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My hamster ate a bit of chocolate ice cream

Long to short: one drop of chocolate ice cream is not enough to harm your hamster. The dangerous thing in chocolate is called "theobromine" (look at this question for more detail: Does ...
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Is it safe to take a small (such as a Robo or Chinese) hamster in airplane, or can they "explode"?

Airplanes maintain air pressure in both the passenger cabin and the cargo hold. The reason for the passenger cabin is obviously health and safety of the passengers, but in the cargo hold it is for ...
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How can I stop my hamster biting the bars of her cage?

You indicate in your comments that your hamster does not have any hay, but it does have an 'absolutely massive rotastak system'. Hamsters are much like rabbits in that their teeth grow constantly. ...
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Hostile hamster - Biting hands whilst holding

I wouldn't say the possibility of bond is gone. I hate to say this, because I want to be as positive as possible, but when I worked at a pet store there were 2 things we for sure ALWAYS recommended ...
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Why is my hamster awake all night?

Hamsters are nocturnal (or crepuscular, according to the linked source). That is why it is awake at night, and therefore there is not much you can do about its activity. When I was a child, I had a ...
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Hamster - Skin Infection

If anyone is interested in an answer here. Took the little guy to the vet and it turns out that this was a is bit gunk inside the umbilical cord cavity which can happen from time to time. The vet ...
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Can a hamster be allergic to cats?

I suppose it's possible that there's an allergy at play here but I'd be looking for a more likely cause first. Has the cat been checked/treated for fleas? Fleas, mites or ticks can transfer from cats ...
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Is Cotton Wool an acceptable substitute for Hamster bedding?

Cotton Wool Dangers There are some dangers to cotton wool such as: Ingestion - Intestinal blockage Limbs can get tangeled Hamsters LOVE to burrow so having a substrate where they can dig and hide ...
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Is my hamster tank large enough?

NO It is not much known from the wildlife of this kind of hamster. They are called winter white, because this kind has the whole year the color of the wild animals winter fur. In the wild there were ...
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Where should I release a pet hamster to maximize its chance of survival?

Do not release the hamster. You should never release pets into the wild. There are multiple reasons why you should not. The pet is unlikely to survive without humans. Domesticated animals are ...
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Best pet for a blind person

Of the options you listed cat seems to be the obvious answer, they are reasonably independent and quite a lot of them will enjoy a good cuddle. I don't want to be rude or insensitive as I don't know ...
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How much space does a hamster need in its cage?

Cages do need to be rather large. Buying typical pet store cages is generally a bad idea. Most of them (at least at my pet store) are far too small and even unsafe for our hamsters. Many pet ...
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Is Cotton Wool an acceptable substitute for Hamster bedding?

Ok, I checked my best source for small animal Keeping (German site: Die Brain) What they advise is: Hay Straw Toilet paper (Shredded) paper (Make sure it has no chemicals on it, the more natural, the ...
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Can a hamster run around a room instead of having a wheel?

No, if a hamster has sufficient space, they do not need a wheel. A wheel is just a way to work around not having enough space to exercise. I'm sure a hamster would love having a that much space to run ...
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Is it safe to take a small (such as a Robo or Chinese) hamster in airplane, or can they "explode"?

Explosion is obviously an urban legend. I never heard of such a thing before. But Roborovski hamsters are adapted to similar pressures as humans and other mammals so there is no reason to assume that ...
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When and for how long can my hamster safely play in a hamster ball?

I can't answer every question, but I can tell you that in order to play in the ball the ball has to be at least six inches in diameter for dwarf hamsters and at least eight inches for Syrians to help ...
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How can I stop my hamster biting the bars of her cage?

I have had this issue too, and as my hamster is in my room it is stressful at night. But I found out that if you simply collect cardboard toilet tubes, etc. and give them to him, he may stop. But if ...
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How big does my robo hamster cage have to be?

I am going by the numbers German pet-experts give; those are numbers for "this hamster will be really really happy", not "the hamster can manage with this", and are way above what the average store ...
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Couple of same-sex Djungarian hamsters?

Hamsters are solitary animals and should never be housed together - they will kill and eat one another. Babies can be housed together temporarily but should be separated when they hit sexual maturity ...
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Plants suitable/safe for a hamster?

I do know very little about hamsters but i know dandelions and cat grass/wheat grass is safe for hamsters. I found this information on the net http://www.petwebsite.com/hamsters/...
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Will my hamster take damage if I film him with an active IR camera?

Hamsters cannot see this wavelenghth of infrared radiation. The vision of hamsters is shifted more to the ultraviolet part of the light spectrum. This means they see best in the blue to green light ...
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How to make homemade hamster food?

In nature hamsters have a variety of food to choose from. They eat almost anything that they could get: seeds, grains, herbs, fruits, vegetables, insects and also small mammals. But the winter season ...
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Is there anything more that I can do to make my dwarf hamsters more comfortable and happy?

The best advice I can give you is to build layers into the cage / tank to increase the effective area the hamsters can use to roam. For their body size, hamsters have an instinct to run incredible ...
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Is my hamster's (fancy dwarf) cage too small?

Unfortunately, this is cage is not suitable for any breed of hamster. Hamsters of all breeds need a minimum of 450 square inches (2900 cm2) of continuous floor space. A good choice of cage is a 40 ...
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How do I prevent my Robo Dwarf Hamster from biting during handling?

Here are notes from the petsmart website "Lifting & Handling: Handle your dwarf hamster gently -- scoop her up in both hands and hold her with cupped hands so she'll feel safe and secure." I ...
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How do I prevent my Robo Dwarf Hamster from biting during handling?

Well, dwarf hamsters can be quite nippy, I'm sorry he's nibbling on you. Hamsters have a pretty good sense of smell. I would recommend washing and rinsing your hands thoroughly before handling. They ...
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Can a hamster be litter box trained?

Litter training a hamster is possible, though often hit or miss as they are not the most intelligent creatures on the tree of life. Some are receptive to training, others not. You should notice that ...
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When and for how long can my hamster safely play in a hamster ball?

Do NOT give him a Hamster ball. The Hamster cannot really control the ball, because any ball that has a size the Hamster could properly walk in (without a permanently bent spine) automatically is way ...
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Is it possible and/or cruel to encourage a hamster to be more awake during the evening?

Actually hamsters are crepuscular which means they are more active in the morning and evening. Tending to nap during the day and at night. I can't speak specifically to hamsters, but we have ...
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Best pet for a blind person

If you do get a cat, some of your requirements point to different age recommendations, so you should figure out what in your list is a higher priority. If low maintenance/cuddling is your top ...
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