Do you have time to take care of it?
While they can be pretty low maintenance
creatures, it's best to know that you'll have the energy
to clean it two or three times a week (once if you're lucky). You need to be able to check if it has water
, and is in good health quite often.
What kind of hamster do you want?
There are Syrians
, the most common
and usually the most healthy
. Teddy Bear Hamsters
fall into this category as well, and can be quite cute. They get mean if you don't handle
them, most breeds do. There are the smaller dwarf hamster
s, that are generally meaner but create less waste
to clean up. There are a lot of different kinds out there, make sure you know a bit about the breed before you bring it home
Are you prepared for the noise
and possible mess
? They can be both, and usually are, depending on the cage
. Hamsters chew on the bars
of their cage, or the plastic, respectively, and it can be very annoying
for a light sleeper. The wheels often make noise
, and the digging and scratching and running around can drive you crazy
at times. They will dig
in their cage and kick bedding out the sides creating mess, if there is too much, or just because they feel like it
Do you even have a good place to keep this thing?
It can't be too hot
or too cold
, too drafty
or not ventilated enough
. Most places have somewhere like this, but not all do. A closet
is not a good place to keep your hamster.
If you have mice
in your house, you have to watch that they can't get into your hamsters food
, or their cage. The mice may spread disease
s to your little hamsty, and that isn't so nice. If you don't have mice but your house is easily accessible
to them, be prepared to deal with the little rodents
entering your domocile. They'll be attracted by the hamsters food
Overall, having a hamster is a positive experience
, as long as you're suited to be a hamster owner