Most people assume that hamsters are an easy, low-maintenance pet that any kid can take care of. While hamsters might not be as time-intensive as a dog or cat, there are still a lot of things that any prospective hamster owner should know before taking their new pet home. Here are some important facts about hamsters to consider before deciding to pick one up from the pet store.
1. Hamsters are nocturnal.
It's not a pleasant thing to think about, but if you drive a car, there is always a possibility that you will hit a living thing with your vehicle. Sadly, almost 1.2 million dogs are killed each year in the U.S. in road traffic accidents. Do you know what you should do if you hit a dog with your car? It may not be pleasant to think about, but every driver should think about what they need to do in case they ever find themselves in this situation.
Just when you are throwing out the cough syrup and putting tissues back in the cabinet, there's a new flu for which to be alert. However, this one won't affect you. The canine flu recently arrived in this country and has been making dogs miserable from the Midwest to the Pacific Ocean. While most dogs will weather this new illness without complications, it's important to recognize its symptoms in your furry friend and seek veterinarian services if he/she becomes sick.