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Hamster chewing cage bars is not such a good thing after all!

Your pet hamster could be biting the bars of his cage due to reasons that may require serious considerations. Let’s look into the 4 plausible causes and suitable remedies.

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The little fellow could be seeking its master’s attention

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Hamster chewing on the cage bars is indicative of the pet’s hunger for love. It is important to allow the pet cage-free time daily. Whereby, the hamster can enjoy its owner’s soft embrace and lap-time.

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A long period of confinement in the cage can cause restlessness in the pet.

The small pet is simply bored

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Place a wheel in the hamster’s cage. A hamster wheel enables the pet to run & effectively spend its energy even in a tight space of the enclosure. The nocturnal hamster is gifted with the ability to run long distances covering numerous kilometers each night in its natural surroundings. The wheel promotes the same only difference being the pet performs the task within its cage.

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End the dullness by offering the pet interesting hamster toys such as edible hideaway log and huts, exercise ball, tunnels, igloos, hamster see-saws and so on.

Chewing is a pressing need

Hamster has to grind its teeth continually from preventing them from growing too long. It is important to note that unlike humans a hamster’s front four teeth (two incisors of the upper & lower jaw) grow throughout its lifetime. In-case of overgrown teeth the small pet could face difficulty in eating (leading to decrease in body weight) and suffer from infections in the mouth.

However, chewing the cage’s metal bars can result in a dreadful consequence where the pet develops crooked teeth and if not trimmed frequently may grow tall enough to reach the brain of the little fellow leading to its death.

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Offer the rodent chewy hamster sticks, chunks of wooden branches, foods like carrots, cauliflower, turnips, apples, berries and so forth the pet can nibble on. All of these acceptable items enable the teeth to remain at an ideal length.

A very small cage creates the urge to escape it

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Hamsters may be tiny but one should never place them in a very tiny cage. The pet will chew on the bars in order to sculpt a hole, in an attempt to escape from its home.

Hamster care involves a great deal of responsibility of creating a happy existence for the pet. For owners who opt for metal hamster cages, ensure that the bars are nil on toxicity.

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