Hamsters need a roomy cage with a dark area for sleeping/hiding,
and filtered water.
They should be fed a commercial hamster food with the occasional vegetable and fruit. Avoid seed based diets.
Paper bedding, such as Care Fresh is ideal.
Provide an exercise wheel in the cage. If using an exercise ball, be very cautious that it does not fall down stairs.
Hamsters need vet exams and stool checks 1-2 times per year.
Bloody urine may indicate a UTI, or a reproductive tumor in females. Spaying females may prevent reproductive tumors.
Old age problems include arthritis and neoplasia.
** Hamsters are nocturnal and may bite
if disturbed while asleep during the daytime**