Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hamster Life Hacks: Seven Essential Hacks For Every Hamster Owner

Hamster Life Hacks: Seven Essential Hacks For Every Hamster Owner

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, with regards to providing them a safe and happy home. We remember when hamsters were first introduced to us while we were much younger, with barely enough knowledge on how to rear one. Since then, the popularity of Hamsters have declined greatly, but there are still Hamster fans around of course!
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, because there are always hacks to improve and simplify matters at hand so we can enjoy the company of our Pets even more. Let’s have a look at SEVEN life hacks for Hamsters!

1. Natural Cleaning Agent Yes its White Vinegar again! Taking the main spotlight for the best and most effective cleaning agent for cleaning after our Pets, for Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, and now, Hamsters! Not only does it clean well and kills odour, it is also non-toxic for our Furkids.
Natural cleaning agent
Simply mix one part White Vinegar with 3 parts water in a spray bottle and spritz away. If you have 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. Effective Cleaning Of Water Bottle — 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.
White Rice for Cleaning
Shake the bottle as much as you can whilst the Rice soaks up leftover debris or gunk in the areas you can’t get to! Rinse over to complete the process and every bit of rice grain.

3. Keeping The Bottle In Place — A lot of DIY Hamster homes involve a regular glass/acrylic aquarium, so owners can admire and watch over their pet Hammie. The only issue here is that there are no grills to secure their water bottles to!
Heavy Duty Velcro Strips
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!

4. Leave A Stone — It’s hard to imagine how such a small animal may need nail trimming, but they do, and it could be extremely tough to do so on those tiny, tiny nails! To avoid accidentally hurting your Hamster through this process, it’s a combination of two strategically placed items.
Cute dwarf Hamster
Place a Pumice stone or stone at the area where you would like the water bottle to be. Next, 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. Recycling 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 it has now been transformed to chew-able tunnels for our Hammie pals.
DIY Hamster toys
Recycle those empty toilet-paper/kitchen towel rolls (short and long), your Hamster will be kept busy scuttling through these paper tunnel, getting a good chew on, and catching up on a nap inside too!

6. Chill That Ham — Unfortunately, our little furry friends are pretty prone to heating up in hot weather and stuffy rooms. In case you were wondering, yes it is fine to include some iced water in their bottles on hot days.
Hamster eating
Otherwise you may also freeze their ceramic “accessories” and let them cool off in those. Frozen fruit pr vegetables can also be served.

7. That Noisy 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 tough to catch a good night’s rest. Instead of removing their privilege of having a wheel (totally not advisable), 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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