Have you at one point or another tried to establish your hamsters IQ level? Well, you can do this by building a maze. This is a great way to have fun with your hamster.
Ideally, a hamster maze is a box like structure which has an open top and is characterized by very thin walls. It is made in such a way that the hamster cannot see over the wall. A critical point to consider in developing a maze is to have just one path where the hamster can use while trying to find a way through it.
Using a maze to determine the IQ of your hamster can be fun. You can do this by placing food on some strategic points and the hamster will have to look for it. It does this by using its sense of smell. In addition, by the fact that the hamster moves around the cage it becomes a form of exercise as well.
Exercise is critical to the health of your hamster. This is so more especially for bear hamsters. By doing exercises, they will be able to live longer. You need to know your hamster very well before trying out new things such as putting them in a maze.
Characterized by heavy fur, bear hamsters are very solitary creatures. Therefore, if you place them in a maze together with another hamster, there is a probability they will fight regardless of whether the hamster is male or female.
Hamster mazes can either be bought or home-made. The choice made will largely be dependent on an individual’s creativity and financial situation. This is because it requires a lot of creativity to create one. Hamsters are intelligent creatures and if you don’t make a good maze then you end up boring the otherwise interesting creatures.
Home-made mazes are advantageous because you can make them to the design and size that you want. In addition to this, after its use and the hamsters have mastered the maze, then there is room for reconstruction or better still a complete overhaul of the maze. Furthermore, you can customize it to fit to the size available.
Tools required to construct a maze are rather few. One of the materials needed is a big piece of a flat wood to act as the base. Then, thin pieces of plywood for the wall. Plywood is the preferred choice since it can be easily cut to fit the size of the walls. Other materials needed are a saw, hammer and nails.
You can begin construction by hammering the outer wall so a closed rectangle is formed. After this, fix in pieces of wood in the design that you wish. The width should be enough to allow passage for the hamster. Ensure that there is only one path and the walls are high enough. Glue is not very necessary as the walls can hold the pieces of wood.
Change the path as many times as you wish. Check online for various path designs available. This way you will have more fun with your hamster.