All You Ever Wanted To Know About Hamsters
A Teddy Bear Hamster was my very first exotic pet about 40 years ago. Way back then only Teddy Bear Hamsters were available in our area and it wasn't long before I had a whole collection of them.
Teddy Bear Hamsters are really angora or long haired hamsters. The female Teddy Bear Hamster typically will have shorter hair than the male. You can find males that look like little poofy balls of fur. Male Teddy Bear Hamsters usually have a skirt of hair around their back sides.
Black Bear Hamsters are a off shoot of Teddy Bear Hamsters. The color variation was discovered in 1985 and the argument can be made that Black Bear Hamsters are really nothing but black teddy bear hamsters. Black Bear Hamsters were originally bred for their docile nature and larger size. They are usually larger than your average Teddy Bear Hamster.
You should feed your hamsters commercial hamster food , small amounts of grains , fruits or vegetables and timothy hay. Your hamsters treats should not be over 10 percent of its total food intake.Never feed your hamster chocolate or caffeine as it can kill your hamster.
Your hamster will escape if it is possible in any way. The best cages I have found for hamsters is the commercial hamster houses made of molded plastic that you can just keep adding to. But you can use an aquarium with a secure top for your hamsters new home.
Fresh water and fresh food should always be available for your hamster. Gravity water bottles work best for giving your hamster water. If you use a bowl or other container to water your hamster from be sure to give the hamster plenty of clean water all the time. And be sure that it stays clean.
Your average household temperature that works for you will work for your hamster but be sure that your hamster is not in direct sunlight or in a drafty area.
You Can Not Keep Adult Hamsters Together
You can not keep adult hamsters together in the same cage or enclosure. If you do they will fight and kill one another. If you are breeding hamsters take her to him and watch them carefully especially for the first few minutes until you are sure they are going to breed and not fight. You can leave her with him for 4-6 hours and they will probably breed several times during this time period. Then take her back to her cage or enclosure and make a date on your calender. In 16-18 days she will give birth and other than being sure to provide her with plenty of food and clean water there is nothing for you to do until the little guys are ready to be moved away from their mother at 28 days of age. Hamsters can have as many as 20 babies in one litter but the average is 8-10 babies.
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Do you have a hamster as a pet? Why not scroll down below to the comment section and tell us your own hamster story. What kind of hamster do you have. I really would like to hear your comments or your hamster story below.
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Some Important Hamster Notes
Their teeth continue to grow all their lives so you want to be sure that each hamster you have has its own mineral block to chew on.I also provide each of mine a hardwood block of wood to chew on. Keep in mind hamsters are nocturnal so your bedroom is probably not the best place for your hamster cage or enclosure. They do make noise chewing , playing and exercising.
I use hardwood shavings in the bottom of my hamster enclosures but be sure not to use cedar shavings even though you will see them being sold as hamster or rodent bedding. Cedar shavings can make your hamster sick.
Be sure to provide your hamster with a hiding place like a cardboard or plastic box. Your hamster is going to chew it up in time so plan ahead to replace it when it gets chewed up.
Provide your hamster with a wheel to run and exercise on. I also give mine short pieces of pvc pipe to crawl through. Sometimes I hide their treats in the pipes or in other places in the cage.
When you approach your hamster to pick it up be sure that it sees you. Most hamsters will enjoy being your friend and being handled but use care not to drop them. Its best not to handle pregnant females.
Don't Buy A Hamster Until You Learn Everything Possible About Them
I would strongly suggest that anyone thinking of keeping hamsters should first of all find out everything you can about hamsters. Buy a book on hamsters and their care or check one out at your public library. Use Google to do research on hamsters. You can also use Google to find some unique colors of hamsters for sale. But be sure and learn everything you can about hamsters.
Do Your Research: Before you commit to buying any pet including a hamster, please do your own independent research. Do everything possible to learn everything about hamsters you possibly can before you ever purchase one.
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