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    Basic Necessities

    Post by Admin on Thu 07 May 2009, 5:17 pm

    *DO TAKE NOTE THAT HAMSTERS ARE HIGHLY PROFILIC BREEDERS..WE STRONGLY ADVISE NEWBIES TO KEEP 1 HAMSTER OR HOUSE INDIVIDUALLY*
    *THIS IS TO PREVENT FIGHTS AMONG THEMSELVES AND ALSO OVERPOPULATION LEADING TO ABANDONMENT*

    Newbies tend to be clueless on the necessities to prepare for the new addition into the family.
    Below are some of the basic necessities that can make life more cosy for your hamster(s).

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    Basically, there are 2 types : Cage or Tank

    1) CAGES

    • There are many sizes and brands available in the market.
    • A reasonable sized cage that can hold a wheel, food dish, water bottle, toilet and some other accessories will be good.

    2) TANKS

    • There are guppy tank, 5plan Acrylic tank, glass tank.
    • Sizes commonly found are 1ft,1.5ft, 2ft.
    • Guppy tank is the lightest to carry while a 2ft 5plan tank might be too heavy for some.

    - Prices for cages range from $20+ to $100+, tanks cost $20 to $40 while customised tanks may cost more.

    Dwarf hamsters like Winter Whites, Campbells and Roborovskis can stay in smaller homes while Syrians are recommended to stay in 2ft home. As hamsters are great escapists, do ensure that the cage/tank doors are closed at all times unless with supervision.

    BEDDINGS

    1) CareFresh (grey), CareFresh Ultra (white), CareFresh Colors. *CF/CFU as commonly termed*
    2) Healthy Pets (grey), Healthy Pets (white). *HP/HPU as commonly termed*

    • Comes in 10L and 50L.
    • Price ranging from $10+ to $60.

    3) Breeder Celect. *BC as commonly termed*

    • Comes in 6L,15L and 35L.
    • Prices ranging from $9 to $40.

    4) Corn Cob

    5) Chipsi

    TOILET AND TOILET SAND

    Recommended brands of sand to use are :

    1) Charlie Chinchilla Sand ($16/bot)
    2) JR Farm Sand ($31/4kg pack)
    3) Sluis Sand ($11/bot)
    4) QueFeng (QF) ($12/2kg pack)

    Why only the above 4 are recommended?
    Other brands of sand especially the scented ones are found to cause skin irritation and furloss to some hamsters thus we do not encourage them to use it. Some are of powdery types which can cause respiratory problems.
    (We try to recommend something better though the price may be abit more than those commonly found.)

    As for toilet/bath houses, there are many out there to choose from.
    From normal rectangular to circular to squarish or odd shape, as long as it is comfortable for your hamsters!
    Price ranging from $2 (small rectangular tupperware container) to $10 for some branded types.

    MAKAN/MUNCHIES

    Vitakraft Series : Sunshine,Wellness, Emotion, Dinner, Power
    JR Farm Series : Feast
    Marukan Series : Orange pack, Stars

    OTHER YUMMIES :

    • Origins Brand : Bran Fibre, Buckwheat, Rolled Oats, Flaxseed, Golden Flaxseed, Pine Nut
    • Organic Paradise Brand: Four Grains, Unhulled Buckwheat, Pine Nut, Flaxseed, Golden Flaxseed, Black Sesame, Brown Sesame, White Sesame,
    • Popped Barley : from most TCM stores. (do check that is is whitish n clean looking with no bugs)
    • Fresh Veggies and Fruits. (Small quantities is alright)


    NAP TIME / FUN TIME

    A MUST to have in any homes for your hamster is a WHEEL!
    Sanko Wild Wheel, of size, 12cm, 17cm and 21cm, priced between $12-27 will be a good investment for your little ones!

    A hideout (Daiso or Marukan Hamhead, Ceramic Bowls, any other cosy "bed" ) will provide hamsters with a sleeping corner.
    A toilet roll can provide self-entertainment when YOU are not around to play with them.
    Plenty of Interaction Time between you and your hamster will be the best play time they want! Very Happy

    *PS : DO TAKE NOTE THAT IT IS JUST A ROUGH GUIDE.

    PRICES ARE SUBJECTED TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. KINDLY CHECK WITH THE PET SHOPS FOR MORE UPDATED PRICING.

    WE DO NOT HOLD RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OF FUR OR LIFE IN THIS FORUM.

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