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Q: Where does the Syrian hamster come from?
A: The Syrian hamster was introduced to the scientific community around 1930. A female hamster and her young were found in the Syrian desert by a zoologist and brought them back to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They were raised, and because of their remarkable ability to have a litter of puppies every month, and for being so friendly and easy to handle, they were used in laboratories around the world as test subjects.
Q: Where does the Russian Dwarf Hamster (Russian Hamster and Russian Campbell Hamster) come from?
A: The first laboratory colony was formed in Leningrad by a group of hamsters captured in Tuva, Mongolia. Later a female and two males were sent from Leningrad to the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Oncology in Moscow. Soon after, the descendants of these hamsters were exported to laboratories throughout Europe. Entrepreneurs from these countries soon saw the earning potential of these cute little "pocket pets", and now the dwarf hamster is very common in pet stores worldwide.
Q: Why does my hamster sleep during the day?
A: Hamsters are twilight, which means they like to sleep during the day and stay up all night. If you don't believe me, try putting your hamster's cage in your room one night and see if you can sleep. This does not mean that you will never see it. If you are affectionate and kind to your hamster, when you get home and hears you, he will be waiting for you.
Q: Should I give my hamster a bath?
A: That is a forbidden word in the hamster world, hamsters do not like water sports. Nature has provided hamsters with a natural oil to keep skin clean and in condition. That's why they spend a lot of time preparing and licking. Although they can swim, water baths are not recommended. If a wet hamster cools, it can lead to the flu and possibly death.
Q: Can I have two hamsters together?
A: If you have a Syrian hamster, often called the "Teddy Bear Hamster," the answer is "no." Syrian hamsters are lonely, if you try to keep two together one will eventually kill the other. If, on the other hand, you have Russian dwarf Campbells or white winter Siberians the answer is "usually." If you buy a pair of young brother hamsters at the pet store, they will most likely get along. If the dwarf hamster has been alone for a while, then he is much less likely to accept new company.
P: Aaah! My hamster is having young, what should I do?
A: You have to get used to it, you are about to discover who your true friends are. Apart from marsupial mammals and those that don't lay eggs, hamsters have the shortest reproductive cycle of any other mammal on this planet. So here are some tips. If you have Syrian hamsters, remove the male quickly if he has not. Sirians should not stay together anyway, since they are lonely. If you have dwarf hamsters (except the Chinese dwarf) you can leave the male in the cage, they actually help with the raising of the young, with the mother's food and even keep the young warm when the mother goes out to stretch her legs . But be careful, dwarf hamsters usually breed again within 24 hours after the young are born. So be careful if you don't want endless hamster pups.
The mother can also eat the babies, but don't let this bother you, it happens. We don't always know why, but it seems to happen especially if the mother is young or agitated. Try to leave the little family alone on the day of birth. If you let the mother - offspring bond occur without alterations, the offspring will have a better chance of survival. The mother may have the young throughout the cage, but she will gather all of them after she has had them all and begins to take care of them all. You should find homes as soon as possible, but not separate them from the mother until they have four weeks.
Q: How can I know if my hamster is pregnant?
A: It is very difficult to say. It will only look fatter than normal about 2 days before giving birth. She can build a nest or improve the existing one and will usually be more active than normal. Dwarf hamsters are pregnant for about 19-21 days (Syrians only 16 days) so the best thing you can do is wait and see. When they give birth, consult hamster breeding pages, and remember not to touch the young.
Q: My hamster has escaped, how can I find it?
A: Hamsters can be regular little escape artists, but don't worry, we have the perfect solution. The first thing you should do is close all the doors, and remove other animals such as cats or dogs from the house if possible. Place mixed piles of your hamster's usual food in the corners of each room. Look at the pile of food you eat to determine which room your hamster is in. Once you know what room it is in, you can catch it. Take a bucket and put some clothes and some foods with a strong smell (like cheese) inside. Then, use books to build steps so that it reaches the top of the cube. The hamster must climb to the top, go down inside the bucket attracted by the smell of delicious food, but will not be able to leave.
Q: I have 2 dwarves in the same cage they are always fighting. Should I separate them?
A: When two or more dwarves stay together, fighting is usually quite common. This is part of your normal game and should not be interfered. In my opinion, fighting hamsters should only be separated if the results of the fight results in bloodshed in any hamster. This is defined as serious confrontations. If you see the hamsters fight, keep in mind that there are many fights due to lack of space and food. Fighting can also occur in hamsters who are establishing which is the dominant hamster in a couple or colony. Remember, if hamsters are Syrians, you should NEVER keep it together. They will always fight, whatever the circumstances. They must be separated immediately, since the fight will always lead to death.
Q: What are the best delicacies to give to my hamster?
A: The best delicacies for hamsters are foods that are similar to those they can eat in the wild. (Rinse with water) Fresh vegetables are good, for example, carrots, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, romaine lettuce, spinach and other vegetables. Fresh fruits (rinsed in water) are also good, for example, apples, pears, bananas, grapes and most berries. Remember never give any citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits, etc.
