Help your hamster cool off in the heat

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As temperatures rise, your hamster can suffer from the heat. Take steps to protect it and provide a cool environment with a few simple tips.

Check the temperature of the cage regularly

Make sure that the temperature in the cage The temperature of your hamster remains within a correct range, if not comfortable. It is generally accepted that hamsters can tolerate temperatures between 18°C and 24°C.

Beyond this limit, they may be prone to heat stroke. Check the temperature of the cage regularly with a thermometer and adjust it if necessary.

Move the cage to a cool area

If the room where the your hamster's cage is too hot, consider moving it to a cooler area of the house. Avoid sunny areas, close to windows or heat sources like radiators.

Although it is important to keep the cage cool, it should not be placed directly in a draft. Sudden changes in temperature can be harmful to your hamster.

Refresh the cage

There are many ways to freshen up the cage and help your hamster feel more comfortable. Here are some ideas:

  • Tile Place a piece of tile or a small ceramic plate in the cage. These materials keep cool well, allowing your hamster to lie down and cool off.
  • Wet sponge Put a damp (but not dripping) sponge in a corner of the cage. The evaporation of water will help lower the temperature slightly.
  • Frozen bottle Fill a plastic bottle with water and freeze it. Wrap it in a cloth and place it in the cage. Your hamster can lean against the bottle to cool off.

Change the water in the bottle regularly

Make sure your hamster always has access to fresh water on hot days! This is the most important tip, as it is actually vital. Change the water in the bottle at least once a day, and check it often to make sure it's not empty or blocked.

Offer water-rich foods

Your pet can also benefit from the water contained in some food fresh. Vegetables such as cucumber and lettuce are good sources of (re)hydration for your hamster.

Watch for signs of dehydration

During hot weather, it is crucial to regularly monitor your hamster's health. Here are some signs of dehydration to watch for:

  • Lethargy: a dehydrated hamster will be less active than usual
  • Dull coat: a healthy hamster's coat is usually shiny and well-groomed
  • Sunken eyes: sunken or hollow eyes can be a sign of severe dehydration

If you notice any of these signs in your hamster, consult a veterinarian quickly.

Maintain good ventilation

Good ventilation is essential to keep the cage temperature at a comfortable level. Make sure your hamster's cage is well ventilated and avoid any features that may impede air circulation, such as blankets or covers.

Metal mesh cages generally offer better ventilation than plastic cages. If you live in an area prone to high temperatures, consider investing in this type of cage.

Reduce stress

Stress can exacerbate heat-related problems in your hamster. Avoid unnecessary handling of your pet in hot weather and reduce potential sources of stress, such as loud noises and sudden movements.

By following these simple tips, you'll help your hamster feel more comfortable and stay healthy during hot weather. Remember, if you're suffering in the heat, so is he!

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