Roborovskis will have different personalities just like any other pet – some are timed and remain so all their life, while others can be very affectionate and loving, allowing you to handle them whenever you want.
Some are very active and others will be active at certain times of the day or night.
Whatever their individual traits are, they all need the same amounts of care and attention.
If you decide to have one of these creatures it is essential that your Roborovski Hamster Care is up to scratch and they are looked after properly for the rest of their life with you.
If you ensure their living accommodation is clean and comfortable with lots of toys and thing to explore they will thrive – they are naturally an affectionate pet and if they are happy in their surrounding they will be more relaxed and happy with you.
Roborovski Hamsters will be happy by themselves, but they are even more content (and affectionate) when in pairs – a brother or sister pairing is best, (*Other mixtures of pairing may not work and can lead to fighting.)
Taken from the litter together and housed together in their new home – they naturally live in groups and are not solitary creatures.
Even though they originate from a very hot climate, they will spend a lot of time underground where it is cooler – so the ideal temperature for them is around the 60 – 80 deg F mark – in a well ventilated and bright room.
Getting prepared for your new hamsters arrival is essential and buying all the correct equipment is necessary for good Roborovski Hamster Care – the minimum equipment required prior to the new arrival/s is:
- A good cage
- Clean, safe bedding materials
- Correct food and treats
- Correct Water Bottle
- Exercise wheel
- Toys and hiding places
- Exercise ball
- Bathing sand bath
Essential Roborovski Hamster Care to keep your hamster clean – BATHING
*Never bathe your hamster in water.
You can, instead, let them have a sand bath – in the wild, a Roborovski Hamster will roll around in the sand dunes having great fun but also cleaning his fur with the sand, so a sand bath is perfectly natural for them.
However, the type of sand you use is very important – I only ever suggest using only one type of sand which is specific for small animals like hamsters.
It has been screened for all the bad things and is bacteria free – the sand bead size is also screened to be the perfect size for cleaning your hamsters fur.
The Supreme Petfoods Science Bathing Sand will leave your hamster with a glowing coat and works really well.
You must ensure you keep your hamsters cage clean.
How often you clean his cage out and put fresh bedding and toilet litter down will depend on two thing:
- how large the cage is
- how many hamsters are in it
But, as a general rule, a full change will be needed each week – as a minimum.
Generally you will need to clean a ‘small’ cage at least once a week – for a larger cage it is possible to clean it less due to the bigger area, however, you must inspect it every day and if you have a particularly messy hamster this may mean cleaner more often.
Never leave the cage in a wet, smelly or unhygienic condition, this will certainly have an effect on your hamsters behaviour and can even cause them to develop respiratory problems and also diarrhoea.
Without doubt, you must put down a highly absorbent bedding – I consider one of the best is Carefresh Premium Pet Bedding – this product works very well and hamsters like it a lot.
It is also important to check their cage every day and remove any of their bedding that has been soiled or is wet and renew with a little bit of new bedding.
Any uneaten food must also be removed and disposed of – and replaced with fresh.
Keeping the cage clean
Along with clean bedding, a clean toilet area and fresh food, the cage itself will require cleaning each week to prevent any build up of germs and bacteria – this is a straightforward job and just requires the cage to be washed out with hot water – if there are any areas that have bad smells, these can be treated using a little vinegar, but always rinse well.
Don’t forget to give all the toys and accessories a wash down too – some hamsters will nibble there toys, while others will pee on them.! So always check for smells and wash accordingly.
Potty training your hamster.
It is a good idea to try and train your hamster to use a specific toilet area – it will save you a lot of effort in the long run.
Fortunately there is an excellent product available to help achieve this – it is very good and does seem to work well all the time. Hamsters seem to be drawn to it and will use it as a toilet whenever possible.
The Superpet Potty Litter will last a week between refills and stops smells.
A bowl is all you need and fill it with the Potty Litter – I find my hamsters will only go in their toilet area even when there is a choice to just pee anywhere.!
There are also purpose made hamster toilets like this Corner toilet with a hood for your hamster to have some privacy.
This one shown here is very good and fits snugly into a corner – it only costs £4 all in from Amazon and a worthwhile investment, especially when you consider it will save you money on bedding.
Now this is not the definitive Roborovski Hamster Care list, but hopefully it gives you a guide as to what is involved in keeping your hamster in good health – it’s not difficult, but just requires consistency of effort on your part.
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