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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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How much space does a hamster need in its cage?

How much space does a hamster need in its cage? My friend's always tries to get out, and I think he might be a bit cramped.
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When and for how long can my hamster safely play in a hamster ball?

I know there is a special ball for hamsters, which they get in start to moving in; it's called a Hamster Ball. I want to buy one for my hamster, but I have two questions: At what age can a hamster ...
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Does chocolate hurt hamsters?

I know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but is it bad for hamsters too? I would like an answer from a credible source.
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Can a hamster and a tortoise/land turtle coexist peacefully?

We're interested in keeping a hamster in the house, and I know my wife is fond of small reptiles. Is it possible to keep a tortoise and a hamster in the same enclosure? I'm thinking this is ...
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How can I stop my hamster biting the bars of her cage?

My hamster absolutely loves to bite the metal bars in her Rotastak enclosure. I know that this is to wear her teeth down but it's so annoying. How can I stop her from doing it? I have already tried ...
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Should I bathe my hamster?

While reading the Hamsterific hamster FAQ, I read about never giving hamsters a bath. That's a naughty word in the hamster world; hamsters don't like water sports. Nature has provided hamsters with ...
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Light Spectrum Visible to Hamsters

I'd like to build an infrared tachometer for my hamster's wheel, but I don't want to distract him with a light source. Therefore I want to choose the wavelength of the LED for my hamster not to see it....
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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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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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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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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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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 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 - 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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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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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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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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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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Is my hamster's cage too small? (fancy dwarf)

It's not trying to escape or anything, but im just wondering if the cage is too small. please look at picture provided.
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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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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?
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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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Can a hamster be litter box trained?

I know that it is not just dogs and cats that can be litter box trained. Some other pets like rabbits are pretty easy to train so can you litter box train a hamster? If so how?
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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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Will my hamster take damage if I film him with an IR camera?

I'm currently using my Raspberry Pi combined with a No-IR 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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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 also ...
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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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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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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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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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Hamster excessively washing her hands

My Syrian black bear hamster has lately been washing her hands and face a lot. Is this because she is nervous?
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Tube seems really small

I'm looking at different cages for our hamster (can't remember what kind she is...she's just avg size) but the tubes/tunnels that come with them seem really narrow for our hamster. Can they fit thru ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...