German Hamster Housing
Author: Rainer Häusler Source: www.hamster-club.com
My name is Hugo and I am
a hamster. I live in a 40 x 24 inch home. I also have a brother, McCreamy next
to me, who has his own home furnished the very same way as mine.
Our landlord furnished
our home very pretty! With an 8-10 inch high litter made of wood chips which we
can dig around in. This way, our corridors are supposed to last longer. But, of
course we’re too lazy to dig around! Maybe we’ll start doing so one of these
days – who knows...
Our wooden home contains
three chambers and is also equipped with a bowl made of ceramic, filled with
Chinchilla sand. We’re supposed to use this as our toilet, but I prefer to
stash my food in there! Besides that, I also dragged my chlorine-free-bleached
toilet paper in there, because I love to sleep there!
Every other day this is
being cleaned – what a service!
Talking about cleaning:
Good thing, my staff is lazy enough to only clean my apartment irregularly!
Since we’re very clean animals, a full clean-up only has to be done in case of
illness! They only take the dirty litter away from the top, put some more fresh
one back in and mix it with the old litter.
I just love my exercise
wheel, which has a diameter of approx. 11 inches and absolutely matches mine.
Would it be smaller, I would have to bend my back while running, what would
really hurt much when I get older! I even know that dwarf hamster need an
exercise wheel with a diameter of at least 8 inches! We also have two 11 inch
wheels made out of plastics in our outside area. Of course, this is the only
thing made of plastic – everything else is made out of wood. Since we don’t
want to get hurt nibbling on plastic parts, our wheels are made out of special
plastic (made by Transoniq, Wodent Wheel or Rodent Wheel)!
They also spoil us with a
nice and large bath out of Chinchilla sand. Dwarf hamster do need this to clean
their fur, I only dig in it for fun. My toenails get nice and shiny this way!
There are also several
other possibilities to play hide and seek in my home to be used. Next to a hose
of cork there is also a little ceramic house and my staff also created an
accommodation made out of toilet paper.
I get fed only the most
delicious food ordered in the internet, since there’s nothing good to be
purchased at the pet shop! It seems like there definitely are a couple of
Internet shops in Germany that are trying hard to produce delicious food
without any additives, pellets and extruded products, since these include
plenty of stuff that is damaging a hamster’s health!
Besides that, we also get
fed fresh vegetables like cucumber, zucchini, carrots, peppers as well as
daisies and dandelion. This is delicious and we can also hide it easily!
As a treat, we get
gnawing sticks which don’t contain sugar, honey or molasses. Thus we don’t get
fat and our cheeks won’t stick together!
We also love sunflower
seeds as well as any kind of nuts, which we always get every now and then.
They’re supposed to make you fat, too.
Our staff also cleans our
drinking bottle and the water bowl every day and fills it with fresh water.
Yes, we’re really spoiled!
Should we get caught at
night, we’re being taken to our outside area. Of course not together, since we
are loners!! There, we do have our two running wheels, two large homes as well
as other possibilities to hide. Also, there are no electrical cables or
anything similar, which we’d like to nibble on, but which are also very
So, I think I told you
enough about how to keep a hamster in Germany! I will go back to sleep now and
hope that you enjoyed my report!
Hugo and McCreamy
*Photos courtesy of: Rainer Häusler.