How to travel with your hamster

 How to travel with your hamster

When you are going on vacation but you are not quite sure what to do with your pet hamster, you can either take them with you or find a sitter.

If you decide to find a sitter, finding a sitter to watch your hamster while you are gone is a better choice as it will reduce the amount of stress on your hamster, but occasionally you may not have any options and may have to take your hamster with you.


Moving your hamster

When you start making plans to move your hamster, you need to find a sitter until you have moved everything else. After you are settled, bring your hamster to your new home. You don't want to leave your hamster alone for more than a few days, so you may want the last thing that moves to the new house to be your hamster.


Transporting Hamsters on Short Car Trips

The best type of trip for your hamster is short car trips. Short trips like taking your hamster to the vet or to a friend's house to babysit your hamster aren't that big of an adventure so they count as short t.

During this trip, you will want to put your hamster in a small travel carrier with some of the bedding from its cage to help the hamster feel a little more at home and safe.

You can also contemplate taking a tunnel off of the hamster's cage and drilling it with a tunnel end cap for travelling as well.

When going on a short trip, your hamster won't need food or water, however, you can put a small carrot, cucumber, or melon in the travel carrier in case your hamster gets a little hungry or thirsty. You may also want to include a chew stick just to keep your hamster busy.



Transporting Hamsters on Long Car Trips

When taking your hamster on a long car ride, you need to do everything that you can to curtail the stress the journey might have on your hamster. Depending on how long the ride would take, you need to make use of your hamster's regular cage for travel rather than a travel carrier.

Using wire cages for transportation makes a better suggestion because they allow for ventilation, but you will want to put a sheet of cardboard between the seat and the cage so that your hamster would not nibble on your car seats. Even though a plastic cage can prevent your seats from being eaten, it can also get as hot as an oven when it is in direct contact with sunlight.

Ensure you stock the cage with food, toys, chew sticks, and bedding. Do not leave a water bottle in the cage as it can leak while your hamster is drinking; you may hit a bump and hurt your hamster. Offer water at rest stops or while the car is fully stopped.





Flying With Your Hamster

If you have to fly on a plane, you want to do your best at minimizing the stress. You are probably not equipped for shipping your hamster and his supplies, so take him on the plane with you.

Putting your hamster in a pet cargo isn't the most ideal for your hamster because it will be noisy and way too nerve-racking with the other pets and normal plane sounds.

You can also not guarantee the temperature on the runway, baggage train, or in the cargo area; it may be too hot or too cold.


In conclusion, do not bring your hamster out of its cage while traveling. It will become stressful and will try to find a way to get away. Be considerate not to bring a cage near loud music, screaming, or fighting children, and any other noisy disturbances. Your hamster will probably sleep while you are taking a drive during the day.

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