You now have an appropriate place for your black bear hamster with a pen made of glass, plastic or metal so the cage is slippery and will keep the hamster from climbing over. You made sure that the bottom does not have any holes which might make them escape and the pen is high enough to keep it from climbing over the cage’s walls. The cage is large enough for the hamster to exercise and play around, and cozy enough to give it a comfy sleep by installing bedding that’s one to two inches thick. You’ve also purchased other supplies and equipments that will make its habitat relaxing as much as possible such as hamster food, food bowl, exercise toys, chewing gadgets, vitamins, water bowl, nesting house, hiding place and miniature cart wheel. The challenge now is how will you look for a healthy-looking black bear hamster? How can you keep the good health of your hamster once it arrives to your home?
A healthy black bear is energetic, attentive, and quick to respond. It eats and drinks habitually but make sure you only give fresh forms of grasses, grains, fruits and leafy vegetables. It should be consumed within 24 hours. Its fur is in good physical condition, and its eyes are clear (note: black bear hamsters have black eyes). A clear pattern of breathing and an uptight walk should also be observed. It is normal for the hamster’s teeth to turn yellow so there is no need to clean them.
You have to be alarmed by certain conditions which may be unusual, or worse unhealthy to your black bear. Be on guard when encountering symptoms such as weight loss, troubled breathing, loose stools, overgrown teeth, eye or nasal discharge, hair loss or skin lesions due to mites, frequent urination, and laziness (especially at night when it is most active). In such cases, contact your veterinarian right away, or better yet, bring your pet directly to the veterinarian in urgent situations.