For Your New Pet Hamster

For Your New Pet Hamster

For Your New Pet Hamster

The hamster kept as pet most often is the Golden Hamster, also called Syrian Hamster. So-called Teddybear or Black Bear hamsters are also breeds of golden hamsters.

But also four species of smaller hamsters are popular pets, often called dwarf hamsters. These are Roborovski hamster, (Phodopus roborovskii) often called Roborovski, the chinese striped hamster (Cricetulus griseus) and the two subspecies of Phodopus sungorus, the winter white russian dwarf hamster (Phodopus sungorus sungorus) and Campbell's dwarf hamster (Phodopus sungorus campellii).

The care of the dwarf hamsters is similar to that of the golden hamster, but there are differences in feeding and housing needs and temperament. Winter whites and Campell's are fairly popular, in the US the campells more so than the whinter whites, while it's other way round in Europe.

Roborovski and Chinese striped Hamsters are somewhat more difficult to breed and keep, they are usually only available from breeders, and therefore limited to serious rodentia fans.

Roborovski are especially not suitable for children. Hamsters are nocturnal by nature, making them less than ideal as pets for people who are normally awake during the day.

However, many people prefer them to rats, given rats' unsavory reputation (undeserved as pets). Unlike rats, they are not particularly good at learning tricks but can be entertaining to watch. They are also much smaller than guinea pigs, although equally as furry and appealing, so are more appropriate for homes with limited space.

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Caring for your New Pet Hamster

Contents include:

  • Considering a Hamster as a Pet
  • Housing for your Hamster
  • Hamsters and Knawing (biting)
  • Exercise for your hamster
  • Feeding your hamster
  • The Life of your hamster
  • More information on Hamsters
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Course Intro Video


  1. Lesson 1: Housing For Your New Hamster

    Hamsters can be kept both in cages and in terrariums, both of which are available in any local area pet stores. Cages are easier to carry, their bars can be used for climbing, and they usually include a convenient front door.
  2. Lesson 2: Hamsters And Gnawing Tendencies

    Despite their cuddly appearance, hamsters have long, thin, sharp teeth that can pierce a finger that is mistaken for a carrot or for a predator.
  3. Lesson 3: Feeding Your Hamster

    Pet stores can provide basic food for hamsters that provide their nutritional needs, but they also enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits, bird seed, and even living insects, which make up an important part of their natural diet.
  4. Lesson 4: The Life Of Your Hamster

    Hamsters typically live no more than two to four years in captivity, less than that in the wild.
  5. Lesson 5: Finding More Information On Hamsters

    This list is by no means a comprehensive list, but it does offer you a few free places to begin learning more about hamsters in general.

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