In the UK winter seems to be lasting forever, I think I blinked and missed Autumn completely! as we approach April there is still a lot of snow on the ground and temperatures are rarely rising above the heady heights of 7 degrees... Brrrr!
In these cold conditions it is important to keep your hamster warm. Provide extra bedding material so your hamster can make an extra cosy nest and make sure the cage is not placed in a drafty area. If you can, place the cage near (but not directly infront of) a radiator, as this will help keep your hammy warm.

You can also provide warm (but not hot) nutitional treats as well, to help your hamster keep on some body weight. Simple scrambled eggs (no salt or pepper) will be appreciated in tiny amounts, and you can also provide small amounts of warm porridge too,

Hamsters should be kept warm and this will help them avoid hibernation. Domestic hamsters are ill equiped to cope with hibernation, and should your hamster become cold and unresponsive, you should wrap it in a towel (leaving only its head out) and place it on a radiator or hot water bottle. If you are female, then place your hamster in your bra, your bodyheat could be the best medicine. You should try and warm your hamster up and get it to a vet as soon as possible.

Stay warm! :)
 
 
Those of us in the UK were probably glad of the break in dismal weather this week, and the arrival of some warmth and sunshine made a nice difference, breaking up the monotony of rain and bleak skies.

Temperatures soared and we enjoyed the hottest weather of the year to date, with balmy days in the low 20s. However, whereas we can change our clothes to suit the climate or simply move ourselves into the shade, our pets cannot do that.

Hamsters will not really malt that much, so it is important to keep the cage in a cool spot and out of the direct sunlight. If your hamster has a plastic cage then placing it in the sun is like putting your hammy in a green house. Please don't do it!

Help keep your hamster cool by opening windows and providing cold water, you could even crumble up some ice cubes and add it to the water to help keep it from warming too quickly.

You can also give your hamster small pieces of chopped, washed cucumber to help hydrate them, or even a few frozen peas.

These are small steps that can help make a difference to your pet's comfort during the warmer months! Of my two, Luna is charging about as usual so I am making sure she is getting plenty to drink, and Skye spends her time resting. At two years, two months old Skye's body temperature is naturally lower than Luna's and she is less active. I am making sure that she too has access to water and hydrating treats, and both hamsters will be moved if the heat gets too much in 'their' room.