Hamsters are very popular pocket pets as they are generally easy to care for. However, a lack of proper attention can lead to sick hamsters in dirty cages, injured fighting hamsters or overpopulation. Hamsters have a very short gestation period of less than two weeks. This means many hamsters can be born in a short time. Many hamsters become abandoned when their owners become overhwhelmed after breeding them. Thus, avoid breeding your hamsters by keeping male and female hamsters in separate cages.
Different species of hamsters do not get along. They often fight when placed with other hamsters, resulting in serious injuries and even death. Hamsters can usually live alone. In fact, the Syrian (golden) hamster is a solitary animal. Dwarf hamsters can sometimes get along with others of the same type but they also choose their own cagemates by fighting with some and living quite peacefully with others. Dwarf hamsters may also be sensitive to the number of other dwarf hamsters in their cages and may start fighting if owners add new or too many hamsters into the cage.
There are four species of the pet hamster: the Winter White, Campbell and Roborovksi and Syrian.
• Cage (with a solid floor)
• Food & water
• Water bottle and food dish
• Mineral or wooden blocks (for natural trimming of teeth)
• Lots of time and love
Other items your pet may need:
As hamsters naturally burrow in the wild, you can provide them little structures like houses and tunnels. A running wheel or similar exercise item can be provided to keep them occupied.
Hamsters are omnivores. Provide nuts, seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables with their dry pellet food. Mealworms or other insects can also be fed.
Hamster Owner’s Timetable:
• Avoid overfeeding one type of food such as sunflower seeds (even if your hamster likes them a lot), as an unbalanced diet can
lead to malnutrition.
• Provide a cage with solid flooring.
• Handle your hamsters often from young to get them used to you.
• If you wish to house two or more hamsters together, make sure you only place hamsters of the same gender (male OR female) in
the same cage or they will breed. You need to monitor them to make sure there are no fight wounds. If there are, you will need to