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Hamsters

Hamsters are short-tailed, small rodents with stout bodies and soft, thick fur. They come in a variety of colors and can have long or short hair. The Syrian Hamster is the most well-known of the many species, and they go by several names, usually based on their color. Some popular varieties include the "polar bear," "honey bear," "Dalmation," and "panda bear."

Hamster Habits

Hamsters

These little animals are crepuscular, which means they experience increased activity during twilight. During daylight hours, they prefer to burrow underground to avoid predators. Hamsters usually live about two or three years in captivity, and they eat purchased food, plant material, nuts, and even insects. Although their vision is poor, they have excellent hearing and a keen sense of smell.

Hamsters are popular small pets. They require a supply of food, water, a clean, roomy cage, lots of exercise, and soft bedding. They also love to play. They are generally easy to care for in captivity. There are some things that will make your pet more comfortable and healthy.

  • In order to fully domesticate one of these rodents, you must handle it regularly. When you hold your pet frequently, it learns your scent and begins to trust you.
  • Your pet will enjoy hamster food from the pet store, as well as a variety of fresh vegetables and sometimes fruits.
  • Be sure to provide a hiding place for your pet. Empty tissue boxes are perfect.
  • Hanging water bottles are the best way to keep your pet hydrated.

Before adopting a hamster, it's a good idea to find out lots of information about these wonderful little pets. For more tips, take a look at these guidelines from the Humane Society of the United States. Good research can help make life more enjoyable for both you and your new friend.

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