Hamster Breeds

There are five domesticated breeds of hamsters. Syrian hamster and Chinese hamster were considered full size. The three other dwarf breeds are the Campbell dwarf hamster, the Winter White Russian dwarf hamster and the Roborovski dwarf.

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What does weaning mean for hamsters?

Weaning is when the young hamsters completely stop using the milk of the mother, the weaning process begins when the hamsters start eating other foods, though also keep drinking the mother's milk. They are completely weaned when the rely on other food and not the mother. This is also usually the point where the hamsters can leave the mother and go to new homes.

How old do hamsters live?

Most common hamsters live for about 2 years. But, if you keep them very VERY healthy than they can live up to 5 years.

Are Muslims allowed a guinea pig as a pet?

yes they are it`s just dogs that they are not allowed to have

Why do hamster pee outside of the cage?

Your hamster pees outside of the cage because it doesn't want to get it's cage covered in pee i think. ;)

Male hamsters will urinate outside their cage to mark, like a dog or cat would mark their teritory.

Can 2 Chinese dwarf hamsters be in the same cage?

it depends if they were born together or else i wouldnt. Because that can lead to blood mabe death.

Can dwarf hamsters eat turkey?

Dwarf hamsters, like any animal will eat anything you give them, but I personally do not recommend it. I feel that although they can eat turkey(NOT Pork), it is better to not feed your hamsters, or any pet, table food because it is not always good for their health. I recommend that you stick to feeding your little friend its food specificed for it.

Good luck with your dwarf hamster!

What sedative can you give a dwarf hamster?

I would not sedate a tiny animal without the help of a vet even with herbals. However, hamster's teeth grow continually, so they must always have hard things to chew on. Their food mix should have hard kibble and seeds in the shell in it, or give them wood hamster toys from a pet store.

You should always educate yourself about an animal's behavior before you bring one home. This will prevent the animal being treated unfairly. If your hamster is keeping you up at night, it probably has more to do with his environment than a need to be sedated. They are nocturnal creatures. If you have it in a wire or plastic cage, it is probably hanging off of the sides and chewing. You can prevent this by moving him into a glass aquarium with tall sides and a wire mesh lid. The tall sides will prevent him from climbing up on his toys and chewing the rim. If it is his running in a squeaky wheel, look in your pet store for the silent alternatives. The old fashioned metal ones will eventually all squeak. Also, look into investing in glass and metal water bottles instead of plastic. This will also do away with chewing noises. Be sure the hamster has wood pieces to chew on. You can pick these up at the pet store. I give our old cardboard oatmeal boxes and such when are done with them. This keeps their teeth worn down. If you assess the situation and try to figure out a solution, then you AND your pet can both be happier.

How do you care for an injured dwarf hamster and make sure it is ok?

Dwarf hamsters are very small and it's hard for vets to handle them (from my personal experience). There may not be a way to heal them. If they need surgery, it's very hard to put them under anesthesia. They may or may not come out the same or may not come out at all.

You need to make sure the little hamster is comfy so make sure he/she has cotton wool in his bed, lots of fresh water, salad and other supplies to keep him nourished and his usual food. Also avoid handling him/her.

Can a dwarf rabbit live in a dwarf hamsters cage?

No,it would be way to small.Dwarf rabbits cant live in a hamsters cages as they are bigger and they need more room.

How many teeth does a hamster have?

The Hamster (Cricetus cricetus) has 16 teeth: 2 upper and 2 lower incisors, and 3 molars on every side, both upper and lower (3left up + 3left down + 3right up + 3 right down).

How do you put a hamster water bottle in a glass cage?

buy a bottle with suckers on it and stick it on the inside and turn the bit that they suck out of around x

Why do your Chinese dwarf hamster squeak?

if they are quueaking in your hands and is shivering it is cold or scared if it is squeaking in it's cage and your hand is not near it it's happy if it squeaks in your arms and isn't shivering it's really happy or is just chatty. also if you are tring to grab it in it's cage and it squeaks it's scared as well.

How do you know if your hamster is pregnant?

just so people know: hamsters don't have to get bigger, some don't show any signs they are pregnant, so use behaviour, and just your own observations such as mating sessions food consumption yes nesting etc to draw this conclusion, but when in doubt, assume they are, and clean the cage as soon as u notice the nesting behaviour, yes mum might get upset but its better than having a dirty cage that will not be allowed to be cleaned properly for another few weeks

Your hamster would get bigger also you will realize that she will be a little protective. Her abdomen will be of course bigger, and tighter, and often her nipples will become more visible. She will also eat more and a few days before giving birth, she will be carrying lots of bedding off to make a nest. Do NOT clean the cage!

If the hamster is making a nest and eating lots and lots of food and if the tummy is big, she might be pregnant.

You know when your hamster is pregnant when you see that is it gotten huge in a short amount of time. Her stomach will be bigger than you have ever seen it. They will also begin to make a giant nest in the corner of the cage. She will take most of the shavings in the cage to make the nest. She will hide her self completely in the nest. DO NOT touch the babies if she has them because this may cause abandonment of the babies.

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When the hamsters little tummy is getting big.

