Have you ever wonder, “How can I make my hamster live longer?” Although our pets can’t live with us indefinitely, the proper setup and care will help them live a long life. In fact, as we continue to improve their housing and nutrition, the lifespans of many indoor animals, including hamsters, have been steadily rising. Still, we can only be with our adorable friends for a few years (unless you decide to bring home a tortoise, in which case prepare your great-grandchildren to inherit it).
While in dogs a smaller breed typically lives longer than a larger one, for small pets the opposite is true. Compared to guinea pigs, which live longer than hamsters, bunnies have a longer life expectancy. Nobody wants to say goodbye to a furry friend, but preparing for the inevitable by considering a hamster’s lifespan can be helpful.
How long can you keep a pet hamster?
You should plan to care for a hamster for two to three years, though this depends somewhat on the type you bring home. Of course, if you adopt an older hamster, your time together will be shorter, but you will be helping abandoned animals in a noble and important way. If you’re lucky, you might have a hamster that lives to be four years old. If longevity is important to you in particular, look for a Robo Dwarf Hamster, as it has the best chance of living a long life.
What illnesses do hamsters have?
We certainly hope that your pet eventually reaches old age after leading a full and content life. But hamsters do have a propensity for certain diseases, just like all other animals. The most frequent illness in these little guys is a cold.
It all comes down to a balanced diet, a lot of exercise, and a calm setting. Occasionally, your veterinarian may prescribe something to help him manage the symptoms, but for the most part, you just need to wait it out (just as you would if you were sick). But distinguish between a cold and wet tail, a fatal illness that, left untreated, can kill in just 24 hours. Call the vet right away and have him put on antibiotics if the underside of your hamster is moist (and possibly fluids).
The telltale symptoms – runny nose, droopy eyes, and sneezing – will alert you to the situation. Do your best to avoid stressors as many hamster illnesses are triggered by tension. That entails removing anything from the area that might cause anxiety, such as other pets. Small and large pets can live together in harmony, but they must have separate areas that are kept far from one another.
Provide hay, fruits, and vegetables, along with commercial pellets to complete your hamster’s diet. Most importantly, he must always have access to water because hamsters enjoy drinking. Finally, you need to keep him entertained with a ton of toys and lots of attention, especially since most hamsters live alone.
How can I make my hamster live longer?
Your hamster can live a long, healthy life with a little tender care. Keep in mind that the Syrian breed dislikes company and cannot be kept with other animals of the same species. So before choosing another, make sure your plans are well thought out and wait until one has moved on to the happy nesting grounds. Remember that despite being regarded as a good first pet, these rodents require a lot of care and attention. Even if it’s just a three-year promise, make sure you’re prepared for the commitment before bringing one home.
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