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Dwarf Hamster Care

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Dwarf hamsters are captivating and clean animals to keep as pets. They have a high level of energy and are hugely entertaining. One key characteristic of these animals is the fact that they are social animals able to live together in pairs or even small groups.

Species

  1. Campbells Hamster
  2. Winter White Hamster
  3. Chinese Hamster
  4. Roborovski Hamster

Dwarf Hamster Facts

  • The average size of a dwarf hamster is between 2 and 4 inches long, this depends on the species.
  • The average life span of a dwarf hamster is up to 2 to 3 years and sometimes even longer with proper care.
  • Dwarf hamsters are herbivores.

Diet

Dwarf hamsters need a well-balanced and healthy diet. You can provide this by giving them a high-quality commercial hamster mix consisting of hamster pellets with limited amounts of grains. Alongside their primary hamster food, you can supplement them with a few pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables every few days to avoid stomach upsets. Do not feed your dwarf hamsters caffeine, alcohol or chocolate as these can give serious harm to your pets. Depending on their species. According to dwarfhamsterhome.com – Dwarf hamsters are prone to diabetes, so it is prudent to keep them away from sugary treats or food.

Feeding

There are some important things to remember when feeding your dwarf hamsters. There should always be fresh food and water available to your pets. Remove fresh food that has not been eaten within 24 hours should be eliminated to prevent your pet eating rotten food. You should not feed your hamster treats that exceed 10% of their primary hamster food.

Housing

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Because of their natural habitats in the wild, hamsters acclimatize well to the average household temperature, so there is not much to worry about unless you live in extremely cold or hot climates. Your hamster cage should not be in a drafty area or direct sunlight.

Your hamster cage should be metal, plastic or class. It should be escape proof with a solid bottom. Your hamster should have plenty of room for exercise, and it should include a hamster wheel. You should fill your hamster cage with 1 to 2 inches of hamster substrate or bedding. Proper hamster bedding includes dedicated paper based carefresh or similar, crumbled paper based bedding or wood shavings.

Dwarf hamsters are social animals and should be kept with the company of the same species. Sometimes dwarf hamsters may fight with each other, but this is normal and is social hierarchy establishing play fighting. You have a much better chance of keeping two dwarf hamsters together in peace by choosing two litter mates. You can introduce dwarf hamsters to each other if they are young enough to make friends.

Normal Behaviour

Dwarf Hamsters are nocturnal animals and spend most of their waking hours during the night time. Sometimes hamsters can adjust their time awake to your schedule. Dwarfs are easy to handle but they move quickly, especially Roborovski hamsters which are especially quick and small. There are many hamster names that suit dwarfs in a cute manner! They are less likely to nip or bite than the larger Syrian Hamster. They love to chew on objects in order to maintain their teeth length. Their teeth grows continuously so it’s important to provide them with lots of wooden chews. Dog biscuits are great chews for hamsters to use their teeth on.

Cage Maintenance

Dwarf hamsters are very clean animals and will generally choose a corner of their cage in order to go to the toilet in. If you provide them with a sand bath, they will often use this as a potty especially if it is on the opposite corner to their nesting area.  The cage should be cleaned and had the substrate replaced weekly or fortnightly depending on the size of your cage.  You can clean daily if your hamster is going to the toilet it in one particular area.

Hygiene and Grooming

Dwarf Hamster are very clean animals and you should never be given water baths. Dwarf hamsters absolutely love sand baths and it helps keep their coats clean and free from grease. You can spot clean your pets with a damp wash cloth or an unscented baby wipe. You should seek advice from your veterinarian if your hamster’s nails or teeth become too long.

Health

Signs that your dwarf hamster is healthy

  • Alert, active and social
  • Eating and drinking regularly
  • Healthy clean fur and shiny clear eyes
  • Normal regular breathing and walks without a limp
  • Yellow teeth

Signs of an unhealthy dwarf hamster

  • Weight loss
  • Breathing distress
  • Dirty rear end or diarrhoea
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Loss of fur
  • Dirty rear end or diarrhoea
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Overgrown teeth
  • Breathing distress
  • Loss of fur
  • Lethargic and tired
  • Nasal or Eye discharge

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