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Q: 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 America.

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 hibernate?
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 hamster?
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 hamsters prefer?
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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