In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables you can also offer many whole grain and cereal foods. They love whole grain bread, and you can give it alone or dip it in plain yogurt or skim milk. Low-salt, sugar-free or low-sugar cereals are great to give as well. Oatmeal alone is very nutritious, and can be dried or soaked in skim milk.
Protein is an important part of a hamster's diet. Hard or scrambled eggs are a luxury. Hamsters also love worms and crickets that can be purchased at the pet store.
One thing to remember when setting the hamsters dinner is that moderation and variety are very important. Always provide standard seeds and mix bars daily, and only offer some of these delicacies from time to time.
Q: How often should I clean the cage?
A: Wet and dirty areas should be cleaned daily. Accessories should be cleaned at least once a month or every time they get dirty. The cage should be cleaned once a week with soap and water. However, if the hamster has a bath or something similar where urine can be replaced or cleaned and dried while the cage is washed, but that is only if the hamster has not urinated anywhere else.
Q: Lately my hamster has been drinking and urinating much more than usual, is this normal?
A: Urinating and drinking excessively are not normal for a hamster, these symptoms could point to several possibilities:
- Urinary tract infections: they are more common in females than in male hamsters, but they can also have them. You may also notice some blood in the urine. To treat this, you will have to take it to the vet will give you antibiotics for your hamster like Batril or Albon. The infection usually disappears in a week or so.
- Diabetes: an increasingly common disease in dwarf hamsters. It is diagnosed through a urine test, which can be done either by your veterinarian or by yourself at home, using urine test strips, such as Bayer Diastix.
If you test positive for diabetes, you will have to immediately make adjustments to your diet. Find a mixture of seeds without sugar. You will have to take away the corn and peas and also eliminate any fruit from the diet, as well as any candy that includes sugar in the ingredients.
Your veterinarian may be able to help you treat your diabetic hamster with a medication called 'Glipizide' that has successfully treated diabetic guinea pigs. But you need to know a veterinarian with experience in hamsters so you know how to find the right dose in Weight function of your hamster.
You know how many hours a day does a hamster sleep? Do you do it during the night or during the day?
If you have a hamster, surely you have already realized that their resting habits are quite different from yours. Each mammal has its own way of resting and that of the hamsters It is one of the most curious.
Would you like to know more about the conditions necessary for your hamster sleep well? Do you think your pet sleeps too many hours? Read on to discover more information.
Find out how many hours a day a hamster sleeps
The hamsters They are crepuscular animals, that is, they sleep during the day and condense the most activity of their routine at night. Does this mean that you will only be able to enjoy your company during the night? If you are affectionate with your hamster and are able to forge a strong bond with him, he will not hesitate to wake up when he sits nearby to play with you or ask for food.
In total, uNo hamster sleeps around ten or twelve hours each day. This period does not have to be uninterrupted and many hamsters make small pauses in between to eat, drink or browse.
Help your hamster rest
Rest is important for the health of your hamster. Beyond how many hours a day does a hamster sleep, you should also know what supplements you can include inside your cage to promote your rest and help you stay healthy.
A fundamental element is the nest. This can be purchased in bags in any pet store and consists of a natural fiber that your pet can gnaw, pile and modify, thus forming a nest into which it will be introduced to sleep. The nest reinforces the feeling of protection of your hamster, keeps it warm and isolated and thus favors its rest.
Best answer: There is a little information about these animals, I am 4. and I tell you that the main thing you need is to have a company, so buy another one to be accompanied ok.
Hamsters generally sleep during the day and play at night.
The hamster is a rodent and like all of them, the growth of its incisors is constant.
It may happen that the owner decides to feed him only with a soft diet which will be detrimental
of the hamster, the one who desperately bites the bars of his cage or will destroy the bathtubs
plastic cage. The best remedy for this not to happen is to place a small piece of bone,
Even better if you have small pieces of meat attached. It will serve as food, source of provision of
calcium and wear element of your teeth.
They also have the condition to hibernate, that is, to enter into a lethargy or winter dream, during the
which do not feed and survive the accumulated food reserves in your body. This does not
It always happens, it depends on the ambient temperature.
Feeding a hamster is an easy task, they are omnivorous animals, that is, they accept practically all kinds of
food, but preferably consume foods of plant origin. Grains, fruits, legumes and
Vegetables constitute the main diet. Accessory raw meat and small bones with traces of
Meat are very fancy and need it as a supplement to your diet. Among the grains, there are those of
Wheat, sorghum, oats and sunflower.
It should not be forgotten that if you are provided with food in large quantities, they will take care of
Store them in your 2 large buches, on each side of your mouth and fill them up to look like a monster.
They will then store it in some corner of their cage.
Garlic, onions, cabbage and citrus fruits should be discarded from the hamsters' diet, because
They often produce unpleasant bowel disorders.
Males reach puberty at 45 days (better to mate at 70 days)
Females between 28 and 31 days of life. The female estrous cycle lasts 4 days (time it is fertile).
Gestation lasts 16 days. Adults should be separated during childbirth and breastfeeding.
Number per litter
Wean the (separate from the mother)
Within 24 hours
Female 120 g
108 g male
Life span (years)
Daily adult water consumption
Daily adult food intake (varies with age and condition)
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