Getting a hamster? Here's what you need to know
Hamsters might look small, but they're still a big responsibility and need plenty of care and attention. From what size cage to buy to what you should be feeding your four legged friend, we've got all the info you need to get started.
Getting a hamster as a pet is really exciting. The first thing you’re probably thinking about is where they’ll live, what’s the best cage for a hamster and what do hamsters eat. The simple answer to this is the bigger cage you can get for your hamster, the better! We’d always recommend finding the biggest home for your pet so they can live comfortably.
The next steps are finding the right bedding for your hamster and making sure you have everything your hamster needs to stay happy and healthy. Most importantly of all, remember to do lots of research around where to get your new hamster from (we’d recommend checking reputable rehoming centres first).
We’ve got plenty of advice on our website covering what hamsters eat, what cage to get for your hamster, which breeds of hamsters are kept as pets and how to safely pick up and hold your new furry friend.
Our pet hamster advice
We've put together lots of useful advice articles to help you take the very best care of your hamster. Take a look below at our vets' advice on some frequently asked topics.
Is a hamster for you?
There are lots of small pets out there, so if you're not sure a hamster is right for you, why not read our advice.
Your hamster's home
Finding the best cage for your hamster and the right size cage can be difficult. Read our advice on your hamster's home.
What hamsters eat
Just like any pet, hamsters need to eat food made for them. Check out our full advice on what you should feed your hamster.
Getting a hamster
Where you get your new pet from is really important. You also need to make sure you get the right breed for you. Read our advice.
Holding your hamster
Hamsters aren't cuddly pets but you might need to pick them up sometimes. Learn how to pick them up safely and comfortably.