For those times when you want or need to take your pet hamster out of the house, you may consider getting gear like hamster harnesses and leashes or hamster carrier bags and cages to aid the process. Chewy has several great hamster travel carrier choices and other supplies to help make getting out of the house as safe and easy as possible for your pet.
Walking your hamster on a leash in parks or busy areas can be dangerous for them, so consider limiting outings to safe backyard areas or secluded spaces. Find a harness that’s small enough to fit your hamster snugly, and try to choose one that has fuzzy fasteners instead of buckles to avoid pinches and injury. Finally, make sure to secure it properly and attach it to a very light leash, as heavy leashes can injure or stress hamsters. Be sure to keep a close eye on your hamster while walking, don’t walk too fast and avoid pulling the leash to keep from hurting your pet. Extreme caution should be used when using a harness, because hamsters are very delicate and also easily scared.
A great way to bring your hamster wherever he needs to go, whether to the vet or on an outing, is to use a small animal or hamster carrier. The best hamster carriers will have adequate ventilation, escape-proof design and sturdy construction. You can find several appropriately-sized carriers on our site, and some have cool features like lids that pop open for easy access or a familiar cage-style design to keep your hamster calm. Now, you may also be wondering, can you travel with your hamster? Some people worry that travel will be too stressful for hamsters, but you can take your pet on road trips or even planes (in the main cabin only) if you have a good carrier or travel cage and take care to avoid temperature changes, direct sunlight and drafts.
Putting familiar items in the carrier like a favorite bed, hamster chew toys, hamster food and hamster treats will make your hamster feel more comfortable on trips. You can even try putting a little clean hamster bedding from his cage in there to provide a familiar scent. Some hamster enclosures will be compact and sturdy enough to take on trips, so you should consider taking your hamster along in his regular home, if possible, to make him feel more comfortable. You can find all the hamster supplies you need for travel and other outings at Chewy.com. Shop for hamster harnesses and leashes and find all the best travel gear for your pet!