How cold is too cold for hamsters?
Posted 10 December 2008 - 12:49 AM
The past week, the temperature in my apartment has been hovering around 60 F (~15.5 C). Luckily despite the chill, the apartment is draft-free. However, I unfortunately don't have any heating in my apartment, but so far, my hammies don't seem to mind the temperature - they've been alert and energetic.
I'm also thinking ahead to Christmas-time when I'll be gone for 4 days. Even if I were to get an electrical heater for the hammies, it will have to be unplugged while I'm gone - the electrical outlets in my apartment are very temperamental. Is there any way to keep them warm without using electricity?
Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:05 AM
I'm not sure how cold is too cold though
Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:51 AM
Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:15 AM
If you give them lots of ripped up toilet paper (best insulator for nest building), they will be able to keep their body heat inside their nests well. But I would worry too much leaving them in a cold apartment (could get colder?) alone for 4 days. Is there no one you can get to check up on them each day?
Edited for spelling.
Edited by Meowmies, 10 December 2008 - 02:16 AM.
Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:26 AM
Posted 13 December 2008 - 02:58 AM
I gave them a bunch of toilet paper the other night, and they all began stuffing it into their little igloos. So cute! And yesterday I got a small ceramic heater thingie from Walgreens for $20 - even on a low setting, it pushed the temp up to 68 F.
Posted 17 December 2008 - 01:03 AM
That's just what I've found my hammy likes, I've only had him for about 3 - 4 days but he seems to know what he likes and doesn't like. It should keep your buddy warm when it gets cooler.