Hamster Care & Hamster Fun
Info For Your New Hamster

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Hamsters are cute little rodents that need caring for, this web site will tell you all that needs to be known about hamster care.

Choosing a Hamster

Caging/Cleaning

Feeding

Illnesess

Breeding

Taming

 Fun For You            Choosing a Hamster

There are many types of hamsters, but there are several Dwarf hamsters, the Roborovski, the Chinese, the Campells Rusian dwarf, the Winter White dwarfs and the Rusian dwarf hamster, altough there are so many they are rarely in shops. The most common hamster is the Syrian hamster, also known as the golden hamster, it comes in all sorts of colours and different markings and as you can tell by their names they come from the Syrian deserts, as their cheek pouches adapted for suvival. 

                          Caging/Cleaning

Cages should be sutible for the breed of hamster you own, for instance the dwarfs should NEVER have wired cages because they could escape or get stuck whilst squeezing through. In the cage there should be fresh sawdust layering the bottom of his house and some bedding so he can make a nest which he would sleep in (hamsters are nocternal). As well as that, there should be fresh food and water supplied all the time, whith occasional treats to keep it's teeth at a safe size. The cage should be cleaned once a week and thouroughly so there are no wee patches stuck to the floor of the cage.

                                        Feeding

  Always give your hamster fresh food or water and a treat to knaw on, but always supply fresh fruit for nutritoin, apple will help whiten the teeth, not cooked oats are a good thing for your hamster. For the daily food it should be hamster mix or hamster pellets.  Fresh water should always be available, don't let your hamster drink water that is two days old.

          Illnesess                                                 

 There are several types of illnesess and deseises and few are fatal but most of them have cures. One of the desises is Wet Tail, it is a highly infectious desies that starts through stress, change of enviroment or change of diet. There is a cure, but as soon as you find your hamster has Wet Tail take it to the vets as, and if it's not to late the expert can treat it with some antibiotics. The signs of Wet Tail are listlessness, loss of fur conditions and dihorea. Old age-Loss of fur is simply a sign of old age, (hamsters average age is two years). Hamsters nudging the cage is just a sign of settling in but if this is followed by itching it is mites, treat mites with a mite spray for the cage and for the hamster, if this continues, ask advice from the vet.

  Breeding

Breeding with a male and a female is very hard but it can be achieved after time. The hamsters have to be healthy but the female will need to be older then 12 weeks of age before mating them. The best time to mate is when it is in the start of the afternoon when they are most active. First put a wire seperater in a box which is new to them both. Put them on either side of the box and let them get used to each others scent, if the female is ready she will turn her back to the male and have her tail up, if not put them back and try again tomorrow, if you took away the seperater you would have a real fight on your hands. Never let Syrian hamsters live in groups or they will kill each other, but dwarfs are able to be put together, but it is best to let them be together at a young age or they will fight. The gestation time is 16 days average, which makes it the shortest gestatoin period for any mammal. Feed a pregnant hamster baby food and lots of protien, clean the cage 3 days before she gives birth and don't touch the babies or the mother will abandon them or worse eat them. After the babies are born don't clean out the cage, and definitly don't touch the babies. It is very importent thet you resist holding the mother and try not to distract the mother from the nest of hungry babies. After two weeks of age the children would have already grown fur and opened their eyes, at this point you can handle them, but not for long though otherwise the hamster will panic and jump from your hands, so hold the hamster near your chest and low to the ground just in case. After four weeks the youngsters will have to have homes and have to be seperated (seperated in sex for dwarfs because they can live in groups). Syrian hamsters can live together for 5 weeks and no more, or there will be fighting or even mating, it is quite hard to find boy from girl, but I always find that the boys have large balls poking out.

  Taming 

When your new hamster arrives leave it to settle in for 24 hours or the hamster will get stressed. When your hamster is ready to be handled place your hand softly infront of him, he will sniff it then he may walk on to it, you can now cup your hands around the hamster. Keep doing this for a few days so he gets used to you, to boost his confidence even more, hold a piece of food like cheese on your hand. A big warning is their bites usually hurt!

 

Fun For You

 Try watching your hamster at night, you will see him stuff his cheek pouches, that is a funny sight! 

 

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