What do they eat in a day?
Visit the nutrition section for more in depth dietary information.
Here I will break that down into daily amounts.
example feeding plan
1tsp -1tbsp daily high quality
dry food mix (grains/seeds/herbs/flakes/nuts..)
small serving of fresh veg/herbs
fresh water provided
+ protein source as needed e.g. dried mealworm, dried silkworm larvae & dried shrimp
(quantity according to individual protein requirements)
How do you clean the sand bath?
Using a small sieve works wonders for cleaning out the sand bath, remove just the soiled areas (so the rest does not get wasted).
What daily cleaning is needed?
In general, hamsters are fairly low maintenance in terms of cleaning. Using a sand bath with chinchilla sand is recommended so doing a full clean of the whole cage is not required as often. Choose a deep bowl so that the sand will not get kicked out easily.
How do you check they're healthy?
First of all you should check that your hamster(s) are eating and drinking as normal. They can deteriorate very quickly if not, therefore it is important to ensure they have a good appetite. Observing them for just a few minutes a day will allow you to notice anything out of the ordinary (nasal/eye discharge, hair loss, injuries etc) so that is a good practice to do for a few minutes each day. You may also want to check their faeces and make sure they're not too runny etc. If they are in a pair/group, you can also take this time to monitor how they are getting on with each other, and make sure none of them are getting badly picked on by the other(s). Make sure their coat is in good condition (often if they have just woken up it may look a bit matted in places). Try not to wake your hamster up during the day, instead, wait for them to wake up naturally, then observe their behaviour.