About Hamsters, and Robo Hamsters

 
I have 2 robo hamsters at home, that are very mischevious, curious, and of course CUTE.
Many homeless kids would love to have a furry friendly pet like a dwarf hamster, but they can't! So if you have a hamster ( or a furry friend ) you are very lucky! Fish tank s can make good homes for hamsters, and robo hamsters, robo hamsters grow up to 2 in. usually, recommended for ages 12+, many of them are very friendly!
AN ALL TYPES OF HAMSTERS TIP: Different types of hamsters fight with other different hamsters! Such as a dwarf robo hamster will be enemies with a chinese dwarf hamster! Even
 
if they are very friendly ( to you )! They could kill each other! ( This is no joke ) So careful if you want different types of hamsters, you might need to seperate them to different cages!
Visit my Robohamstorous youtube channel! ( It may be under construction )
Got a new robo hamster for maybe the first time? Well I'll tell you this, you might think your robo hamster never drinks and might get worried about it ( many people in Yahoo7! say that their robo hamster doesn't drink alot ) It's happened to me before, don't worry about it they start to drink later, or they drink when you're not looking.
AN ALL TYPES OF HAMSTERS TIP:Hamsters are rodents! So if you have a wheel they will go up at night and run in it making sound! They sleep in the daytime! Changing their cycle may be a little hard to do, you could try covering the cage ( they LIKE to get up in the DARK ) and do it in they day time a few times, later you could take it out and they might be use to your cycle!
Most robo hamsters like sunflower seeds, banana chips, there was a video of how about 6 robo hamsters ate bird seeds on youtube.... Don't worry if your hamster bites, ( if they're home hamsters you're OK. ) almost every hamster bites!
maybe 10% don't. You should not hold your hamster alot if it is new, you should build its trust to you, like try putting hamster food in your hand and bring it in, when i tried that at first 1 of my robo hamsters put its teeth on my finger! Nearly nibbled on it but then figured out it was my hand! She started climbing into my hand and started eating! I love it when the hamster puts its feet on my hand! Its tiny little claws, eating the food! Don't try to force your hamster to eat the food you have in your hand, it might think it's bothering her/him and might run away from it!
Don't drop the hamster, it's a fragile animal.
Why did she/he bite me?!?!?!?! I read out of a hamster book that hamsters usually bite, if you're threatening them, or/and holding them the wrong way, it doesn't hurt too much if a robo hamster bites, I felt that experience once!
We have to tame her/him! It's good to get an already-tamed-hamster or a baby robo hamster, then you can tame it easily, taming is kind of easy, same way as building trust, try making your hamster use to you like the smell and face, things like that, and then try to pet it and right after you pet it give it food, so it understands petting = food, later if they're really use to you, you can start holding them, try maybe looking up a video or a book on how to hold them.
DID YOU KNOW?: You can potty train a hamster!
hamsters usually pee and poo in the corner, so put your litter in that corner! And start training! ( I don't know the full instructions )

Roborovski hamster

From Robovoskidia, the Robo Hamster Encyclopedia!

 

Roborovskis (Phodopus roborovskii) are the smallest of all hamsters commonly kept as pets. Distinguishing characteristics of the Roborovskis are the white spots where the eyebrows would be, and the lack of the dorsal stripe seen in all other dwarf hamsters. They live, on average, for one and a half to two years. Recently, a mutation has arisen producing a "husky", also known as "white-faced", phase. Breeding these lines with agouti Roborovskis produces a diluted appearance of their natural sandy colour.[edit] Habitat and Diet

Roborovski hamsters live in the wild around the Gobi Desert, throughout Mongolia's desert steppe and parts of northern China. They are particularly suited to the steppe, as they are highly efficient in their use of water (as evidenced by how they may pass particularly concentrated urine), so little vegetation is required. Here, they dig and live in burrows. These are usually steep tunnels and they live between 60 and 200 cm below ground. Roborovski hamsters are surprisingly not obligate herbivores. They will eat vegetables, fruit, and plants, but they will also eat meat and insects. Therefore, they are omnivores. [2] [3]

[edit] History of Human Contact

Lt. Vsevolod Roborovski first made note of these hamsters. He discovered them on an expedition in July, 1894, though they were not studied scientifically for the best part of another decade, until Satunin made observations in 1903.[4] London Zoo imported them into the U.K. in the 1960s, but the first studied in Britain were imported in the 1970s from Moscow Zoo. (None of these hamsters, however, bore offspring.)[5] [6] Continental European countries had more success in breeding Roborovskis, however, and the Roborovskis currently in the U.K. are descendants of a batch imported from the Netherlands in 1990. They were imported in the U.S.A. in 1998[2], where they remain uncommon, though they are now commonly found in pet shops in several countries. In South Korea, they are almost as common as Winter white Russian dwarf hamsters in pet shops. They are also fairly commonly sold as pets in Israel.

