Hamster Care

Cute hamsters are easy to tend to as with any other pets. Owner must select a good cage, provide enough chew toys, and feed them with commercially made hamster-food as well as fruits and vegetables, among others.

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What can you feed a newborn hamster?

Food and Feeding Method

Feed them with Lactol; a milk formula as a replacement for mother's milk. Milk is to be given every hour until they are 7-10 days old using an eyedropper. Do not squirt the milk but instead, let a drop of milk hover on the dropper and let the pup or lick it.

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.

Can hamsters eat string?

No. The string could get stuck in your hamsters guts, and that wouldn't be very nice now, would it?

How do you know if you are ready to become a parent?

== == * Preparation for parenthood is not just a matter of reading books and decorating the nursery. Here are 12 simple tests for expectant parents to take to prepare themselves for the real-life experience of being a mother or father. # Women:to prepare for maternity, put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front. Leave it there for 9 months. After 9 months, take out 10% of the beans.

Men: to prepare for paternity, go the local drug store, tip the contents of your wallet on the counter, and tell the pharmacist to help himself. Then go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office. Go home. Pick up the paper and read it for the last time.

# Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels, and how they have allowed their children to run riot. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behavior. Enjoy it -- it'll be the last time in your life that you will have all of the answers.

# To discover how the nights feel, walk around the living room from 5 pm to 10 pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 lbs. At 10 pm put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1 am. Put the alarm on for 3 am. As you can't get back to sleep, get up a 2 am and make a drink. Go to bed at 2:45 am. Get up again at 3 am when the alarm goes off. Sing songs in the dark until 4 am. Put the alarm on for 5 am. Get up. Make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.

# Can you stand the mess children make? To find out, smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains. Hide a fish finger behind the stereo and leave it there all summer. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds then rub them on the clean walls. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

# Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems: first buy an octopus and a string bag. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that none of the arms hang out. Time allowed for this? -- all morning.

# Take an egg carton. Using a pair of scissors and a can of paint, turn it into an alligator. Now take a toilet tube. Using only scotch tape and a piece of foil, turn it into a Christmas tree. Last, take a milk container, a ping pong ball, and an empty packet of Coco Puffs and make an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower. Congratulations, you have just qualified for a place on the playgroup committee.

# Forget the Miata and buy a Mini Van. And don't think you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that. Buy a chocolate ice cream bar and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there. Get a quarter. Stick it in the cassette player. Take a family-size packet of chocolate cookies. Mash them down the back seats. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car. There! Perfect!

# Get ready to go out. Wait outside the toilet for half an hour. Go out the front door. Come in again. Go out. Come back in. Go out again. Walk down the front path. Walk back up it. Walk down it again. Walk very slowly down the road for 5 minutes. Stop to inspect minutely every cigarette butt, piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way. Retrace your steps. Scream that you've had as much as you can stand, until the neighbors come out and stare at you. Give up and go back in the house. You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

# Always repeat everything you say at least five times.

# Go to your local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child -- a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goats eat or destroy. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

# Hollow out a melon. Make a small hole in the side. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side. Now get a bowl of soggy Fruit Loops and attempt to spoon it into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane. Continue until half of the Fruit Loops are gone. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor. You are now ready to feed a 12-month-old baby.

# Learn the names of every character from "Barney and Friends," "Sesame Street" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." When you find yourself singing "I love you, you love me" at work, now!, you finally qualify as a parent. == == * I feel it my duty to point out that the previous answer sugar-coated the topic thoroughly. == == * I knew at age 40 -- hey, I finally know how life works. So why not pass on some of that knowledge. A year later my son was born. I felt ready when I knew I could carry any responsibility. == == * I don't think anyone is every truly prepared for the life changes, responsibilities and incredible joys that come from being a parent. But, some good questions to ask yourself are:

Is my home life stable enough to provide the emotional security this child will need? Do I feel comfortable with making tremendous sacrifices as far as my personal time requirements? Am I financially stable? (Please note, this does not mean "Are you wealthy?" as income levels have nothing to do with parenting) Do I have a support system in place? (Partner, friends, family, church, etc.) Is my partner in agreement with my decision to become a parent? (If you are emotionally involved with a partner) Do I realize that the decision to have a child will CHANGE MY LIFE FOREVER?!?!? Does my desire to have a child reflect my need to compensate for a void in my life? (If yes, WAIT...) Does my desire to have a child stem from a need to be loved? (If yes, WAIT...) Is this a reaction to friends and family members who may be having children at this time in my life? (IF yes, WAIT) Do I want a child because I think it will either save or improve my current relationship? (If yes, or even maybe...WAIT).

