Hamsters and Hamster Care Information

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On this page you will find general info on Hamsters. Hamsters are a favorite among pet owners. Hamsters are fat and fuzzy. They move more slowly than mice who are very active and quick too do. They can be nervous but become less so with handling. They do have an odor from their urine so cleaning the cage is an important part of owning a hamster. They can also be grouchy if woken from a sound sleep or if bothered while eating. They may squeal or bare their teeth if they have time but will nip at your fingers if not. Hamsters are very nocturnal, but if you purchase one young enough and handle it often you can change its patterns to your own. A hamster is a burrowing animal and you can purchase a cage made of plastic that has transparent rooms and lots of plastic tunnels that can be connected in different ways. Your hamster will love to play in these tunnels but this is a difficult cage to clean. Whatever type cage you purchase make sure there are no easy escape openings. The plump little hamster can flatten his body and slide through

very small openings. They like to escape by pushing the tray that holds the shavings in a wire cage. There is often a gap underneath this tray through which he will escape. A 5 1/2-gallon tank with a mesh top will also work very well. Small milk cartons with a hole cut in the side work for rooms in your cage and a branch with a metal curtain ring attached from an eyehook and wire will work as a swing. Don't be surprise if your hamster chews up many of the toys you make for him. They chew to keep their teeth short. Hamsters also love exercise wheels probably because they have a habit of following their noses and it doesn't matter where they lead. Make sure you watch over your hamster when he is out of his cage. They are not climbers and have been known to fall off tabletops and shoulders. They are not used to heights and do not have a sturdy tail, which keeps them balanced. It is also said they are nearsighted. One fall can be deadly to a hamster.

Hamsters are like squirrels in that they store their food. They have pouches inside their cheeks, which stretch. These pouches can hold half a hamster's weight in food. In their cage, although they don't need to store, they will fill their pouches and then empty them, eat some of it, and then probably hide the rest. This means you will probably have to clean the hiding places daily to prevent rotting food. Your local pet store will carry hamster food, which is a good basic combination of seeds and cereals with some dried vegetables added. You may give your hamster snacks of fresh raw vegetables and fruits such as spinach, lettuce carrots, and apples but back off of these for a few days if he get diarrhea.

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