Hello I have asked in small pet forum this question,seems as though not many visit there-so I will ask for advice here also. My daughter wants a hamster. How do you choose one? Should she handle it (would she be aloud) before purchase? Shouldn't it be a baby? Any other advice? Whats the best type cage to prevent escape?(I have a cat) Thanks
I personally have never had a hamster, but I did have a pet rat. If I did get a hamster, I'd definitely want to get one as young as possible. We got our rat when it was about 3-4 weeks old, so it was still pretty small but it was also easily trained, and it gave us plenty of time to get it usedt o being handled. She loved being picked up and loved on, and was actually like a tiny dog. She would come when called and do tricks.
I personally would not buy a hamster if I could not handle it ahead of time. I also wouldnt' buy an adult hamster either though, because small animals like that have such short lifespans, how would you know if you had a hamster that was 3 years old and probably wouldnt' even live another year, or one that's just reached maturity and has another 3-4 years of life left in it?
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Ok, I know hamsters are cute, little fluffy things. I too had a hamster when I was younger,but they smell and dont do anything? Now im an adult with kids of my own and I refused to let my kids have any little rodents, BUT, somehow I got talked into a rat. Yes, I have a rat in my house....no, actually I have 2 rats in my house because I loved the first one so much I went and got another! They are so much more than a hamster. They are playful, cuddly, smart, clean, they are just so fun all around! They never bite and dont try to get out and run away, they are very dedicated little pets. they are trainable and ours even walks on a leash. I say forget the hamster, get a rat!! lol This is coming from a mother who freaks at the site of a mouse :D
Oh, as for cages, a fish aquarium is best because shaving cant get every where and get your husband to build a secure lid for it that can be latched so the cat cant get into it.....our cat mauled our very first rat....poor thing!
I had hamsters as a kid, they were awful pets. They would bite, chew up everything including their water bottle. As I got older, I happened to see a mouse in a pet store that looked horrible, and couldn't leave her there. To make a long story short, I bought her and couldn't have had a better pet. She was loving, fun to play with, never once tried to bite. Just a great pet. I have friends who have rats, and I will hopefully get one shortly, although and unexpected Chinchilla feel into my lap this week, so I dont know. I would never recommend anyone getting a hamster, they really are not great pets. and most do bite.
I've had a few hampsters and rabbits in my life. They are all so sweet except one that my friend had. It was a russian shorthair. I think that is what they call them. It's just the breed apparently. So if you decide to get a hampster, don't get that kind.
Umm... about the rats, I wouldn't get those. They can be very dirty. That's from my personal view. Rabbits are great! They last very long but they can also get very big if you feed them a lot and you might want to get a dwarf.
golden syrian hamsters are the gentlest and live the longest if treated properly but they are hard to find black bear are a more recent strain of the golden but their life span is only 11/2-2 years for the most part but they are very gentle-the long hair angoras are a bit nastier nervous strain but with proper training and handling can be nice too. all hamsters (as in anything from the rodent family) need to havethings like wood sticks specifically made for them and dry dog biscuits especially puppy chow is great for grinding down their teeth) -If they have nothing to grind them down you will risk their life the teeth(gross as this may sound) will keep growing and can grow straight up into there brain preventing them from eating and will kill them. but with a couple of very inexpensive items from the pet store that is not a problem. Never Never put kleenex or color print paper in their living area the kleexex gets stuck in their pouches and causes alot of problems and the dyes can be very toxic for a hamster.
one thing I forgot about the caging-I find that a 20 gal aquarim works best with a screen lid. I never cared for the so called hobbit trails (the plastic put together type-not good too hard to keep cclean-can harbor bacteria not enough air circulation. keep a heavey book on the screen be sure not to cover the top much the air has to circulate in their -do not use a regular aquarium top.screen top only you can buy the green pine chips and fluff bedding (looks a bit like a huge spitball. Me I use a little of both-alot of hamsters are allergic to cedar chips -so I use that in pee corners only with a layer of pine over it I also provided strips of shredded black n white print newspaper only. a kleenex box with an exit and entrance cut out can use 1 box for about a month, then easily make a new one The larger boxes the hamsters like to sit up in them too. make sure you have chew sticks a running wheel for inside their aqauriem a tube or two a water bottle(be carefull its not leaking -if they get wet they will quickly catch pneumonia and die. a non tip bowl if you wish some seed mix and basic food or meat dog bisquets altho they are basically vegetarians they still need protein(in the wild they eat bugs too) read up on safe and not safe veggies they like.