Keep Your Pet Hamster Happy with a Clean Cage

A cute pet hamster (syrian) climbing out of its cage.

Keeping your pet hamster happy requires knowing the right way to clean its cage.

Since hamsters are a part of the rodent family, you may not think of them as being a particularly clean animal. However, cleanliness is very important to hamsters, and keeping your pet’s cage in the right condition will be a big part of whether or not your pet hamster is happy. Here are a few tips for making sure your habitat is in good shape for the well-being of your furry little friend.

Occupying Your Pet Hamster During Cleaning

This quick little animal can easily make a break for it during the cleaning process. Therefore, it is a good idea to move your pet hamster somewhere else while you care for the cage. An exercise ball that allows your hamster to explore the home outside of the cage while you do maintenance is a great idea, and also gives your pet some needed exercise and recreation.

Care for Toys Properly

First, take all of the toys out of the cage. Use warm soapy water, and be sure to rinse all of the toys thoroughly so there is no chance of the soap making your pet ill. Leave the toys on a paper towel so they can dry while you care for the cage itself.

Cleaning the Cage

Remove all of the bedding. Then use a specially designed hamster-friendly disinfectant to clean the cage. If you don’t have access to a safe disinfectant, you can make your own with a 1-1 mixture of water and vinegar. Leave the cage to dry completely before you lay down the new bedding and return the toys to the cage.

Important: Your pet hamster will remember where everything was when you removed him from the cage. Thus, putting everything back just so is important to keep your pet happy. You might want to make a note in advance before you remove everything from the cage to make sure you can replace it in a reasonably similar way.

That’s all it takes to clean a hamster cage. Clean your cage weekly if it is a smaller-sized one. Larger cages can go a little longer between cleanings.

Enjoying Some Recreation With Your Pet Ferret

Close up of one pet ferret laying down on a couch, while the other is inside a glass jar.

There are many benefits to both you and your pet ferret enjoying some quality time together.

Ferrets are fun-loving pets, and they will find ways to enjoy themselves, whether it be jumping around, doing a dance, or simply running into stuff. So why not join your pet ferret in the fun, and get in a little bonding time?

The Necessity of Spending Time With Your Pet Ferret

Here are some of the benefits that both you and your ferret will derive from enjoying this quality time together.

  • Ferrets need to be more than just physically stimulated by their recreation. Make them exercise mentally as well. This will keep your pet happy.
  • Recreation has the same effect on both humans and ferrets. Endorphin levels are increased. This is what makes us and our pets feel good after exercise, and it helps to build the bond.
  • If laughter is the best medicine, playing with your ferret will be good for your health. Seeing the antics of these delightful creatures can result in some hearty laughter and an overall good time.

In reality, both you and your ferret will benefit equally from such activity. To plan out activities, remember these two things:

  1. Don’t repeat the same activities every time. Ferrets get bored pretty easy, so be original. You can repeat things your pet seems to enjoy—but not day after day.
  2. You could get some ferret toys at the store, but it can be much more enjoyable coming up with an idea and making some yourself at home. Plenty of things are available in your home that could easily become a game to a ferret, such as something to crawl through, chew on, or toss around.

The primary thing to remember is how smart these little creatures are. It’s not enough to just let them out of the cage for a few hours per day. They need some stimulation. A ferret that becomes destructive is more than likely a really bored ferret. Your interaction can make the difference in whether or not your pet ferret feels a meaningful connection to you and a sense of happiness in your home.