The following is a list
of things you will need for your hamster:
Cage - Suitable
for the type of hamster you will buy.
Wheel - This is
a must for a hamster cage. In the wild hamsters will run for many
miles in one night. It will also stop your hamster from becoming
Water Bottle - This
must be provided at all times. Water bowls shouldn't be used as
the water can easily become dirty and if bedding ends up in it it
can soak the whole cage. Bowls are also dangerous around young hamster
as they can drown.
Food Bowl - These
aren't essential as some people will scatter the hamster food around
the cage. But this can make it hard to remove uneaten food and you
are also unable to check how much the hamster has eaten.
Floor Covering -
The best type for this is Aspen shavings or Carefresh. These are
both safe for your hamster. Many pet shops will sell Cedar and Pine
shavings and will say they're fine to use when in fact they're not.
They both contain phenols which are harmful to hamsters overtime.
Bedding - I find
the cheapest the best bedding for hamsters is unscented plain white
toilet paper. Hamster love to shred this and sleep in it. Shredded
paper can also be used from pet shops but this is more expensive.
You should avoid any of the following beddings as they will harm
your hamster: Newspaper/Printed Paper, Fluffy Bedding, Cotton Wool.
Chews - Hamster
teeth continue to grow throughout their life so they need something
hard to chew on to keep them trimmed. Many pet shops sell special
made hamster wood chews or mineral stones. I find hamsters enjoy
hard dog biscuit treats, but make sure they contain no garlic as
this is harmful to hamsters.
Food - Any nutritional