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how to take care of a hamster All About Hamsters
Hamsters are little bundles of cuteness and parents often purchase these cute little fur balls as a
pet with regard to their children. These great looking small creatures are excellent pets provided
you are aware of their habits and take good care to supply a fulfilling environment for their needs.
Hamsters as Pets
One of the greatest misconceptions is that these inquisitive little animals are the perfect pet for
youngsters of every age group. The truth is that these are recommended as pets for kids above
six years of age. As an example, Syrian hamsters are nocturnal and so are most active during the
night. Quite simply, they will likely wake up for your child will sleep. A hamster awakened from
nap during the day time might also bite.
Also, children lower than five years old are particularly susceptible to various zoonotic diseases.
Hamsters may carry salmonella and youngsters under five are in greater risk of contracting
salmonella as well as another dangerous virus carried by these small furry animals. .
It is additionally not suggested to possess these little guys as pets should you be pregnant or use
a weakened immunity process on account of some issue. Salmonella offers the potential to
seriously sicken an adult who is already struggling with other health conditions.
Budget also plays a vital role in order to keep these furry animals as pets you might be required to
spend several large sums of money annually. Also, these are generally prohibited as pets in all of
the states. Therefore, you should check the local laws if you are able to keep these small animals
The first step in hamster care is finding suitable housing. Glass enclosures or strong steel wire
cages are preferred since they will quickly chew through plastic or wood. The spacing involving
the bars has to be a maximum of half inch. An aquarium with a wire mesh lid can be another
choice for housing. The minimum size of cage needs to be 24 x 12 inches for dwarf type.
With regards to feeding them is concerned, they don't eat much and can live comfortably over a
tablespoon of pelleted seed hamster mix readily available at pet stores. You may also supplement
their dietary plan with various fresh fruit and veggies say for example a small quantity of greens, a
slice of apple yet others. Additionally, they like small quantities of nuts, sunflower seeds and
You may need a deep layer of absorbent and non-toxic litter for them to burrow in. You might use
shredded paper and processed corncob for litter. It is essential to not use cedar or pine shavings
since the fumes from all of these trees can be harmful for these animals. Also, an appropriately
sized hamster exercise wheel is crucial for these particular little animals.
In terms of housekeeping, you will have to do away with soiled bedding and uneaten food in the
cage every single day. The bedding and litter must be taken out once a week as well as the food
bowls and cage floor ought to be washed with hot and soap and water on the weekly basis.
Varieties of Hamsters
There are various forms of hamsters. You should mention here that differing types will not mean
different breeds but different species. Some of the most common forms of hamsters include dwarf
hamster, Syrian hamster or golden hamster, Russian hamster and teddy bear hamster among
There are a variety of numerous type of dwarf hamsters including Chinese, Winter Whites, Robo
and Campbells and others. Though their needs are similar, each species has its own
temperament and must be housed using its own species only. These are typically social animals
and maybe kept with same sex partners. These are generally not the perfect selection for kids as
these moves quickly and are smaller in size. Also, these hamsters are mainly active at dusk and
Syrian or Golden Hamster
The Syrian hamster is also referred to as teddy bear hamster or golden hamster. They are raised
as an element of a litter but they tend not to much like the company of others when they are 10
weeks old. They are nocturnal which implies they sleep for hours on end and awaken in the early
evening and remain active through the night. Their lifespan is fairly shorter which range from 2 to
This species can also be one of the greatest that creates them much easier to handle. They
already have large cheek pouches, short tail, small eyes in addition to highly appealing coat
colors. While females can grow up to a time period of around 7 inches, males are around 4 to 6
This term is used for three different varieties of dwarf hamsters including Winter White, Robo and
Campbell's. They are named as such as they were discovered in the wintertime White in eastern
Kazakhstan and southern Siberia. While these species are closely related, it is far better to avoid
housing different varieties together.
Teddy Bear Hamsters
These are typically Syrian hamsters with long hair. Some Syrian hamsters carry a recessive gene
which causes these to have long hair and they are not a separate breed unto themselves. These
are generally available in many fur colors including cream, black, dark brown, white and tan and
Hamsters for Sale
They are offered by pet stores and also hamster breeders just in case you need a particular fur
coat. These are relatively cheap but cost a lot of cash regarding repair of their cages, toys as well
as their health.
Ensure you check the fitness of the hamster you need to buy. The hamster needs to have a clean
and dry bottom, no bald spots, healthy teeth, clean eyes in addition to clean ears. If the fur is wet
across the rump, it could be a sign of wet tail which is a bacterial disease that spreads quickly and
may even affect other hamsters.
Upon having decided on the shape and color, you should ask the breeder or staff at pet store to
put your hands from the enclosure. Any hamster that scratches or bites aggressively must be
avoided. Extremely fearful or shy hamsters also need to be avoided.