Questions tagged [hamsters]

A small, furry rodent kept as a pet; this tag works for the hamster and variants including the dwarf hamster.

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Where should I release a pet hamster to maximize its chance of survival?

I bought a djungarian hamster as a gift for a relative's daughter, but now she says she doesn't want to keep it, because it's very aggressive and always bites. She's had a few hamsters before and says ...
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How can I encourage a Winter White dwarf hamster to change color?

I was told that the Winter White dwarf hamster changes color based on the season. i.e. brown/dark grey in the summer and white/light grey in the winter. Firstly, what causes the hamster to notice the ...
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Dwarf Hamster bites into anything to find food

I got a djungarian dwarf hamster roughly 4 weeks ago. She is roughly 12 weeks old now. She doesn't seem scared at all, and comes out of her house to check me out when I open the cage up. However, she ...
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Is there anything more that I can do to make my dwarf hamsters more comfortable and happy?

I have three Russian dwarf hamsters that are almost 41/2 weeks old now. My sister purchased two hamsters that she thought were both females, but she realized they were not once she unexpectedly ...
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How to pick up Syrian Hamster

Does anyone have any tips on how I can start handling my Syrian hamster? I have had him for a couple of weeks now and have stroked him while feeding him, but I am finding it difficult to pick him up. ...
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My new hamster is inactive

My aunt got a new dwarf hamster for my cousin for Christmas. I have been keeping watch until Christmas morning and then I will surprise my cousin. I have put the hamster in its new enclosure, which is ...
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How can I stop my hamster biting the bars on her cage? [duplicate]

My hamster is about 5 months old and she won’t stop biting the bars at the opening of her cage. She’s now got a little red mark on one side of her face because of it. Her cage is huge and she has ...
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Is my hamster tank large enough?

The hamster tank I bought is 96 x 47 x 38 cm (L x W x H) and I’m looking to get three winter white dwarf hamsters. Would this be spacious enough for three or two?
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Can a hamster run around a room instead of having a wheel?

A hamster needs to run to stay healthy and happy. I am wondering, if a hamster was given a large enclosure (like the size of a room that is 300-400 square feet / 28-37 square meters), would the ...
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How to encourage a hamster to chew more?

I have had a few hamsters over the years, but the hamster that I have now seems to not chew on its chew toys. I know that hamsters need to chew on things to prevent their teeth from growing too long ...
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Hamster hair loss

For months now, our dwarf hamster is slowly losing hair at the back, between the shoulders. We can see that the hamster scratches itself often at this spot where the hair gets lost. The hamster is ~7 ...
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Why does my hamster freeze?

I've had several hamsters and was wondering why they do a certain behavior. Sometimes my hamster will suddenly stop whatever it is doing and stay completely still until I move around or say something. ...
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How to make homemade hamster food?

I have heard that many types of hamster food sold in pet stores are either not healthy/safe for hamsters or don't provide the proper diet for hamsters. I am interested in making a homemade food mix ...
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Difference between small hamsters and larger hamsters?

After having several hamsters over the years, I've noticed that larger hamsters tend to be calmer while the smaller ones seem to be far more energetic and oftentimes more afraid of people. Why are ...
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Is this a safe size for a dwarf hamster cage?

My new dwarf hamster Basil was gifted to me the other day, and she already is constantly chewing on the plastic tubing in her cage. I'd prefer (safety and aesthetically) to get her a glass aquarium ...
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My hamster won’t stop biting the cage

My Syrian hamster is about 1 and a half years old and still doesn’t stop chewing the cage, no matter what. I’ve given her chew stick, toys, hay toys and I’ve sprayed the cage she bites with hamster ...
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Is this cage too small?

Too small? It has 2 sections, an upper level, and a second floor. It has 2 wooded houses, a stick of chewable things, and food stick, wooded logs, a second food bowl, a wheel, and only has tubes for ...
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My hamster ate a bit of chocolate ice cream

I have a pet hamster. I had previously stepped on some chocolate ice cream. As I was letting my hamster run around my room, she stopped and licked the spot of chocolate ice cream on my sock. Just one ...
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Why does my hamster bite me during the night?

My hamster Luigi lives free in my room, his cage is open and he can go in there whenever he wants. I bought him 5 months ago and he never had aggressive behaviors until now. In fact, in the past few ...
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Will my hamster take damage if I film him with an active IR camera?

I'm currently using my Raspberry Pi combined with a NoIR camera module as a camera to livestream my hamster's home to my mobile phone. Now, the IR-camera itself does not output any good pictures at ...
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Changing Hamster Food

I recently hit the bottom of my bag of hamster food and ran to the store to get another bag. After searching the shelves I learned that they may not carry the kind I previously used, and because I had ...
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One Hamster Needed Cage Size [duplicate]

I am looking to get a hamster, but don't know how big an aquarium has to be for one dwarf hamster. Help!
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Plants suitable/safe for a hamster?

I am trying to create a 'natural' looking hamster cage. I want to create as much enrichment as I can by using rocks, moss, wood, leaves, sand, dirt and other elements that would be natural to a (dwarf)...
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How to cool a dwarf hamster in hot weather

Our Djungarian hamster is apparently getting hot when temperatures reach about 25 °C. She then sleeps outside her house, in a corner of her terrarium, leaning on the glass and looking annoyed. She ...
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Can I use any type of wood shaving for my hamster

I recently bought a hamster and I've been reading on different types of hamsters bedding to use on it's cage. Currently I'm using self made paper bedding (made out of toilet paper) but it's quite ...
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Is Cotton Wool an acceptable substitute for Hamster bedding?