Our city has a facility that provides shelter and parenting classes for pregnant women who have nowhere else to go... if there is one in the city where you live, it might be a good idea to volunteer some of your time there to get some idea of what being pregnant is all about, and the challenges you will be facing. Visit or volunteer at a day-care center as well as that could shed some light on what the day-to-day care of an infant will involve. = = * I am in total support of the last answer given above. I contend that it is an inhumane act of criminality to bring a child into this world if you do not have the financial, emotional and physical ability to competently cater to the needs of the child. A person who decides to bring a child into this world should consider the social, physical and emotional conditions under which the child will be expected to exist. A person who is unfit to be a parent should not be permitted to bring a child into this world. Unfit persons can fall within the following categories: medically unfit, physically unfit, emotionally unfit, socially unfit and financially unfit. A child does not have the freedom to choose the most competent person for his/her parent, so those who have the privilege of choice, should do so wisely. * You are ready when you are prepared and comitted to providing a loving, stable, healthy home to the child. Being a good parent is an unselfish act. I have observed that most teenagers THINK they can provide all those things - HORSEFEATHERS! Teens are NOT ready to become parents. Well - maybe the exceptionally mature 18 or 19 year old who has graduated from school and is married to the other potential parent (if you aren't willing to make enough comitment to marry someone, you sure aren't comitted enough to be a parent). The comitment required to be a good parent bears a lot of resemblance to the vows a lot of people take when they get married - in sickness or in health (you make whatever sacrifices are necessary for the child's health including staying healthy yourself), for richer or for poorer (you make sure you provide for the child's needs - not their WANTS - their NEEDS, like food, shelter, love, education/training, clothing, social skills, etc.), till death do you part (once a parent, always a parent - you continue to look out for them as long as you live - although you do have to let them go out on their own when they are grown and ready to start their own life) * If you wait until you are ready to become a parent, it will never happen. Children do not come with a manual of how to do this or that. You follow your instinct that is inbred in all of us and ask friends and family members for input when you need assistance. Don't be afraid to call out for help, no one will know better than you what you need. Good Luck

Can hamsters eat banana skins?

Hamsters can eat banana peels. However keep it a small amount, to much could cause diarrhea. Also I would cut them into smaller pieces to prevent choking. You should never give any part of a banana to a dwarf hamster or carrots or corn either according to my exotic vet.

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.

What happens if you drop your dwarf hamster several times by accident?

take it to the vet... please...

Edit: My friend's hamster had babies, and she was holding one and it jumped out of her hand. It fell about 3 feet, and broke its back and died. I would be extremely cautious not to disturb your hamster, and do take it to a small animal vet.

How do you know if a snail is male or female?

You simply do not. There are no such thing as male and female snails.
All snails are hermaphrodites.

That means all snails have both male and female reproductive organs. They still need to mate with another snail in order to produce and lay eggs.

Some amateur gardener groups will try to say that snails with a brown-striped shell are girls whereas white stripes are boys. This is false - they are actually two completely different species. Therefore "snail breeders" breeding these two are creating a hybrid or mixed-species.

So the answer to your question is that you can not tell if a snail is male or female, because snails do not have male/female genders. They are all hermaphrodites.

Does Roborovski Hamster urine smell?

Yes, it does. Don't smell it, just clean it up with a tissue.

Can a hamster eat carrot leaves?

Yes but i would not over load him/her with them.

What does it mean when your hamster sleeps on its wheel instead of its bedding?

That is normal. It happened to my hamster too.
1. You can try getting a new wheel (but it didn't work for me).
2. You can use the bedding to rub any urine that gets in the wheel. With the dirty bedding just place it in a corner. Take out any bedding or materials that may be inside the wheel. Either throw away the contents or put it back in the cage. Repeat this process until the habit is broken.

