Before you Adopt
Info Sheets : Hamsters
are mammals, and belong to the rodent family. They have large
incisor teeth that are continually growing and they must gnaw
to prevent the teeth from overgrowing. The word 'rodent' is
derived from the Latin word 'rodere' which means 'to
are many different species of hamsters throughout the world
and most inhabit semi-desert areas where they live in burrows.
These burrows consist of many tunnels and separate chambers
to store food or sleep. Hamsters are nocturnal, sleeping during
the hot days and waking in the cooler evenings. They have
very poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell and excellent
species of hamsters have expandable cheek pouches in which
they can carry food and bedding back to their burrow where
they will store food. The word hamster' comes from the German
word 'hamstern' which means 'to hoard'.
How long does a hamster live?
The average life span of a Hamster is 2.5 years, but with
good care they can live longer.
kind of cage do I need?
use a round cage, or a cage with a wire bottom!
are many different types/brands of cages out there. Fish tanks
and wire cages with a solid bottom are the two most common
solutions. It's not a good idea to have a wired base. (It
can hurt their little feet and it is hard to clean) The size
of the cage is important. Your hamster needs enough room to
exercise in. (Make sure it's large enough for a big wheel.)
Naturally the bigger the better. It depends how much you can
afford. Never get a round cage; they are being sold in various
pet shop, the reason being that your hamster needs all four
corners otherwise they lose orientation and go crazy. The
spacing of the bars are also important make sure they are
not more that ½ inch apart. Hamsters are masters of
squeezing through bars if not the right size.
Items and accessories do I need to buy?
Small food dish
House - Hamsters need a hiding place where they can sleep
and feel safe. This can also can be a little cardboard box.
Wheel -they love to exercise on the wheel. When buying a
wheel make sure you put paper in between the bars. (Hamsters
can otherwise break their legs.)
Bedding - Never use wood shavings (cedar or pine) for your
hamster. They are toxic and can cause both respiratory and
liver problems. Two most common and safe bleedings to use
are Aspen and Carefresh. ( Anything made from recycled newspaper
are safe too)
Do not use the fluffy bedding that is sold in pet shops.
There have been cases where hamsters have tried to stuff
the fluffy bedding into their pouches and ended up choking
on it. Solution: use non-scented tissue paper. Tear it apart
in small pieces.
- Pellets or Lab block diets such as Kaytee Rainbow Exact
are much healthier for your Hamster. You can add small amounts
of seeds to their diet for treats.
Fruit/Veggies - You can give your Hamster small amounts
of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
NOTE: Syrian hamsters must be housed alone or they will fight,
often to the death.
involved in daily care of a hamster?
Hamsters are relatively low maintenance animals. That does
not mean they do not crave attention and need proper care.
It's important to always have fresh food and water available.
Make sure your hamster is living in a clean cage. Hamsters
can be toilet trained. (Put a little plastic container in
a corner of the cage and fill it with Carefresh) Cleaning
cage weekly is recommended.
do I find a hamster?
Please check out your local Shelters first. Search
for a hamster!
is a complete Hamster site: http://www.hamsters.co.uk/