Do you know anything about the history of hamsters?
A: Hamsters were first discovered in Syria in 1839, but were not
domesticated until 1930 and have since been very popular pets in
Q: What is the life
span of a hamster?
A: When properly cared for, hamsters can live between 2-4 years.
Q: What do hamsters
prefer for bedding?
A: There are a few different types of wood shavings marketed for
hamsters, however not all of them are truly safe. Cedar shavings contain
oils which can be irritating to the hamster's skin and should not be
used. Instead, choose Aspen shavings for your furry friend.
Q: Can I brush or
comb my hamster's hair?
A: A small slicker brush can be used, but keep in mind that their skin
is delicate and needs to be handled gently.
Q: Should I keep my
hamster's nails trimmed?
A: It is only neccesary to trim their nails if they are showing signs of
growing out or curling under.
Q: What's the best
way to administer medicine to a hamster?
A: It is very important that when giving medication that all of it is
consumed. Be sure to give it on a treat that can be eaten from the hand
or dissolve a pill in a small amount of drinking water.
Q: Will my hamster
A: Although hamsters do hibernate off and on during the winter in the
wild, they will not do this in captivity when kept in a warmer climate.
Q: What if my
hamster gets fleas?
A: Any fur bearing animal can get fleas, so care needs to be taken that
yours not be introduced to them. However, if you see fleas, you should
lightly dust them with a kitten flea powder or use a hamster flea spray.
Q: Can I train my
A: Hamsters are not usually trainable, however, if enough time is taken,
it may be possible.
Q: Do you have any
advice on locating escaped hamsters?
A: Hamsters are very smart little guys and quite a few have been known
to be escape artists. The best thing to do is open his cage and place it
on the floor. They can easily find their way back by sense of smell.
Also, try looking for him around possible food sources, such as dog or
cat food if you have other pets. Keep an eye out for his droppings to
show you where he's been. It is very likely you will find him perfectly
healthy stashed away in a quiet little space.
Q: My hamsters chew
on their wire cage bars? Will this affect the alignment of their teeth?
A: Hamsters have a natural desire to chew and this is because their
teeth never stop growing - kind of like fingernails. It is not hurting
them to chew on the bars of the cage, however it probably means that
they are not being given enough things to chew on. Try giving them
different types of wood blocks made for small animals such as niblet
munchies and bunny bites. This is flavored wood and most hamsters love
it. You can also give them empty toilet paper rolls to keep them busy.
To discourage them from chewing on the cage, you could try using some
bitter apple furniture cream on the bars.
Q: What toys do
A: Anything to hide in, climb on or explore is a wonderful treat. Keep
in mind that they love to chew and should not be given anything that
could harm them if ingested.
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