Can Chinese dwarf hamsters eat tomato?

No they can't So don't give it to them unless you want to take it to a vets because it will become unwell..

B-) Me x

If your teddy bear hamster just had her first litter of pups is there anything you need to do now?

Don't touch the babies. The mother will sense a smell that has never smelt before. Therefore, she thinks her babies are sick or contaminated, so she will eat the babies. Also, don't disturb the mother too much or she will go crazy!

Can you bathe your hamster?

No; it will wash out the essential oils in their fur and they will die.

You can spray them lightly with water it it is absolutely necessary to get something toxic out of their fur.

You should not bathe your hamsters because they have special chemicals on their fur and if you wash them off they can catch a cold because they will get cold. you should only bathe them if they have harsh toxic stuff on their fur like paint if so then take a couple cotton swabs wet them a little bit and stroke their fur but you should never use soap.

Hamsters do clean themselves. They clean themselves very often but you can give them a dust bath but DO NOT give tham a bath with water and soap.

not how we get baths. just remember this. get warm water a rag and bowl. dab the rag in the bowl and then ring it out getting most of the water off the rag. then gently dab the hamster. Joe J.

Hamsters - To Bathe or Not to Bathe....Yes, but not often. Hamsters are obsessive groomers and frequent soap and water baths will dry their skin. Pet stores sell bath powder, but a better (because you can use it for a multitude of needs from foot fungus to a very safe and odorless insecticide) and much less expensive alternative is Amorphous Diatomaceous Earth which can vary in price (but still costs less than the pet store powder - the cheapest I've found is about $15 for a huge but light 5 gallon container). Place enough of the powder in a small bowl (pet stores also carry cute, specially made ceramic bathers) for your hamster to be able to roll around in (like a pig in mud). You can keep it in the cage (if there is ample room) or make a routine of it. Your pet will decline if it isn't time yet. Most seem to enjoy it. But a water bath in the sink (make sure there are no holes or drains open that they can fit through) or a large bowl or basin with mild soap (pet store variety, baby shampoo, or your own if it's mild) is nice every so often, but no more than once a month unless Hammy gets into something icky. Be careful of the temperature and rinse well. I wrap mine in several soft paper towels and cuddle them until they're dry. Although they don't love it, they handle the bath quite well, and are surprisingly calm afterward. Good luck!

P.S. Never bathe a nursing mom! But, if you know she's expecting, it's not a bad idea to give her a gentle bath before the birth and freshen her cage. But don't disturb all the nesting she's done in preparation, and consider adding another cage (because they'll be needing the extra room temporarily - especially if you remove the higher attachments, which babies can fall out of if that's where she decides to keep them).

Emma: No!, I just called a pet store they said no, but maybe every year. Hamsters clean themselves so there not dirty (think of cats) And A heads up if hamsters are a lot of money, use a friends ( like I did!)
Hamsters can clean themselves. If they have gotten into something they shouldn't have, you can take a damp cloth and wipe it off. Then wrap them in a dry towel until completely dry. NEVER give a hamster a bath. It can lower the hamsters body temperature, and strip the natural oils that keep their fur and skin healthy. Never apply any shampoo or oils, because then they will ingest anything they groom off after. This can harm them.

Can you shower an albino Russian dwarf hamster?

'Albino Russian Dwarf hamster should be gently scrubbed with some hot water'

You should never shower a hamster in case it gets wet tali! Only 'bath' a hamster if it has something in its fur - but you use an old toothbrush and water to comb it out, but never shower it.


According to my exotic vet you should never bathe your hamster since they keep themselves very clean through self grooming and could actually die from getting wet. If there is a smell then clean the cage thoroughly and if there's still a smell then get it to an exotic vet in case your hamster has an infection. Mine had a small hole in her cheek from shoving too much stuff in her cheek pouch and it got infected (though it didn't smell) and I took her to my exotic vet. She needed antibiotics and she was fine once everything healed.

How do you treat a dwarf hamster with bites from another hamster?

Separate the hamsters. They do not live in groups in nature and only get together for a short time for mating. They are solitary animals and will continue to fight if they aren't separated. If antibiotics don't help, take them to the vet. Some infections can be below the skin where a topical antibiotic won't help. Only the vet can deal with this problem!

How do you know when a dwarf hamster's leg is broken?

Take it to the vet. It may be suffering. Hamsters are quiet animals. They won't scream when in pain, but the will limp and remain hurt. Bring it to the vet as soon as possible. They will know exactly how to check.

Will a female hamster mate if she is already pregnant?

No, she won't. After a hamster gets pregnant she does all she can to chase and scare away males, preparing for impending pups. She gets extremely aggressive right after her pups are born, so be careful no to put any males near her, and watch your own hand as well; she may see it as a threat. If a pregnant female hamster was to mate while the pregnancy, it is likely that the unborn babies will be either damaged or even dead when born.

What do you do for a hamster that got bit by another hamster and is sick and cannot eat or do anything or move and all it does is sleep?

Take it to the vet ASAP. If these are the symptoms, that means your hamster is very close to dying. Your hamster is not sleeping. It is just waiting to die, so it closes it's eyes. Take it to the vet!