[edit] Pet Ownership

Roborovski hamsters are very curious,intelligent, easily startled, and generally timid, as well as very active. They also don't speak or squeak as much as most hamster species. For some, if enclosed in a hand, will bite or nip in attempt to escape.(They usually put their hands in the position for eating when they try to bite you! So be alarmed.) Some will even sniff around and nip. These behaviors are rare but possible. They benefit from an enriched environment they can be active in. Roborovskis can be hand-tamed if acquired young and individually accustomed to handling. This requires some patience and time investment, however, since they bite often when angry. A hamster can easily hurt itself escaping or getting into the wrong places before it is caught. It is important to handle them where they cannot get away as they are hard to catch, being both fast and very small, and will not hesitate to wriggle free or jump from their owner's hand if panicked, no matter the distance to the ground.

Roborovski hamsters can enjoy being together. Two of these hamsters from different litters may get along if introduced properly, although there is always a chance they may not. It is common for this breed to be extremely friendly. They are very kind and often do everything with each other for the rest of the life. Compatible cage mates will generally play, eat, and sleep together in the same spot. Their antics are constantly entertaining and they make excellent pets for those who want animals that are fun to watch and require less personal handling.

Although generally nocturnal, they are more likely to be active during the day than the more commonly-kept Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus auratus). They do not, however, like direct light or sunlight and will be more confident emerging in the daytime if their home can be kept in relative shade. Like most other small animals, these hamsters cannot see by red light. Therefore, a "fireglow" bulb installed by their cage or tank, though offering little visibility to them, will illuminate their night-time behavior for fascinating observation. Roborovski hamsters have been reported running up to 20 miles a night in about 8 and a half hours.

[edit] Housing

As they grow to be on average 4.5 cm long—roughly the length of an adult human thumb—Roborovskis can easily squeeze through the bars of a standard hamster cage, so careful consideration needs to be given to housing. The gaps between bars should be approximately 7 mm in width. First-time owners are advised to inquire of pet shop owners or breeders about the suitability of cages. The best cage for a Roborovski hamster is a small, tight-barred open cage, a large plastic cage or a large fish aquarium. Be aware that the cage does not have any holes. Even with a plug covering the hole, hamsters may manage to take the plug out and escape. If the cage happens to have any sort of hole, try to prevent hamsters from escaping by taping the hole (And even the plug over the hole) securely. Also, cotton should never be put in their cage, as there is a high chance they will choke on it. These hamsters prefer to live in a large habitat, where they have room to run. As they are desert animals, they also like to dig and will appreciate sufficient quantities of sawdust or similar materials in their cages.These hamsters also like to have paper towel rolls to run through but make sure that there isn't any paper left on it.

[edit] Breeding

Roborovski hamsters may reach sexual maturity as early as 5 weeks, but usually do not breed until they are older. Females should not mate until they are closer to 4 months old, though males can breed at 3 months. The gestation period of Roborovski hamsters is usually 20-22 days, but can be up to 30 according to some sources. Litters are usually small, being typically of 4-6 pups, though larger litters have been reported. Pups can be weaned at 21 days; this is also a good age at which to separate male pups from females.

[edit] Mating

Telling female and male Roborovskis apart is not easy. The problem is getting them into a position to view their genitals, as they are not comfortable being handled and are faster than other hamsters. The most common method is to immobilize them by holding them by the scruff of the neck. This should not cause pain if done correctly, as most will 'play dead' and stay very still when in this position. They should be held firmly, though not tightly, for as short a time as possible and not by the ears. However, this technique is not without risk, as an improper grip could cause permanent nerve damage. A much simpler and easier, but not as reliable, method is to put individual hamsters in clear containers and view them from beneath.

The two sexes have different openings: female openings are very close together and may even look like just one opening, while male openings are further apart. Males usually have a visible scent gland near the navel, above the two openings - this looks like a yellowish stain.

Failure to separate Roborovskis is likely to lead to pregnancy at about five weeks.