If you’re going to be away from home for a long time or unable to care for your hamster, such as when you go on holiday or you if are long term ill, it’s a good idea to have a caring person to look after your hamster. You can home board a hamster just as you might home board a dog at a kennel when you’re away for a few days at a time.
Unlike a dog or cat, you will take your hamster to the hamster boarding home in its own cage and this will help minimize his or her stress. This article should help you find the best hamster boarding near me
Finding hamster boarding
The easiest way to find hamster boarding is to get a recommendation from a friend or to do a search online. The most popular search engine to use is google. You could use search terms like hamster boarding near me, hamster boarding, hamster boarding in Halifax, small pet boarding or small pet boarding near me. Alternatively you could contact your local vet and ask if they have anywhere that is recommended.
Some people will only board dogs, while others are prepared to provide care for a wide variety of pet animals. We would suggest you use someone who specializes in the care of small animals and in particular hamsters.
Your own vet may provide on-site boarding services himself; otherwise seek referrals to find someone that best meets your home boarding needs.
Pre-hamster home boarding checks
If after looking at the hamster boarder’s website you are still unsure about the facilities you are considering, why not ask if you can visit the hamster home boarders property and then you can ask questions about what their routine care for a boarded hamster involves.
You might also be able to see other hamsters and small pets and decide for yourself if you think they are being well looked after in a suitable environment
You are ideally looking for a home that will keep hamsters in a clean area separate from the larger boarding population, and that has a knowledgeable, caring staff that will not just feed your pet and clean his cage but will play with him too, if he’s socialized — which of course he should be.
Before home boarding
It is a good idea to thoroughly clean your hamster’s cage and replace used bedding the day before home boarding.
It is also a good idea to double-check all locking parts of your cage to make sure they are in good working order. Make sure that doors fit and lock snugly/properly and that no loose or damaged portions of your cage are apparent.
Pack all your hamster supplies necessary for the time you will be gone. Take the home boarder a supply of food your hamster is used too, as well as a bag of fresh bedding. This will help keep a familiar feeding and cleaning routine for your hamster with foods and materials he or she is familiar with. Also this will help reduce any stress your hamster is feeling as this could be considerably. Imagine if you were sent away from home and fed only beans on toast for two weeks – this would be horrible, unless of course you love beans on toast!
Transporting your hamster
Transport your hamster to the home boarder in his or her own cage if possible. If your hamster has an elaborate cage set up with lots of tunnels and levels, it may be more practical to transfer your hamster to a smaller cage or to an aquarium-style cage for the time he or she is boarded. Some hamster home boarders will provide a larger cage once you arrive.
Do so well before boarding the pet so that he or she will be acclimatised to whatever environment he or she will be boarded in to ensure he or she is not stressed during the process.
Dropping off your hamster
Provide the home boarder with instructions on how often and how much to feed your hamster. If your hamster has any behavioral problems or medical needs, tell them these as well. Tell the home boarder when you are expected to return and take contact details in case you have any unforeseen difficulties.
A good hamster home boarder will send you pictures of your hamster to show how happy he or she is whilst you are away and hence you should leave your details so that they can be in touch for this and for any emergency reasons. It is also a good idea to leave the home boarder with details of your vet just in case there are any medical problems whilst you are away.
Pick up your hamster as soon as possible after returning home in order to return your hamster to his or her usual environment as soon as possible. It would be a good idea to clean the hamster cage again and then you can give your hamster lots of love and cuddles.
Choosing someone to look after your pet shouldn’t be too demanding, especially if you follow the steps outlined above and I hope your hamster will have a great holiday home away from home.
Please also bear in mind that the above information could equally apply to home boarding of mice and gerbils.
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