Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hamster Life Hacks: Seven Essential Hacks For Every Hamster Owner

Seven Nifty Tips To Care For Hamsters!


One might think a Hamster requires minimum care due to the sheer size of these little furballs. But if you have had Hamsters before, you’d realize how there’s just as much responsibilities as compared to larger Pets. Perhaps their popularity may have declined since then, but according to social media accounts we've come across the past years, Hamsters are definitely making a come back.

    Cute dwarf Hamster
    Life hacks exist to help aid our everyday lives, of which includes our furry companions too. Pet ownership responsibilities doesn’t have to be a drag, for a simple tip could very well improve and simplify matters— so we can enjoy the company of our Pets even more.



    1. Natural Cleaning Agent

    It's White Vinegar again, taking the main spotlight for the best and most effective cleaning agent for cleaning after all types of Pets! Killing bacteria isn't its only upside, it is also an au-naturel odour killer— non-toxic for your Furkids:
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    • Buy or recycle a spritz bottle
    • Mix 1 part White Vinegar to 3 parts water in the bottle
    • Spray on the desired areas

    For application on carpets or soft material stained with urine, food bits or faecal waste— soak them up with a paste mixture of Baking Soda and Vinegar, leave on for a few minutes before a thorough rinse.



    2. Cleaning Water Bottles

    Water bottles for small animals are a little tough to be completely cleaned, even with a small brush or dishwasher (if the bottle is dishwasher-safe). 
    • Chuck in a small amount of Rice, and add on a bit of hot water.
    • Shake the bottle as much as you can 
    • Rinse over to complete the process and rid every bit of rice grain.
    Rice soaks up leftover debris or gunk in the areas you can’t get to! 
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    3. Keeping Hamster Bottles In Place

    Anti-rust and beautiful Hamster homes now involve a regular glass/acrylic aquarium for better observational purposes and viewing your little Pet go about their days— the only issue here is that there are no grills to secure water bottles to!
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    One nifty trick you can try is using Industrial grade/heavy duty Velcro, to fasten their water bottles onto a flat surface! 

    P.S. We’ve actually tried using these on framed paintings that weigh more than a Hammie’s water bottle. They worked great, just follow through on the given instructions!



    4. Provide A Stepping Stone

    It’s hard to imagine how such a small animal may need nail trimming, but they do! This intricate process isn't a walk a the park for most of us, and could also be extremely dangerous. To avoid accidentally hurting your Hamster through this process, a combination of two strategically placed items does just the trick for many owners ☺

    • Recycle a clean, flat pumice stone or stone
    • Place pumice stone or stone at area where you desire the water bottle to be. 
    • Hang/stick the water bottle above the stone.

    The stone should be where the dispenser tip is, so when your Hammie helps itself up for a drink of water, their nails get a quick filing too!



    5. Recycle Those Paper Rolls

    Just how useful are empty toilet rolls for our small animal friends?! These have served so well for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, and now, performing its handy duties as chew-able tunnels for our Hammie pals. Large, small, long or short, toilet rolls of all sorts are a smorgasbord of possible fun and purpose for your pet Hamster— secret hideaways, anyone?  
    DIY Hamster toys
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    6. Keeping Your Hamster Cool

    Unfortunately, our little furry friends are pretty prone to heating up in hot weather and stuffy rooms. In case you were wondering:
    • It is fine to include some iced-water in their water bottles on hot days. 
    • Got ceramic accessories for Hamsters? Freeze those before placing them back into the cage. 
    • Include moderate servings of frozen fruit or vegetable snacks

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    7. Quieten The Hamster Wheel

    Hearing the sound of a running wheel is just one way we know our Hammies are active. On the other hand, the clanking and whirling at odd timings can make it unbearably tough to catch a good night’s rest for light sleepers. Instead of removing their privilege of having a wheel (not advisable at all), simply oil the centre pivot point with a natural oil like Olive oil. Just one drop, and it is good to go! 



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    Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Pet’s Bed Efficiently: Why You Ought To And How You Can!

