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Pet Care - home

Before you buy a hamster, there are some basic items you should have:
These are:
• Habitat
• Bedding
• Food bowl
• Water bottle
• Hamster food
• Exercise wheel
• Wooden chews, chewable cardboard mazes

Soft bedding
You should provide your hamster with lots of soft bedding in his home. It should be at least 8 cm (3") thick so that he can enjoy burrowing. You can choose from many different types of bedding, for example Living World's Shavings, Alpine Hay, Wheat Straw and Corn Cobs. Shavings are safer than fine sawdust as this may irritate your hamster's eyes and lungs.
Don't use cat litter as this may contain dangerous chemicals and never use cotton wool, tissues or synthetic fibers either as these can kill your hamster. If you want to give him some especially cozy bedding, you can buy Living World Hamster Fluff.

Where should his habitat go?
Don't put the habitat on the floor - it should go on a sturdy table, shelf or stand in a peaceful place so that your hamster can sleep during the day without being disturbed. It should be in a room between 18C to 24C (64F to 75F), which is a comfortable living-room temperature for humans. If you put your hamster in a cold room or shed he may hibernate. Make sure his home is not in a draught, but isn't in direct sunlight either.

A Den for sleeping or food storage
Your hamster will appreciate having a den in his home such as the Habitrail® OVO Den he will use this as a private bedroom or a larder where he can store food.

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