I've got two Roborovski Hamsters which both have good sized cages. I like to try and change their bedding frequently which obviously increases the cost of the bedding. It seems there are two types of ...
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how do i know if my cage is to small (syrian) [duplicate]

i have a syrian hamster who looks to be 3-5 inchs. can you tell me what you think by looking at the picture below.
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Why did our Djungarian hamster stop using her house?

Our Djungarian hamster has had a big, wooden house (under the wheel) where she used to happily live since we got her a few months ago. But recently she stopped using it for sleeping. Instead she just ...
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What's the hearing range of Djungarian hamsters?

The closest I could find was the hearing range of mice, which is is 1-70 kHz. I'm curious for 2 reasons: To avoid possible sources of ultrasound that might startle the pet. To try recording their ...
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How high can an unprotected second level be in a hamster cage?

I have read that hamsters must be protected from injury due to accidental falls. I am starting to make DIY hamster toys out of cardboard, wood and Popsicle sticks. I know that my hamster can ...
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Best pet for a blind person

I'd like to know what would be the best pet for me as a blind person. I don't like dogs at all due to something bad that happened to me and my annoyance with puppies. However, I'm considering either ...
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How big does my robo hamster cage have to be?

So I bought a cage on amazon for around $70 and you can see the specs in the image so anyway, it was pretty expensive and if its too small i dont think i want to give it up. If you think its too ...
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Can a hamster be allergic to cats?

I live in an apartment with my Roborovski hamster, and my roommate has a cat. Occasionally the cat will get into my room and get close to him, and shortly after, I will notice him scratching himself a ...
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Hostile hamster - Biting hands whilst holding

I recently got a Syrian hamster at the age of seven weeks. Now, at the age of three months, he is not curiously nibbling me, but actually biting until I am bleeding (three times already). What am I ...
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How big should my hamster cage be? [duplicate]

I would like to get two hamsters and I would like to know how big the cage needs to be so they have plenty of space to eat,sleep,and play.
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Couple of same-sex Djungarian hamsters?

We want to avoid keeping a couple of Djungarian hamsters to prevent breeding. Is it more natural for the animals to keep just one solitary hamster, or two of the same sex? And if two, males or females?...
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Is my hamster's (fancy dwarf) cage too small?

It's not trying to escape or anything, but I'm just wondering if the cage is too small. Please look at picture provided.
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How do I prevent my Robo Dwarf Hamster from biting during handling?

I purchased a Roborovski hamster on the 19th. I let him roam his cage and get comfortable for the first four days before attempting to handle him. As an aside, his current housing is too small and I ...
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Hamster excessively washing her front paws

My Syrian black bear hamster has lately been washing her front paws and face a lot. Is this because she is nervous?
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Hamster refuses to climb back up pipe

My Hamster that I got yesterday went down a curvy tube into another part of her cage (a separate container) and acted like she wanted out, but when she climbed back up the tube she got to a point and ...
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Hamster cage's tunnels seem to be too small

I'm looking at different cages for our hamster (can't remember what kind she is - she's just average size) but the tubes/tunnels that come with them seem really narrow for our hamster. Can they fit ...
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Why do hamster bit the bars of the cage [duplicate]

Hey can someone pls help me iv had my hamster for about a month Friday and she is still getting use to us but there is one think I can't stand is her biting her cage iv give her everything she has her ...
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Is it possible and/or cruel to encourage a hamster to be more awake during the evening?

We were considering a small pet for our family when, out of the blue, someone offered us a 6-month old Syrian hamster. The owner felt that their children weren't paying the pet enough attention, and ...
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Please help me my sirian hamster won't stop chewing the bars [duplicate]

I really need some help here guys. I have tried a spray, giving him chew toys and everything recommended online. I need to know what really works
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Hamster - Skin Infection

I have a white dwarf hamster about 6 months old. Now I am pedantic about diet, it's environment and I check him daily. Water replaced regularly, bedding regularly. Overall he gets the same treatment I ...
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Not bathing a female hamster for 2 months

My hamster just gave birth 3 weeks ago, and today it gives birth again. I heard that they can't bath using bathing sand for 28 days since. My concern is, I've read through some articles and their ...
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Should I get a larger cage for my two dwarf hamsters? How large?

I have two Russian female dwarf hamsters and they share a 25 x 30 x 50cm wired cage from pets at home which was highly recommended for two dwarfs. It seemed cramped with all the chews and toys, so I ...
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Which type of hamster besides syrians are the least bitey?

I want to get some sort of small hamster (winter white, campbell's dwarf, robo, etc.) but I would like to know which kind is the least likely to be all nippy and such. I am not exactly sure which to ...
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Is it safe to take a small (such as a Robo or Chinese) hamster in airplane, or can they "explode"?

I am planning to fly from USA to Hong Kong and wanted to take my small Chinese hamster with me. My understanding is that a hamster would probably have to ride in the cargo hold with other animals (...
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Why is my hamster awake all night?

My hamster runs on her wheel all night long keeping me awake! What can I do to stop the noise so I can get some sleep?