Unfortunately, it often happens that hamsters (but also hamsters in general) start to behave in a strange way. What may look cute or clumsy at first glance may, at second glance, be a behavioral disorder.
A behavioral disorder can have many different faces. For example, if the hamster looks very apathetic, shows no interest in life all around, if he runs constantly in a circle, very little eats (Caution: this could be a disease!) Or gnawing at the cage.
The latter may well be a term for some hamster owners. However, many people are unaware that this is really a behavioral disorder behind it or is currently approaching. It’s also not that you could not “stop” the hamster again. On the contrary.
Just inexperienced hamster owners mean that the hamster might itch on their teeth, hunger or want to get out of the cage. The assumption that the little guy wants to get out of his cage is not that wrong.
Unfortunately, it is still possible to buy cages that are too small. These standard cages of 30 cm in length and 15 cm in width are animal cruelty! Dwarf hamsters are animals that go looking for food at night, thereby covering long distances and thereby satisfying their enormous urge to move. With a cage of the size 30 x 15 cm this should hardly be possible!
That all hamster species in a malposition, such. B. a small cage (minimum size hamster 100 x 50 x 50 cm, middle hamsters 120 x 60 x 50 cm) develop a kind of behavioral disorder is not surprising.
It also plays a big role in how varied the cage has been designed. If the dwarf hamster does not find different things in it like hiding places, climbing facilities, sand baths, wooden houses and nagging possibilities, his life in a limited cage quickly becomes boring. Especially if he has no other way to an outlet in the apartment or a secure area.
A loving and responsible hamster owner should therefore pay attention to the following things:
- Provide the hamster with a sufficiently high amount of scattered litter in which he can dig at least 10cm deep and create aisles. Generally speaking, the deeper the better!
- To offer him sufficient and diverse hiding places such as a wooden house, roots, grass nests, tunnels and corridors.
- Also, the cage should be regularly “spiced up”. Simply by changing the setup. Then the ways to and from the bird feeder are completely different than before. That provides variety!
- Also, the furnishings should be replaced regularly. On the one hand, that sometimes a new smell comes back into the cage, on the other hand, because it makes the hamster much fun to explore new furnishing items.
- Spout is the nuts and bolts. The cage can be designed so lovingly and varied, but against daily spill something can not keep up. The spout should in any case be escape-proof and hazard-free and never take place without supervision!
- Of course, great attention is also on the furnishings of the spout: hiding, climbing and digging possibilities must not be missed here either.
- In addition, a species-appropriate and balanced diet plays a major role. Only when the hamster gets healthy nutrients, it also takes a big part in everything that happens around it, is alert and alert. A real little nose.
- And of course not to forget: to take care of the hamster. Talk to him, feed him by hand, watch him (also to recognize early diseases, for example).
Many of these points are very simple and easy to implement. In the interest of his rodent, therefore, one should do everything to make life in captivity as species-appropriate, varied and unique as possible!
Of course, these points regarding the care, the spout and feeding should be decided BEFORE buying the hamster. Because even a small animal like the hamster costs a lot of time and also brings a lot of effort with it.
In order to spare a hamster a behavioral disorder, it is important to be responsive to its needs and to fulfill them as much as possible. So the little guy definitely spends a great hamster life with his human.