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Hamster Housing Maintenance

Develop a schedule to keep your hamster’s environment clean.

By Audrey Pavia

Winter White hamster
© Cioli and Hunnicutt/BowTie Studio
Spot-clean your hamster's habitat daily, and do a thorough cleaning once or twice weekly.

Hamsters are clean little animals and they like their surroundings to be clean as well. A clean environment is important for a hamster’s good health.

With this in mind, expect to clean a hamster’s cage and accessories weekly. You may need to clean twice weekly if the cage contains more than one hamster.

To clean the cage, remove the hamster to a safe holding area. Use hot soapy water or nontoxic disinfectant or detergent to clean the cage, dishes and other accessories. Rinse thoroughly and dry the cage and other items completely, then add clean bedding and replace the dishes and furnishings.

Bedding should be checked daily to remove droppings, dirty bedding and caches of old food. Change bedding once or twice a week, as needed.

Every day, remove the water bottle, clean it and refill it with fresh water. This prevents the build up of algae or bacteria. At the same time, check the sipper tube to make sure that it isn’t clogged.

Hamster Housekeeping Schedule
Daily: Clean water bottle and add fresh water; check sipper tube; remove droppings, dirty bedding and old food

Once or twice weekly: Clean cage, food dishes, toys and other accessories; change bedding

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Dwarf hamsters should be kept not in just one store bought cage but TWO!!! >atleast<. Their cages should be ventalated and they should have food, water, bedding, treats, a wheel, and a hidehouse at all times. Hold them for atleast half an hour each day for bonding, trust and just simple play time.
Gracie, North Richland Hills, TX
Posted: 12/1/2013 2:46:45 PM
I;m so crazy about my cage being clean, but now I have to let it go. Since, my new hamster (who I thought was a boy) just had babies 3 days ago. It's driving me crazy!!
Miranda, Lodi, OH
Posted: 7/3/2011 8:28:23 AM
I spot clean like crazy everyday and clean the entire cage twice a week 2 eliminate the odor. I think I'm gonna try 2 potty train
Cecelia, Malibu, CA
Posted: 3/29/2011 5:12:34 PM
Good article. I'm not sure I could litter train dwarf hamsters but I've read accounts from a few who swear they have.
Scout, Greenville, SC
Posted: 2/21/2011 7:19:36 AM
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