Caring for a hamster is an easy way for children to learn the importance of responsibility.
Hamsters Are The Perfect First Pet
The best selection for a child’s first pet is a hamster. They are fuzzy adorable little creatures, that are easy to care for. Since hamsters are solitary animals they are the happiest living alone, which makes them an ideal pet.
Hamsters are easy on the family budget. They can be purchased at most pet stores for minimal cost. Caring for a hamster is a good, and easy way for children to learn the importance of responsibility.
A hamsters basic needs are few, a little food, fresh water, and good ventilation. You will also need a cage with an exercise wheel for them. Since hamsters are relatively quiet, and sleep at night you should not be disturbed by them.
In order to tame a new hamster, you can offer them treats. At the beginning, your hamster may appear nervous or timid. With a treat in hand, slowly reach into their cage and allow them to get used to your scent and movements. After a few times of reaching in, their curiosity will draw them to the treat. Speak gently in a soft voice and they will probably allow you to hold them in your hand. Your hamster will soon become accustomed you and will begin to climb into your hand on its own.
Another good thing about hamsters is they do not have a strong odor. They are fairly sanitary and do not shed much compared to other animals. Even though they are rather clean, their cage would should be cleaned at least once a week to maintain their cleanliness.
Syrian hamsters are very solitary animals and should caged alone, because they will fight with other hamsters in their cage. Russian and Chinese breeds can live together in the same cage, however, they will adapt best if they are introduced to each other while still very young.
Although rare, a hamster, like any animal may react if it is mishandled. Overall they are a gentle pet, but they may bite if they are squeezed or held too tightly. Many elementary teachers, keep caged hamsters in their classroom, that the students are allowed to play with, handle, and observe for a class project.
Hamsters are generally trouble free. Regardless the age of your child, parental guidance will be needed to oversee the proper care of their new pet.
Everyone will enjoy playing with the new hamster and it will soon become a member of the family.
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