Setting Up a Habitat

Many types of housing are available at pet stores, however the best option is an aquarium with a wire mesh top. Plastic enclosures can retain hamster waste fumes, causing respiratory problems. Wire cages often have openings large enough for these tiny hamsters to squeeze through.

Here is a list for a comfortable habitat setup for your hamster(s):

1. Aquarium
Purchase a suitable habitat for your hamster. Campbell's Russian hamsters are best housed in glass aquariums or tanks. When choosing an aquarium, the larger the aquarium, the better. Avoid cages that are sold for normal-sized hamsters. The Campbell's Russian hamster may be able to squeeze through the bars. Additionally, cages marketed specifically for mice and Dwarf hamsters are often too small, so the aquarium is the best choice.Secure the tank with a wire mesh lid to prevent escape.

2. Water bottle

Water bottle. Place it in a corner of the aquarium.

3. Toys
Provide at least some of the following:
wooden chews
toilet paper roll
A sufficient number of toys are essential to your pet's stimulation, health, and happiness. Change out the toys in the habitat to keep your hamster interested. Introduce new toys and bring back old ones.

4. Food

Food. Tip: To occupy your hamster, scatter the pellets or blocks around the habitat for your hamster to forage for instead of placing food in a regular hamster bowl.
Your hamster will need fresh food pellets or blocks and plenty of fresh water every day. Seed mixtures should be used as treats only -- hamsters may select the tastier portions and leave behind important nutrients.
For occasional treats, give your hamster pieces of pistachios, peanuts, bread, lettuce, or pieces of fully cooked meat or fish. Avoid sugary treats like apples, carrots, and sugary packaged treats. Introducing fresh fruits and vegetables slowly to avoid diarrhea.
Feel free to offer your Campbell's Russian hamster treats, but don't give them too many.

5. Bedding

Place fresh, safe, and clean bedding into your hamster's living space. A 3-in. layer should suffice. If you wish, you can provide up to 4 or 5 in. of bedding. There are several brands of bedding available in pet stores. Shredded paper can also be used.

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