The Five Commandments of Dwarf Hamster Care



Rule #1

for Dwarf Hamster Care: A Roomy, Escape-Proof Enclosure

For starting pet owners, a ten- to twenty-gallon aquarium will be a good enclosure for proper dwarf hamster care. For some of the smaller breeds that must live alone, a wire cage is also a good idea as long as the wires are close enough together that the tiny hamster will not be able to escape. Other people think tube enclosures are nice and will buy these and watch their hamster ‘tunnel’ around in the tubes.

Rule #2

for Dwarf H Care: A Hamster Wheel and Other Ways to Scamper Around All Day

Provide your dwarf “hammie” a hamster wheel because the average dwarf h can run up to five miles on the exercise wheel. Why so much, because the d hamster is a mammal that needs to sustain its very high metabolism by moving around a lot. Without an exercise wheel, the hamster will not have enough activity and could become sedentary, sick, and die sooner than he would normally.

Remember that your pet shop may carry specialized hamster wheels for a d hamster. They are specialized because they are small enough and the rungs on the wheel are close enough to each other to prevent injury to the animal.

Rule #3

for Dwarf H Care: Cushiony Surfaces, a.k.a. “Bedding”

Hamsters are burrowing creatures. The enclosure should have proper flooring such as wood shavings or sawdust to let your hamster burrow and tunnel around like he would in the wild. This aspect of dwarf hamster care does not have to be expensive, though. Wood shavings are the cheapest, most easily available form of bedding but there are other kinds which might be better suited to your little pet. The substrate should be replaced weekly as the wood shavings absorb urine and quickly become foul if left for too long. It might also be prudent to provide a box of some sort for where the hamster will sleep.

Rule #4

for Dwarf H Care: Provide Plenty of the Right Feed

Since it has very high metabolism, a dwarf hamster will eat a LOT of food relative to really tiny size. For proper d hamster care and feeding, a beginning owner can chose from hamster pellets, seeds, dried fruits and vegetables. However, try to minimize the amount of sweet or sugary foods that you feed your hamster because some species are known to be prone to diabetes. Also provide them with lots of water because their high level of activity makes them prone to dehydration.

Rule #5

for D Hamster Care: Something They Can Sink Their Teeth Into

Like all rodents, dwarf hamsters grow their teeth, the incisors specifically, all their lives. A soft wooden chew toy is a must. Otherwise the hamster will try to gnaw on its cage, its food bowl, its wheel or any other hard material it can find so that it can pare down its front teeth. Over-long front teeth hurt your pet’s lips and mouth.

For starters, you now know that sound dwarf h care requires at least a sound, comfortable cage, playthings to soak up all that energy, deep bedding, a variety of healthy feed and chew toys. For more about your choice of breeds and the needs of a growing family of d hamsters do look at the informative article in this series about dwarf h care.


There are five hard-and-fast rules about dwarf hamster care you must follow before taking home one of these endearing pets. It is important to know what kind of cage to put them in, how to furnish their home and what to feed them.


Source by Andrew S Semon

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