a good idea to give your dwarf hamster a little extra nutrition once a week.Feed it to your dwarf hamster in one small piece at a time.
Step 8: Feed your dwarf hamsters.
You can make healthy snacks out of whole grains for your dwarf hamster.Before feeding rice or pasta to him, make sure it’s completely cooled down.It would be good for your dwarf hamster to chew on toast and cereals.Feed the grains in small pieces to your dwarf hamster.
Step 9: There are treats in your dwarf hamster’s diet.
It’s a good idea to add treats to what your dwarf hamster eats.You can find hamster treats at your local pet store.Yogurt drops can be found in your pet store.Your hamster shouldn’t eat them very often because they are very large.
Step 10: Don’t feed your dwarf hamster certain foods.
Russian dwarf hamsters are prone to developing diabetes, so high-sugar foods should be avoided.Corn, white bread, and white rice are high in sugar.Some foods are toxic to dwarf hamsters and should not be eaten.
Step 11: Provide your dwarf hamster with some water.
Russian dwarf hamsters need fresh water.Put a water bottle with a stem and ball bearing in your hamster’s cage and replace it every day.He can reach the stem with his mouth if the bottle is attached to a side of his cage.The water should not be put in a bowl.Your hamster would turn his cage into a mess if he drank water from a bowl.
Step 12: There are toys in the dwarf hamster’s cage.
Environmental enrichment helps keep your Russian dwarf hamster mentally and physically active.It will be easier to tame and handle him if his environment is enriched.Paper towel tubes and empty toilet paper are examples of toys.Plastic portable tubes are great for dwarf hamsters.You can buy them at the store.When he chews through the plastic, he can replace the tube.You can make your own toys.Ladders, hamster houses, and obstacle courses are examples of homemade toys.
Step 13: He should hide his food.
When feeding your dwarf hamster, it is a good idea to hide some of the food in his bedding or cage.He will be encouraged to go for it like he would in the wild.If you notice, your dwarf hamster will put food in different areas of his cage as a snack.
Step 14: Provide your dwarf hamster with something to chew on.
Your dwarf hamster is kept busy and his teeth are filed down by chewing.The dwarf hamster likes to chew on wooden cubes.He can crawl through the holes on multiple sides of the cubes.The bendable wooden toy is made of rounded pieces of wood that are banded together.You can change the shape of the toy to create walls, platforms, and houses for your hamster to play in.Give your dwarf hamster chews.Mineral blocks can last a long time and dwarf hamsters like to chew on them.At your local pet store, you can find chewing materials.
Step 15: Give your dwarf hamster exercise equipment.
Your dwarf hamster is in shape because of exercise.He will be able to get a lot of exercise in his cage with an exercise wheel.If your dwarf hamster gets his feet stuck in wires and breaks a leg, make sure the exercise wheel is solid.Grease the exercise wheel if it starts to sound bad.Your dwarf hamster can exercise outside of his cage with an exercise ball.If you allow him to play in the ball for up to 30 minutes, he will need a rest and may need some fresh air.You can let your dwarf hamster run in the hamster ball in different rooms, but near a pool or stairs.It’s good for your hamster to have plastic flying saucers.He can run on them.
Step 16: You need to wash your hands.
Your dwarf hamster won’t bite you when you pick him up if you have clean hands.If your hand smells like food, he will bite it to get a taste.Before handling a dwarf hamster, wash your hands with soap.
Step 17: You can scoop with your hands inside of his cage.
Your dwarf hamster will be supported as you lift him up if you create a scoop with your hands.He will probably walk onto them if you put your hands underneath your dwarf hamster.Don’t reach into your dwarf hamster’s cage to pick him up.Your hand will remind him of a large bird of prey swooping down to grab him.When putting your hands in his cage, use slow and gentle movements.Speak to your dwarf hamster before you put your hands in his cage.As you go to pick him up, your voice will calm him down.If you want your dwarf hamster to step onto your hands, don’t chase him around his cage.You should let him come to you.
Step 18: Determine if he nibbles or bites.
When you pick up your dwarf hamster, there are differences between nibbling and biting.His nibbles are friendly and allow him to explore your hand.Nibbles do not hurt.Bite are not usually friendly.They are your dwarf hamsters way of telling you that he is stressed, scared, or upset.Hamster bites are very fast and accompanied by a sound of distress.There are bites that can be painful.Don’t jerk your hand away if your dwarf hamster nibbles.This could make him wary of you.He should blow in his face and say no to biting.
Step 19: You should handle your dwarf hamster every day.
Russian dwarf hamsters have short memories, so if you held him the day before, he may not remember.He will not become distressed or upset with not being held enough if he is handled each day.hamsters enjoy being handledDon’t let your dwarf hamster fall out of your hands.When you lift him out of his cage, support his body and keep him close to you.