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Hamsters are generally very clean animals living up to 2-3 years of age. Hamsters should be picked up using both of your hands and never be stroked, picked up suddenly, or picked up from the top as they will get surprised and may bite. However, if handled frequently and gently from a young age, hamsters will seldom bite.
Hamsters do come down with several illnesses such as injury from falling or being dropped, teeth problems, cancer, diarrhoea, and some parasites. It is difficult to notice a hamster in need of medical attention as they are mostly active at night. If you notice anything strange about your hamster bring it to the vet for a check up.
The most important part of caring for a hamster, is providing a propor cage. Deep bedding and lots of nesting material should be provided, cages should have a solid floor and the cage should have no small openings as hamsters have a knack for escaping!
Hamsters should be kept warm and dry and food and water must be available at all times. Hamster food can be purchased at any pet store. Include small amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables to your hamsters food, but make sure you wash it thoroughly to remove pesticides and bacteria. Other kinds of treats can be given occasionally, such as, whole wheat bread, cooked chicken, cheese and sugar-free cereals.
|Our priority now is on housing the remaining 16 dogs from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, many of whom have owners, but who are unable to take them back. The area (land) where the Earthquake dogs are now housed, has been rented for many years but now due to changing circumstances of the owners, is due to be returned to them. That means there is some urgency in building new kennels for them in Sasayama. Your continuing support is appreciated.|