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Hamster insurance

Hamsters can make a great pet for individuals or the whole family. Make sure yours is protected with the right hamster insurance policy.

Where can I buy hamster insurance? Gerbil

When you click the 'Get Quotes' button to enter Gocompare.com's pet insurance comparison service, you'll immediately see an option asking whether you're looking to cover a pet other than a cat or dog.

If you're looking to insure a hamster, follow that link through to the site of our preferred provider, ExoticDirect,[1] which provides an extensive range of cover for different types of animals, including hamsters.

ExoticDirect's hamster policy covers veterinary fees for an accident or illness which will be capped at a certain level per policy period.

I haven't got a hamster yet - how do I get started?

Find a reputable pet shop to buy your hamster from and ensure they can verify that your new pet is healthy and disease free.

The size of the cage needed will be determined by how many hamsters you have - there needs to be plenty of room for your furry friend(s) to run around.

Certain breeds of hamster prefer having you all to themselves and don't mix particularly well with others, so check before you buy.

If you do have more than one, make sure the hamsters are all of the same sex or you may end up with far more than you anticipated!

How do I keep my hamster occupied?

For such low-maintenance creatures, those little bundles of fluff sure do have a lot of energy to expend and need a lot of entertainment to tire them out.

There are many different ways to keep your pet busy. For example, cages with different levels and features such as wheels or tubing (made from plastic to prevent nibbling) are great.

Keeping an eye on your hamster when it's outside its cage is important to prevent it disappearing through holes in the walls and floorboards.

A hamster ball can be a great way to keep your pet safe and visible at all times.

Make sure that other animals such as dogs and cats aren't in the same room when your hamster is out of its cage.

If it refuses to eat, this could be a sign that its teeth are too long

Hamsters are nocturnal creatures and, much like humans, can be quite grumpy if woken from their sleep.

To avoid getting nipped, don't plunge your hand into their cage if they're snoozing.

What do I need to feed my hamster?

Hamsters require special food pellets.

While there are many different brands, the one you choose must contain the balanced nutritional supplements that your pet needs to live a healthy life.

Always provide your hamster with something to gnaw on to stop their teeth becoming overgrown.

If it refuses to eat, this could be a sign that its teeth are too long. It must be treated by a vet if this happens, but routine dental maintenance can be taken care of at home.

Find out more about what your pets should and shouldn't eat.

By Abbie Laughton-Coles