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  • Set up a schedule of consistent time and attention each day to maintain tameness.
  • Clean the enclosure environment at least weekly to reduce odors and check for food in hiding spots that was hoarded and left to spoil.
  • Use a wheel with solid flooring or modify a wire wheel by weaving a paper material through the rungs to prevent leg damage.
  • Ensure that droppings are normal firm pellets. Sticky or soft droppings may indicate diarrhea, while scant, smaller droppings may indicate constipation.
  • Because free-ranging hamsters spend almost all daylight hours underground, exposure to direct sunlight in captivity is not desirable.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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