What Do I Need For A Hamster?


Hamsters are very undemanding pets, but there are still a few key items they can’t do without. The following is a list of what you need to buy before getting your new pet. For tips on providing care over the first few days take a look at the Bringing A Hamster Home page, which is full of advice.


equipment for a hamster
There are some key pieces of equipment you’ll need to keep your hamster housed, healthy, and happy

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To get you through the first few weeks, make sure you have:

  • A cage large enough for your species of hamster
  • A food bowl
  • A water bottle
  • A suitably-sized exercise wheel
  • Toys
  • A sand bath
  • Scales
  • Food
  • Bedding
  • A hamster house
  • Nail clippers
  • Scales
  • An exercise ball (optional)
  • Chews or gnaws(optional)
  • A carry-cage (optional)
  • A wide-toothed comb(optional)

Set up the cage and all the equipment before your hamster arrives, to give your new pet as smooth a transition to their new home as possible. The equipment listed above will get you through the first few weeks, but be aware that you may need more items as time goes on. For example, any pet can develop health problems that require medicines or treatment items.


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Like all pets, hamsters sometimes develop health problems, such as bar-rub

If you suspect your hamster has a problem with its health, have a look at our Hamster Illnesses section, and seek veterinary advice.

If you need more specific information concerning hamster needs, we’ve compiled many pages on multiple aspects of hamster ownership, from Hamster Health and Hamster Housing, to Hamster Food and Fun.

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Comments

Kirsty, 12 July 2019

I have 4 hamsters and i easily look after them


Dash_Rainbow, 25 May 2019

Once I read that the chew toys were optional, that's when I KNEW this wasn't a reliable site. Just a tip for all those to-be-hamster owners, please please PLEASE get chew toys for your hamster, or else you are actually torturing your hamster. Their teeth will get overgrown if they don't have chews, and they will get very stressed and bite you.


Toby/doodle, 22 May 2019

Thank you I’m in the us but i just went to the first site I saw and this helped!


Alexa, 1 April 2019

This helped me a lot. Now I know what to get for my hamster

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