Today I am going to answer the most critical questions about hamsters, from how to choose them to how to feed them. Stay close!
What Is The Best Type Of Bedding For Your Hamster?
I would recommend anything paper-based, or aspen shavings. Stay away from pine, cedar or scented bedding. My favorite choice is definitely the paper-based bedding. I like Carefresh or Kaytee Clean&Cozy; both are awesome and work well. Aspen is another one of my favorites, for something a bit more natural.
How Much Bedding Do You Recommend Putting In Your Hamster’s Cage?
Generally, I recommend having at least one section of six inches. That gives your hamster enough room to burrow because hamsters are burrowing animals. It is essential, so giving them enough bedding ensures that they can do it.
At What Age Would A Hamster Reach Adulthood?
For hamsters, it is six months of age, which might seem a little young for us, but it actually isn’t. Considering hamsters only live one and a half to two years, or sometimes three years, six months really isn’t that young for a hamster.
How Often Should I Feed My Hamster?
Personally, I recommend not feeding your hamster every single day. When you do it, this allows them to become picky eaters. Then, they’ll pick out certain things like maybe just sunflower seeds, because they know they’re going to get fed the next day again. If you give your hamster enough time to eat all the food in the dish, that prevents them from becoming picky.
I like to get my hamsters two tablespoons every two to three days and usually, they eat all of the food.
What Is The Best Wheel For A Syrian Hamster?
There aren’t too many options out there, and most of them are on line-only. My two favorite wheels, though, would have to be the Silent Runner and the Wodent Wheel. These work best for Syrians because they do come in a large size. There also is the Silent Spinner; I think they have a 12-inch wheel, and the 10-inch also works just as well. Moreover, there is the comfort wheel; I think that comes in 8-inch as well, which can be suitable for a Syrian.
How Often Do I Have To Clean My Hamster’s Cage?
This really depends on how large your hamster’s cage is. If your cage is above the minimum of 450 square inches of floor space, you should only be cleaning it out once a month. Of course, you should daily spot clean or spot-clean every couple of days, but if your cage is enormous, you really do not need to be cleaning and taking out all of the bedding every single week.
How Much Should A Healthy Syrian Weigh?
There is a massive gap in how much a Syrian should weigh. A Syrian can weigh anywhere from 120 grams to 200 grams, though some actually get a little bit larger. My hamster, Honey, is actually a very small Syrian. She is only around a hundred grams. But she is active, healthy, she drinks and eats, so that is just how she is.
So as long as your hamster is looking healthy and active and eating, their weight shouldn’t matter.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of A Roborovski Hamster?
I don’t think there are a ton of cons. The pros obviously are that they’re really adorable, they look like little cotton balls, they’re super fun to watch and very cute in general. The only con, if you are getting a Roborovski, is that you have to be prepared and understand that you may not ever tame your Robo.
They may not become a hundred percent tamed, where you can just hold them, and they’ll sit still. Robos have a lot of energy, and also are the hardest species to tame, so you really have to be patient with them. You can’t get upset if the taming process isn’t going how you want. Some are a lot tougher to tame than others, obviously, and that is something you need to keep in mind. I think that is one of the only cons I can think of when it comes to owning a Roborovski.
Do Dwarf Hamsters Need To Be In Pairs Or Groups?
Short answer: No. Dwarf hamsters can do just fine on their own. I actually recommend you only have one hamster per cage. There are lots of times where someone has a pair of dwarf hamsters, and they end up fighting. Sometimes they fight at night when you are sleeping, and it’s possible that the fight can become so bad that one hamster will get killed. Then you wake up with only one hamster, which is really sad.
This is why I really recommend just getting one hamster. Pairs can become pretty tricky. You need a huge cage, and you need to have two of everything, including a spare cage. So just one hamster per cage is your best option.
What Type Of Sand Do They Need To Bath In?
First, you want to get something that is sand, not dust. So you can get chinchilla bath sand but stay away from anything that says chinchilla bath dust. The difference between the two is that dust is literally dust particles from sand. Dust can cause a hamster to get a respiratory infection, which you don’t want. So you are going to want to get sand. I personally have a tough time finding just chinchilla bath sand, and so I use children’s play sand. It’s a super cheap option because you get a 40-pound bag for maybe $10, and that will last you probably your hamster’s entire life, so it is a great deal.
If Your Hamster Is An Adult, Can You Still Tame Him Or Her?
