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Info. on Hamster care

What breed of hamster should I buy?

Syrian Hamsters

  • Syrian hamsters are solitary creatures and although they will live together quite happily as babies, once they start to mature their solitary instinct will develop.
  • Syrian hamsters therefore will be unhappy in the company of another hamster once they reach about 6-10 weeks of age.  They will start to fight if you put them in the same cage.
  • Although the fights might not be too serious at first,  as the hamster matures they will increase in severity and frequency.
  • As hamsters are mostly active at night, this is when they tend to fight and will not be noticed by the owner until the following day when serious injuries or even death may have occured.
  • So if you decide to purchase Syrian hamsters, it is imperative that they should be housed separately to prevent this happening.

Dwarf Hamsters

  • Dwarf hamsters are also sociable creatures and they will usually live happily either in pairs or groups.  They enjoy the company of either mixed or single sexes of their own kind.
  • You shouldn't house different species of dwarf hamsters together as they have very different temperaments and characters and this is unnatural as they would not normally meet in the wild.  This could cause them stress.
  • As an older hamster would not readily a new companion if it is used to living alone, it is best to introduce hasters at a young age.
  • When buying two or more dwarf hamsters to live together you do not need to get hamsters from the same litter but they mix better if they are roughly the same age and size (and sex if you don't intend to breed them)  It is better to mix hamsters that are used to living in a group community when you buy them.
  • Even when young hamsters are introduced or hamsters that have been living together moved to a new environment they may have the odd spat or chase each other at first but this very often sounds worse than it really is and is the hamsters' way of deciding who will be boss in their new environment.
  • It 's best to watch but not interfere during these little spats as this enables the hamsters to establish the hierarchy between them.  However, if  there are long periods of physical fighting or injury they may need to be housed separately.
  • Sometimes a very dominant hamster might not accept living with another hamster but this is quite rare.

Cages & Equipment

  • There are various items of equipment that you should consider purchasing for your hamster.
  • Buy the essential items of equipment you will need such as a hamster cage, floor covering, nesting material, water bottle and food before getting your hamster, so that these are ready for your hamster's arrival.
  • There are also other optional items that can be purchased that will help to keep your hamster amused and keep it happy.
  • Check out our range of Hamster Cages on our web site

Food and Water

  • The hamster should be fed a basic hamster mix each evening as it wakes and can also be fed additional supplements.
  • If the hamster wakes very late it can be encouraged to wake earlier by feeding earlier in the evening and tapping on the side of the cage to wake the hamster.
  • After a few days the hamster will learn when it is feeding time.
  • Fresh water should always be available from a position the hamster can reach comfortably.
  • Pet Shops also sell vitamin drops which can be added to water and are beneficial to the hamster. The hamster should never be without access to water.


  • Hamsters do not need grooming, with the exception of Long Haired male Syrian Hamsters that may need the oc casional brush to remove shavings from their coat and this is best done using a soft toothbrush.
  • Hamsters do not require bathing as they clean themselves and to bath a hamster removes the natural oils from the coat and there is a risk the hamster will catch a chill.
  • Hamsters do appreciate having a dish of sand to roll in though and this helps to remove the greasiness from the coat - in the wild they live in deserts so this is natural for them.

Cage Cleaning

  • The hamster cage should be cleaned weekly by removing the hamster from the cage and throwing away all old woodshavings and food.
  • Any fresh food that may have been stored by the hamster should be removed after a couple of days to avoid it rotting.
  • The hamster will appreciate it if some of its old bedding is placed in the clean cage along with some fresh bedding.

Health Checks

  • When cleaning the cage it is recommended that the hamster be checked over for any signs of illness.
  • This is an ideal time to check that the droppings in the cage look normal: soft droppings could indicate diarrhoea, lack of droppings could indicate constipation.

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