breed the following colors and coat types of Syrian
(aka Golden or Teddy Bear) hamsters:
Black Eyed Cream
belong to the rodent family. They have large incisors
that continually grow. Therefore, they need to gnaw
to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.
are many different species of hamsters throughout the
world. Most live in semi-desert areas.
are nocturnal. They have poor eyesight, but have a keen
sense of smell and they have excellent hearing. Most
hamsters have expandable cheekpouches which they carry
food and bedding back to their borrow where they store
Dwarf Hamsters,that are very social and happiest in
pairs or groups, the Syrian hamsters are solitary. Although
they may live peacefully as babies, once they reach
approximately 8 - 10 weeks old, they will need to be
One cage per hamster. You can house your hamster in
an aquarium or wire cage. The cage and any shelves should
be layered with lots of bedding. We recommend Aspen
bedding. The Fluffy beddings are dangerous to hamsters.
They hourd it in their cheekpouches and can choke. ALSO,
DO NOT USE CEDAR
AND PINE SHAVINGS!! These shaving contain phenols that
are toxic and caustic and can burn ANY small animals'
respiratory tract. Clean the cage every 3 or 4 days.
Wash the cage, toys, water bottle and anything else
you have provided your hamster. Keeping your hamsters
clean will help him live longer and help against disease.
Hamsters - Feeding
should eat a basic diet of hamster mix each evening.
You can feed your hamster suppliments such as carrots,
fruit and nuts. A
demand watering system works best for the hamster. You
can purchase water bottles that will fit an aquarium
or a wire cage.
Hamsters - Feeding
normal hamster food. You can add some wild bird seed,
which is a better size for Dwarves than some of the
seeds meant for full-size hamsters.
the wild, hamsters run several miles a night. Domesticated
hamsters still keep the instinct to run and explore,
so need a way of exercising. A wheel in the cage is
much appreciated. Experts swear by the brand Wodent
Wheel, but not all shops stock this. Wheels withrungs are dangerous, as a hamsters legs can
get trapped. If you cant find a solid-floor wheel,
you can make arunged one safe by weaving card
backwards and forwards through the rungs. They enjoy
a daily run around a secure room, but if this isnt
possible you can buy an exercise ball for them. Get
the small size of ball, and limit sessions to about
20 minutes to avoid exhaustion or dehydration. Hamsters
also enjoy a roll in a dust bath. Use only chinchilla
sand/dust, as ordinary sand or talc are dangerous to
species of Russian Dwarf hamster include the Winter
White Dwarf Russian hamster (Phodopus sungoris). Another
Dwarf (non-Russian) type is the Roborovski Hamster.
The Chinese hamster is another that, although not technically
a Dwarf Hamster, is often referred to as such because
of its small size.
hamsters are social animals, and should normally live
together. The female is quite dominant, however, and
will fight any other female. She should therefore live
on her own, unless with a male of equal or older age.
A Campbells on her own needs lots of toys, wheels, play
and handling to make up for a full-time companion. This
is in contrast to the larger, more common Syrian hamster
(aka Golden or Teddy Bear hamster) which is solitary
and MUST live on its own. Do not house Winter Whites
with any other species, i.e. Winter Whites, Syrian hamsters,
gerbils or mice. Fighting between them may lead to death,
and will certainly stress the animals. Dwarf hamsters
can squeeze through the bars of cages meant for full-size
Syrian hamsters, so an aquarium or mouse cage with narrower-spaced
bars is best. Use pine or aspen wood shavings (not sawdust)
for floor litter. Avoid cedar shavings. Buy from a petshop,
not a wood-yard as wood from the latter may have been
treated by a chemical which would be bad for hamsters.
Dwarves love to dig and burrow, so a nice deep layer
will give them hours of fun. Bedding must be able to
be dissolved in water, in case the hamster eats it.
Use either the white paper shredded bedding, or unscented
white tissue or toilet paper. Many petshops sell fluffy
bedding from seemingly reputable companies
which looks cosy for a hamster, and is even labelled
safe. Dont be fooled. FLUFFY BEDDING
KILLS!!! It cannot dissolve in water, and has caused
many deaths by internal strangulation. Fluffy bedding
can also get wrapped round a limb, and cause amputation.
Legal action against some manufacturers of this dangerous
bedding is pending. Meanwhile, please dont let
your pet become another victim of these firms
APPLIES IF INTRODUCED TO A CAGEMATE
Hamsters can forget the scent of a cagemate if separated
too long (such as overnight), so introduce or reintroduce
on neutral territory (such as in the bath), rub some
of the home cage shavings on the returning or new hamster,
and take care to watch / listen out for fighting, especially
at night, as fighting can be very fierce, even to the
death. If you have to introduce or reintroduce, it is
an idea to keep the cage in your bedroom for a few nights,
so you can be awakened by the noise of any fighting.
sunflower seeds (either with or without the shell),
toast, apple (but not the pits, which are poisonous
to small animals), unsalted peanuts, especially in their
shells (but not too many or too often). Just crack the
shella bit, and watch the fun while they try to
get the nut out! sultanas, raisins, currants. Hamsters
enjoy vegetables such as carrots, broccoli (including
the leaves) and lettuce. Only give vegetables a couple
of times a week at most, and lettuce in small quantities
and once a week at most because it can cause liver disease
in excess. Do not give iceberg lettuce.
hamsters teeth grow continually, so they need
to gnaw to keep their teeth at the right length. You
can buy hamster chews, or dog biscuits, or fruit wood
(apple or pear branches - non fruit wood can poison).
If you can wedge the chew in the cage, the hamster is
more likely to use it than if it is loose. You can also
buy salt/ mineral licks / chews for hamsters.
chocolate meant for humans is toxic to hamsters - it
will slowly poison. You can buy special chocolate treats
for hamsters from petshops, but only give once in a
while. Avoid giving sweet things to hamsters too often.