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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

What are the best Hamster Cages

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Hamster cages are excellent habitats to house your pet hammy! Hamsters are great animals to keep as pets, and as such, it is important to choose a great hamster cage for them to live. If you want your hamster to live for a long time (over three years) then a healthy living environment will significantly increase their health and mental well-being giving you a greater chance that they will live longer. This guide will help you choose the best habitat for your hamster as well as point out the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

Habitat Size

There have been numerous studies that have proven that hamsters can become very stressed and upset when in cramped conditions so you should strive to give your hamster as big a cage as possible. If you are keeping dwarf hamsters, it is also important to provide them with a large roomy area to encourage good relations and stop them feeling territorial to each other. Dwarf hamsters much prefer wide open spaces as opposed to those Crittertrail habitats that have tubes and compartments.
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Different Housing for a Hamster

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There are a few different options for housing your hamster; the most common are the traditional hamster cage. These types of enclosures are a plastic tray covered over with metal bars that keep your hamster from escaping. The biggest problems with hamster cages include the fact that if your hamster is prone to bar chewing, it can be quite a noisy experience for you especially if your hamster lives in your bedroom. Another disadvantage could be a dirty carpet!

If you like to give your hamster a lot of substrates or bedding, it can be easy for them to start kicking out of the cage and through the bars onto the room floor. Finally, if you want maximum visibility to see your furry friend, bar cages are not the best due to visibility obfuscation from the metal bars. Hamster cages offer maximum ventilation for airflow providing your hamster with high fresh air. It also helps ammonia caused by urine to disperse easier.

Hamster Habitats

Dedicated hamster habitats are becoming more and more popular these days. Brands of cage such as Habitrail or Crittertrail provide hamster compartments which can be linked up with hamster tubes. They do not represent a good home for dwarf hamsters living in pairs or small groups due to them encouraging the territorial behavior. Habitats make a great add-on compartment for a large hamster cage. According to besthamstercage.com – There are many good and bad cages out there especially at places like Walmart and Amazon.

Tanks or Aquariums

Another great option for your hamster home is an old used glass fish tank or a plastic aquarium. Glass fish tanks offer superb visibility for your hamster pets. However, they can be very cumbersome to move around and difficult to clean out. An excellent alternative to glass is plastic. You can buy various small pet habitats that are made of a transparent plastic material making good visibility and ease of movement. If you are going to use a glass aquarium, it is important to create a homemade tank topper made from mesh or cage bars to maximize airflow which is not great to start out with anyway. The price of a hamster cage can vary dramatically. You can get excellent quality from brands such as Savic, or you can pay low prices and get poor quality from supermarkets or online retailers such as Amazon.

Accessories and Toys

Once you have purchased your hamster cage, it is important to furnish it with some toys and necessary accessories. Hamsters need a massive food bowl to prevent them from tipping it up and spoiling food. They need a water bottle (not a bowl) to provide them with a clean water supply daily. Hamsters love to exercises and when in the wild they can cover great distances over several miles, so it is important to provide them with a hamster wheel. Hamsters teeth are always growing, so it is important to provide them with chews in the form of wood, loofah or cardboard.