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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to enjoy keeping a hamster as a pet

Was reading Wikipedia about his specific hamster subspecies, and according to them: Roborovski hamsters have become increasingly popular as pets in recent years, however, they are best suited to life ...
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How high can an unprotected second level be in a hamster cage?

With the standard hamster cages out there I wouldn't worry too much about your little guy falling to his death, mainly since those cages aren't built very big and generally has a good amount of ...
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Best pet for a blind person

I am completely blind and I have to say cats are very easy to take care of. If you get a good quality litter, you just have to scoop out the clumps every day which are very easy to feel and hear on ...
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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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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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Is this cage too small?

Short Answer: Yes, but it's better than others I have seen! Long Answer: Unfortunately pet shops have assured us that keeping hamsters in small cages is perfectly fine and that they like living in ...
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Can a hamster run around a room instead of having a wheel?

Not advisable unless you make certain modifications Hamster proofing an enclosure of this size is quite hard. Hamster can climb to beds, sofas, heavy curtains and any wooden furniture with 3-4 cm ...
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Hamster cage's tunnels seem to be too small

I don't really know that much about hamsters, but based on just looking at them a few times, I know that hamsters tend to skrunch up normally, which makes them look fatter, but in reality they can ...
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Not bathing a female hamster for 2 months

My sister's hamster has never been given a sand bath, as we didn't realise that it was a thing and it lived for 3 years. So I don't think that 2 months will be the end of the world. But if you think ...
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Hamster excessively washing her front paws

No, she just wants to be clean :) Nervous or scared hamsters will run away, hide, poop themselves, bat your hands or turn on their backs and scream at you if you try to touch them.
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Hamster refuses to climb back up pipe

Give your hamster a few days to settle in. Hamsters can behave oddly on their first few days in a new place, it is new and scary for them. Make sure your cage is large enough for your hamster. They ...
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How to cool a dwarf hamster in hot weather

The easiest way to cool a hot hamster is a cold water bottle inside a sock. Just cool it down to 4-6 degrees Celsius and put it in the cage. If he needs to cool down, he will lie by its side. If you ...
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