Hamsters are adorable, however, they do require a lot of care. Their lifespan is up to 24 months. The most commonly kept species are Syrian (Teddy Bear) and the dwarf types. As Dwarfs, they can only grow up to four inches and seven inches as Syrians. Hamsters are nocturnal creatures, and are very active at night.
If you intend to keep hamsters as pets in your home, then there are a few things you need to pick up at the pet store for your small and furry friend. Here is a list of housing recommendations for your hamster:
What can hamsters eat? The majority of a hamsters diet should be pellet based. The problem with seed based diets is that hamsters will often only pick the bits they like leading to dietary deficiencies. Occasional fruits and vegetables (2-3 days every week) are recommended. Appropriate fruits and vegetables can include dark leafy greens, carrots, apples, and lettuce.
Avoid giving your hamster apple seeds, raw beans, raw potatoes, almonds, citrus fruit, garlic, onions, rhubarb leaves/raw rhubarb, chocolate, and any sugary/salty food.
There are common signs that may require urgent medical attention from a veterinarian. Some of these signs include blood in urine, runny nose, weight loss, matted fur, shaking, or diarrhea. Hamsters, like other rodent species, also very commonly develop lumps. These signs may indicate certain medical illnesses and you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible to discuss.
This article is endorsed by perrovets' vet, Dr James Blanshard
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