Take Care of Your Hamster

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Congratulations! You have decided to buy your first hamster! There are many different kinds of hamsters, like the Syrian, which is commonly called The "Teddy Bear" Hamster. Also, there is the Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamster. I myself, had a Black Russian Bear hamster. She was so cute! She looked like a chubby little black bear cub! So where do these little critters come from? Well, we know they are from the rodent family. They live in the wild, in the Middle East area. So, lets take a look now at what we need, to take care of our furry little friend, and we want to make them as comfortable as possible in their new home!

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Hamster Care

The first thing you will want to get for your hamster is a good cage. Please don't buy a small cage, as hamsters need room to run and get exercise. Make sure you buy a cage where the wire bars are closer together so your hamster can't squeeze through and get out. Another thing that you definitely will want to purchase is an exercise wheel. Hamsters love these! If you get a cage that is easy to clean, and take apart, that is great, because some cages are built where there are parts-you can't take apart to clean, and that would be very unsanitary for your hamster, and it could get sick and die. So it is important to keep a clean cage.

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You will want to buy bedding for the cage. Do not buy cedar or pine chips, because they have toxic chemicals in! Aspen bedding is the best, and inexpensive.You can check with the Pet Store Attendant for the safer bedding, or buy Aspen online. Hamsters like about 4 inches of bedding in their cage, because they love to bury and hide in it!

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Don't forget the water bottle(in most cases it comes with the cage) Also, you will need a food dish for them. What kind of food do hamsters like? They like veggies, such as corn on the cob(remove cob when done) broccoli, carrots, and cucumbers. Fruits they enjoy are bananas, apples,grapes, strawberries, and cranberries. Just be careful to feed in little bites, and just a treat occasionally, because if fed too much, they can get diarrhea. Grains and seeds that they like are brown rice, popcorn, oatmeal, just make sure there is NO salt added. You can buy hamster food at the pet store too, along with these foods in moderation. NO SWEETS PLEASE. These are very bad for hamsters.

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Well, that about covers it, I hope you enjoy having a pet hamster, they are a lot of fun to watch, and I know you will enjoy having one in your home!

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    The home for your hamster must accommodate its unique species.
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    1. For most species of hamster a one centimeter space between the cage bars will contain your pet.
    2. This is not true for the Campbell's dwarf Russian hamster. This tiny hamster must have a glass aquarium for its home, and can wriggle its way through nearly any wire cage.
    3. Hamsters are clever mammals and can learn quickly how to open a wire cage door. Not that your pet hamster can figure out a lock combination, you must still find a way to clasp its cage door.
    4. The Syrian hamster must be isolated from other hamsters. In the wild, this species prefers to sleep in its own burrow from the time it is five weeks old.
    5. To prevent an unhappy pet Syrian hamster and deadly fights, let him have his own residence.
    6. The Russian dwarfs can tolerate the company of another, but there still may be fights.
    7. A female can become pregnant at only 56 days old, and can have a litter once every month or so. So, unless you prefer a house full of these adorable creatures, you will want your male and female to have separate quarters.
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    Toys should vary among the five pet hamster species:
    white Russian dwarf, Campbell Russian dwarf, Roborovsky dwarf, Chinese, and Syrian (largest at four to seven inches in length).
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    1. All hamsters are highly active, and enjoy running. You want a minimum exercise wheel for the four small species of hamsters to be eight inches (20cm.), and for the Syrian species to be eleven inches (28cm).
      Hamsters enjoy running.
    2. All hamsters enjoy running through tunnels and hiding in small spaces. Have a small ball, and any kind of tube large enough for your hamster to run through. It would even relish a small cardboard box, such as a Kleenex box to hide in. As a rodent that loves chewing, have special hamster chew toys for the little fellow, also.
    3. The Roborovsky hamster is the smallest species (two-inches to three-inches as adults), and is extremely active. The three dwarf species can play together if with the same gender. Both the Syrian and Chinese are solitary in their play.
    4. The Syrian hamster is the easiest to tame and handle. If you have never had a hamster, it is the one recommended for a beginning hamster owner.
      The Syrian hamster is the most popular of the five pet species.
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WARNING

If you have pets, make sure you set your hamster somewhere where it will be safe, and you can keep an eye out.

Don't set your hamster near a drafty window, as they can catch a cold and get sick and die.

Questions and Answers

I have a Russian bear hamster? Is there any special instructions I need to care for it?

Taking care of a Russian bear hamster is the same as with other kinds of hamsters. Just make sure that you have the following:

  • a good big cage with an exercise wheel or toys
  • feed your hamster decent hamster food that you can purchase from any pet store
  • place cage at a dimly lit room, make sure that they are not too hot or too cold because they can get sick
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Well I would like to know if Hamsters bite? Cause I was looking on this and my 10 years old daughter wants one, she is going to get the winter whits so are they safe?

Well I would like to know if Hamsters bite? Cause I was looking on this and my 10 years old daughter wants one, she is going to get the winter whits so are they safe

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