Yes, it is totally possible to tame an adult hamster; they don’t have to be babies to be tamed. Basically, the taming process is similar to bonding with your hamster and just getting them used to people. That is what the taming process looks like, and it can be done at any age.
If You Have Other Loud Pets, Like Dogs, Can You Still Own A Hamster?
Yes, you totally can still own a hamster if you have other loud animals, like a parrot or dog, or any other animals that make a lot of noise. You might want to keep your hamster in a room that’s more quiet, away from those animals, but eventually, your hamster will adapt to those noises and become used to them.
What Are The Different Breeds Of Hamsters?
This is a two-part question because first I want to say that hamsters are not breeds – they are actually called species. The difference between races and species is that breeds are animals only slightly different from one another – you have that in dogs, cats, and rabbits. For dogs, you can have pugs, Labradors, etc.
A species is an entirely different animal, like an elephant and a turtle. Hamsters are species, which is why they cannot actually interbreed with each other. So if someone tells you, they have a Syrian dwarf hamster, that is not true because a Syrian and dwarf can’t even breed, as they’re not the same species. It would be like a tiger and a fish trying to breed with each other.
And, to actually answer the question, there are five different species of domesticated hamsters. There is the Roborovski, the Syrian, the Chinese hamster, Winter White, and the Russian Campbells dwarf hamster.
How Can You Tell When Your Hamster Is In Heat?
Female hamsters go into heat every four days, and the fourth day is when they can breed. All females go through this. They go through it every four days, so you’re going to smell a different smell from your female hamster. It usually smells like burning rubber – it’s a weird scent, but it’s not too bad, in my opinion.
Still, I think each hamster is different when it comes to how bad they smell. My females don’t smell that bad when they’re in heat. Anyway, to answer the question, how to tell when they’re in the heat is basically that smell you’re going to feel. Also, when you scratch your hamster’s butt area, their tails should stick straight up. That means they’re in heat. Sometimes females can act a little bit crazier when they’re in heat, which is totally normal.
Is A Hamster Ball Safe?
I know a lot of people are going to be a little bit angry when I say this because it’s such a controversial topic, but I do not think hamster balls are safe, and I have a couple of reasons why.
The first reason that hamster balls, in my opinion, are not safe, is because they can cause a lot of injuries. A hamster can’t see outside when in a hamster ball (let alone they actually can’t see that well in the first place). They can easily collide into walls and fall downstairs. They can also get their nails and toes caught in the slits of the ball. Those are the ventilation holes, but they can get their toes stuck in there and break them.
The next thing is that it’s stressful for your hamster. Your hamster has two options when it is put into a ball: to sit there or to run. If your hamster is scared inside the ball, they don’t have the option to go and hide under a hideout, to go eat food or drink. They’re forced to basically run in a tiny enclosure that they can’t get out of.
Another thing that I know a lot of people think or have told me is that their hamster enjoys it because they put the hamster ball up to the cage, and the hamster jumps in. Well, I can put basically anything up to my hamster, and they’re going to want to jump in just because they’re curious. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a mug, a travel cage, a tube, they generally are going to climb in it willingly, but that doesn’t mean that they enjoy it.
In Germany, hamster balls are actually listed as unsuitable animal supplies, with a high risk of injury. They also are very criticized by vets and animal protection societies. This is important to note because Germany has the highest care standards when it comes to hamsters, so they know what they’re talking about.
That is why I think hamster balls are not safe, and why I choose not to use them, but instead use a safe hamster playpen and play with my hamster like that.
What To Do If My Syrian Hamster Doesn’t Like Running On The Wheel?
If your hamster is choosing not to run on the wheel, though you have a proper-sized, easy-to-spin wheel, that they can turn on their own, then the only option would be to give them a huge cage instead. Hamsters need to get rid of all of their energy, and the wheel is one of the main places to do so, so if they’re not using a wheel, you want to make sure they have a huge cage instead.
Why Do Hamsters Die Suddenly Or At An Early Age?
Hamsters genetics actually play a huge role in their life, and nowadays hamsters are bred very poorly. When they’re bred, their health isn’t considered. Unless you are getting it from an ethical breeder, you may end up with a hamster that has internal defects that you may never notice.
They can have things like enlarged organs, internal tumors, and other such things. If you are curious as to why your hamster may have died, one of the best ways to figure that out is to go see a vet. They can get an autopsy done and maybe give you some answers.
That was it! Hopefully, I did answer most of your questions about hamsters and how to take care of them properly.