Hamsters are creatures of habit that are extremely reluctant to leave their surroundings. But if you have to move, you should consider the following tips for transport.
He was just romping happily in his home, but now the hamster is supposed to go on a rocking and cramped ride to a new apartment. He doesn’t like that at all, because for such a small animal it’s a huge adjustment. Therefore, make the transport as pleasant as possible for your hamster so as not to cause him any stress.
The right transport box for moving with hamsters
A transport box pays off for a move with hamsters. This should have a minimum length of 25 cm and a lockable door. If you take a handful from the previous dwelling with you for the bedding in the transport box, then the stressed-out rodent will feel a little more familiar in the unfamiliar environment. Place a cloth over the transport box. This way he gets less draught, and it doesn’t get too bright for him. Give your hamster a piece of apple or carrot, so he has something to nibble on, and quenches both hunger and thirst with the fresh food.
This is how the move with hamsters works
When moving your hamster, you should pay attention to several things so that your hamster arrives healthy and as relaxed as possible in its new home:
- Plan an extra trip in which you only transport the hamster.
- A passenger should take the transport box on his lap. If you do not have a passenger, you must securely fasten the box to a car seat.
- Never put the travel cage with a hamster in the trunk! It can get too hot there in summer and too cold in winter. You also risk the transport box falling over when cornering.
- Do not park the moving truck in direct sunlight.
- Leave the windows closed while driving.
- Do not listen to loud music while driving.
Neither heat nor drafts are good for the hamster. When you move, the windows and doors in the old apartment are usually left open. Although you may find this comfortable, your hamster standing in the middle of a draft will certainly feel differently. You might be able to “park” your rodent with a neighbor until the apartment has been emptied and then pick it up.
Settling in after moving
Once you’ve got the move and the lugging behind you, you can shorten the adjustment period for your little housemate by offering him the standard of living he is used to from the start. The hamster should be able to move into his old home right away.
Especially in the first few days, the hamster needs time to get used to the new environment, the new smells, and sounds. First of all, the exercise room with its unusual corners is thoroughly examined and explored.
Hamsters stressed about moving need one thing above all:
Quiet – for at least a week!