Can you give a dwarf hamster dried fruit?

Yes, but be sure its skin can't be choked on if it has skin.

I take my Russian Dwarf hamster to our local Exotic Veterinarian and he says that you should never give sweets or fruits or anything with sugar to any dwarf hamster as they are VERY predisposed to getting diabetes. So fruit is a bad idea and make sure to read the ingredients listing on all treats purchased for dwarf hamsters also as most of them add sugar to the treats. He also said that carrots shouldn't be given either since they have a naturally high sugar content.

How can you know if a hamster is a male or female?

When you examine the lower belly of the hamster you should be able to identify two openings. The one closest to the tail is the anal opening, and the one higher up is the sexual opening. There will be a greater distance between the two holes if it is a male than there will be if it is a female. Different breeds are slightly different. If it is a male, you may also notice a scent gland higher up on the tummy than the openings, and sometimes even a scrotal bulge near the tail.


This works with almost all rodents, if you look under a male's tail you will see his testicles, which look like a little pink butt. A female does not have this. This only works on I adults. If it is a Syrian hamster don't touch them until they leave the nest or start exploring.

take it to a vet

You can tell if its a male or female by the way it wees. if its a male a stick thing called a penus comes out from it and if its a female it squats down and wee comes out of its virgina

check for balls. they will be large on the male

You will know trust me. Male hamsters have huge balls. I kid you not.

determine gender of your hamsters? Well, it's pretty easy to identify (as long as you know how) especially when they are sexually matured. (Easier to say I think because I did mixed up my hammys once).

Basically the male exhibits large, pronounced testicles and scrotal sack, and the anogenital distance is greater. The opposite is true for the female, as in most rodent species, where the anogenital distance is less than that if the male.

Hold tour hamster up and look at it's urine holes.if their closer together,your hamster is a female.If it is wider aprt then it is a male.

What do you do with baby hamsters if the mother ate some already?

You take care of the other babies by putting them in separate cages.

DON'T TOUCH THE BABIES UNTIL THEY HAVE HAIR. The mother probably ate some of the babies because:

1. She felt threatened.

2. She might have needed more protein.

Other reasons the mother may eat the babies is if the litter is too large for the mother to care for all the young or if the babies have already died on their own. Are you sure the mother actually killed them?

What is the hamsters natural diet?

friuts and berries and veggies you can buy a mix of these thing from your local store and you can get small wood sticks that they love to chew on

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.

What food do hamsters eat?

They can eat vegetables, but not too many or they will get diarrhea. One of their favorite things to eat are sunflower seeds. They can't get enough of them. They eat other seeds too.They also like frozen blueberries but you first have to run ONE under hot water until it softens a little. But take it out of the cage at the end of the day or it will start to mold.

Can hamsters eat apple?

Yes, but don't feed it too much, it might get sick. Also, cut it in small pieces so that your hamster won't choke.

Do hamsters eat papaya?

Yes, hamsters can eat dried or fresh papaya. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. However, since papaya is a tropical fruit, the hamster could get an upset stomach if you feed too much of it. Maybe one small piece every 2 days.

Can hamsters eat apples?

Hamsters can eat apples but without seeds. They can eat a lot of (but not all) fruits. However, they can't eat citric fruits. They can eat lettuce, carrots, celery, broccoli (uncooked), corn, etc. From my personal experience I have noticed that they especially like carrots, lettuce, corn, sunflower seeds, and broccoli. They usually eat uncooked foods, though.

If a hamster dies is it normal for another hamster to eat the corpse even though normal food is available?

It is definitely normal hamster practice to eat the corpse (before it decays), which is thought to be for waste disposal purposes and not to satisfy hunger.

A person who can read hamster thoughts may tell you that "Once a hamster dies, it IS normal for it's house-partner to eat it's corpse, as a way to show simpathy for the dead friend. If the baby hamsters are not strong enough, sometimes the mother will eat them, in order to keep them from dying a horrible death. Also, if the mother feels her young is in danger, she will eat them because she thinks that her young will be safer that way."