Care of the Syrian hamster

Before going out to buy your new pet hamster take a little time to think if you are you ready to take on the responsibility of owning a pet hamster; Hamsters are very easy to care for and their needs are very few, the long term commitments of taking care of your pet over its average life span is about 18 months to 2 years, maybe longer.
A hamster is not a toy that you can put away until you need him again. Your hamster will need regular feeding, watering, bedding, cage cleaning, and a good deal of your attention to keep him active and tame.
The more attention you are prepared to give the more affectionate and tame he will become.
Never leave him languishing in his cage for days or weeks at a time with no interaction or attention from you. This is one of the reasons a lot of people are bitten by hamsters. They acquire a hamster play with it for the first few weeks until the novelty of the new pet wears off. Then he is left to look after himself. Maybe just fill his food bowl now and again and fill his bottle every so often.
Weeks later it’s time to come out and play again and you wonder why he doesn't want to, or will nip when you try to pick him up. If you leave a hamster to fend for its self, I assure you he’s going to. The less a hamster is handled the less it will want to be. The life span of a hamster is 18 months to 2 years or more.
All the information you need about caring, feeding, taming and handling your hamster, will be found throughout this site.



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