    Cleaning Up Your Pet's Bed More Effectively With These Tips!


    Pet health and hygiene at home goes beyond food and grooming as we take a closer look at ways we can create a better living environment for our Pets— cleaning and disinfecting their beds. This responsibility not only applies to Dogs and Cats, smaller Pet types such as Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, even Birds too!
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    Cleaning of their bowls and accessories should be part of a daily routine, discover quick methods and steps of easing up that process here.



    Just How Dirty Can My Pet's Bed Get?


    Like us, our Furkids come in contact with potential bacteria every single day, the only difference is that we have better knowledge to efficiently clean ourselves up. It's high time to give your Pets a hand with that— here are a few questions to address to understand the importance of properly cleaning their beds:


    • Does your Pet shed a lot?
    • How frequent do you take them out for a walk?
    • Does your Pet drool excessively?
    • Do they have current allergies or skin issues?
    • How quickly does dust accumulate at home?
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    Bacteria, germs, diseases and harmful pathogens can be carried through many ways, such as vomit, saliva, urine, faeces, any other form of discharge and even hair/fur. These are potential nesting grounds for a lot of bacteria— Regular washing enables easier and more efficient removal of these pathogens. Since regular grooming is already an essential part to having a pet, why let the cleaning effort go to waste when you can ensure that they are turning in for a good night’s rest on a fresh clean bed☺



    1. Vacuuming 

    To start off, you can include vacuuming your Pet’s bed in your weekly home cleaning regime, especially for Pets that shed a lot— Clumps and clusters of hair and fur get stuck in and on their beds! 

    Hot Tip #1      A good quality vacuum can even come with brush-heads of excellent assistance in picking up Pet hair on fabric.



    2. Lint-Rolling

    A good roll-over with a lint-roller or tape can also quickly get the job done! Additionally, this gets rid of dust, and the chances of them swallowing their own fur is greatly reduced.
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    3. Choosing A Suitable Pet Bed 

    This can be tricky, there are too many adorable designs! Your Pet’s unique preference(s) might come first, but we should also consider if it is laundry-safe. For example, a Pet bed with removable covers that allows washing would be ideal— you can easily chuck the covers into a washer for a good rinse. A bed with non-removable covers on the other hand, would require a much longer time to dry after rinsing.



    4. Disinfecting With High Heat

    The advised temperature to successfully kill any harmful pathogens is 60°C to 70°C (140°F to 158°F). 
    • Pre-soak bed covers in boiling water and Pet-friendly detergent
    • Opt for an even natural cleaning agent like Distilled White Vinegar instead.
    • Soak for at least one hour 
    • Rinse thoroughly with water 
    • For laundry-friendly fabrics, pop them in the washer!

    Frenchie In Bed
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    Hot Tip #2      Avoid using bleach and fabric softeners, bleach is harmful if not properly washed and ingested by your Pets, and fabric softeners could be really tough on their sensitive noses.



    5. Drying Methods

    Using a Dryer is one efficient way to dry any permissible material, but for those of us that do not have one available at home, the Sun is your best friend! Fresh, sunned-out laundry not only smells great, it further depletes any remaining bacteria. Now you can ensure your Pet has a clean and dry bed ready on the very same day of washing☺

    Don’t forget to give their beds a good spritz of Pet-friendly disinfectants and air out before you usher your Furkids in.

    Hot Tip #3      During seasons where you can’t be too sure of rain or shine, swing by a Laundromat and pop your laundry into a Dryer for a spin!
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    Happy Cleaning!


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    This article was written with informational purposes, as you know, we’d love to share our collective research and experiences as fellow Pet owners and lovers. It is not meant to alternate in any way as advice or diagnosis of Professionals.

    ThePetsDialogue claims no credit for images posted on this article unless otherwise displayed/stated. All rights go to respective owners as mentioned. If you do not wish for your image(s) to appear here do drop us an e-mail and it will be removed promptly. If you do wish to use any of our original published information, you are welcome to contact us!