Hamsters are as sensitive to temperatures as humans are. If you feel cold, so will the hamster. If the temperature is really hot, then your hamster will feel the heat just like you. If the temperature gets too hot for a hamster, they can suffer a heat stroke. Take into account it is inside a cage, so the temperature will be slightly higher for them and even more so if they are in a cage with plastic walls instead of wired ones. So place the hamster cage in an area that is not too extreme, temperature wise.
- Do not place the cage in a window or next to a heat source like a fireplace.
- Avoid putting the hamster cage in an area that receives direct sunlight.
- Do not place the hamster cage outdoors!
- During the winter, do not let your hamster cage sit directly on a cold surface like a concrete floor. If you have to, wrap insulation around the bottom of the cage like a blanket or a towel.
- On very cold nights, provide your hamster with more nesting material. You can add some extra bedding into its nesting area yourself if you want.
Hamsters Are Not Social Creatures
It is best to have only one hamster per cage. Hamsters do not get along well with other hamsters if they are not from the same liter. So even if you have a big hamster cage, don’t get extra hamsters to fill up the space. One hamster living by itself is just fine.
Cleaning the Cages
You should change the bedding in the cage each week if possible. You can hold out and change it every two weeks, but the odor will start to become noticeable. If you wait a month to clean a hamster cage, it will be very unpleasant.
Be sure to read on what foods you should feed your hamster and the essential items you should have for your hamster on its first day home. Hamsters can become ill like any other animal so know what to do when you have a sick hamster.