By Josie January 23rd, 2023


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Here's all you need to know about hamsters:

If so, a hamster ticks both boxes and are also extremely adorable and entertaining to watch.

Are you perhaps looking for a low-maintenance and budget-friendly pet?

Hamster Species

There are around 24 different species of hamsters, but only some are good for pet-keeping:

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– Campbell’s Dwarf Hamster

– Chinese Hamster

– Roborovski’s Hamster

– Syrian or Golden Hamster

– Winter White Russian Dwarf Hamster

Hamster History

G.R. Waterhouse first explained the Syrian hamster in 1839.

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However, the first group of hamsters was captured in 1930.

Physical Characteristics

Adult Syrian hamsters measure 2 to 6 inches long and weigh 4 to 6 ounces.

Most other hamster species are a little smaller and hence weigh slightly less.

Habits and Behavior

Hamsters prefer to sleep during the day because they are nocturnal animals.

They create burrows, and networks of tunnels, to live and reproduce in when living in the wild.

Diet of Hamsters

Hamsters are omnivores in the wild. For protein, they consume both plant matter and the occasional insect.

Pellets, seed mixtures, fresh foods, and treats are all acceptable diets for pet hamsters.

Foods to avoid

– Apple seeds – Raw beans – Raw potatoes – Almonds – Citrus fruit – Garlic – Onions – Rhubarb leaves/raw rhubarb – Chocolate – Any sugary or salty foods – Any junk food – Red meat

Breeding and reproduction

Pregnancies typically last 16 to 22 days.

A typical litter of hamsters contains 6 to 8 pups. After roughly 21 to 28 days, the young are weaned.

When the puppies are around seven days old, it is usually safe to slowly start handling them.

Male vs. female Physical differences

The anogenital distance (space between genital opening and anus) is considerably smaller in female hamsters than in males.

Additionally, only female hamsters have nipples,

Male vs. female Behavior differences 

Typically, female hamsters more are aggressive and challenging to handle.

Male hamsters are friendlier and more laid-back.

Therefore, for children, male hamsters are the safest option.

Hamsters are excellent house pets since they are docile and easy to care for.

They are low maintenance and fun to play with, making them perfect for kids.

Do hamsters make good pets?

All of their perks are listed in the next slide:

#1 They don't need special training

Perks of Hamsters:

#2 Their upkeep is inexpensive.

#3 They're cute and entertaining.

#4 Keep ypu company at night since they're nocturnal.

#5 Require minimal space.

#6 Don't require special attention.

#7 Easy to clean up after.

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Are you feeling tempted to bring one of these furry little creatures into your home?