How long do hamster's live? Max 3 years How do I tell? You should get one that looks playful If anyone is selling one for cheap send me a message. You can usually get them in pet stores for $10 or so..Even though the conditions in a pet store arent great sometimes..
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Lots of humane societies have small pets like hamsters, mice, and rats for adoption. Even if they don't have what you want right now, they might be able to provide you the information you need. Hamsters can grow to be unfriendly if they aren't handled enough.
You need to pick a hamster that isn't laying around doing nothing but doesn't look too active and make sure the hamster doesn't look sick. Be sure the hamster is at least a few months old. A hamster that is a few weeks old with out a mom dies sooner. Take my advice I had 2 twin hamsters and they died becouse they were away from their mom but its not my fault becouse I didn't know and the person at the pet sore was giving them out for free!!
I work at a pet store and I am around hamsters often. You can always tell when one is going to be tame or "a biter" as I call it. Personally, when you buy a hamster, most of them have got to be tamed (petting it - getting it used to you), however there are some that already have a good disposition. I have to give them meds often (to the sick ones we keep in the back) and I usually initially, will stick my hand in the top of the cage to see how they react to me. You can do the same at a pet store or wherever you end up getting a hamster. Here is what I've noticed:(Make sure they are awake - not sleeping. Most hamsters are grumpy if you wake them up. You can tell if they are really awake by their ears - if they are fully erect and not shriveled close to their head), if you stick your hand in (close to them where they know your there)and their first reaction is they put their front paws close to their mouth and they put their ears more out (left and right- horizontally) rather than at the top of their head, this is often a sign on one that will likely bite to defend itself. Also, they can open their mouth a bit and show their teeth. If they let you at least pet their back with one finger, even if they won't let you pick them up without a struggle, this is a great potential hamster that when fully tamed, you can play with often. Then there are I'd say about 5-10% of them that are naturally already sweethearts. I've lucked out with my own. He has never bit me and lets me kiss him right on the mouth (though I know some people may find that gross). My point is, these are some factors in choosing a hamster. A lot of people tell me they can't even pick their's up because they bite and I grew up with several hamsters like that. But take your time when choosing, try to hold or at least pet one and go from there. Once you have found the right one, they make great companions for up to 3 years.
If it is a Golden panda or any large breed, it will live about three years healthy if it is a dwarf, it will live about five years. When you hold it, check that it is not just lying there, that it is lively, has bright eyes, clean nose and butt, soft shiny fur, and clean ears. Also check that the rest of the hamsters in the cage, the mom and dad, (if they can tell you) and alll the other hamsters being sold are healthy.