In short, no. Tortoises and hamsters have different needs for their habitats.
While some hamsters might live in the desert in the wild, any hamster you buy in the store will have been bred inside for so long that, among other things, they've evolved to live at a normal room temperature (60-75 °F / 16-24 °C).
Meanwhile tortoises simply ...
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 chocolate hurt hamsters?).
How much theobromine can a hamster eat without damage?
I have found an science article about dangerous dose of theobromine for rats, mice ...
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 various goods and, possibly, animals that might be in it that also require pressure. Near vacuum isn't really a good thing for pressurized containers often carried ...
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.
Unlike for rabbits there are not a lot of quality references available on the internet. This is the best reference I found.
Let's just say that hamsters need hay ...
Hamsters are desert animals and are built to live in an environment with a lot less moisture in it. That leads to a couple of considerations:
They need to be warm. Despite the fur, they're not a cold temperature animal and so are vulnerable to cold.
They're not naturally water creatures, given desert origins, and so one wouldn't expect to bathe in water.
If the hamster is constantly trying to get out, this could be a sign that the cage is too small. In my personal experience I've seen several hamsters with negative behaviour traits (aggression and/or constant bar chewing) have their behaviour improve after being moved to a larger cage. I did have one hamster who would bar chew regardless of cage size;I have ...
So... First, a quick biology lesson on cones and rods.
Rods are photoreceptive cells that are very light responsive and are responsible for most night vision capability. However, very dim light results in colorless vision and rods don't capture color.
Cones are photoreceptive cells that are bright light responsive and are responsible for most color vision ...
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 when taking a hamster home: 1) don't hold him on the first night, so he/she doesn't associate you with the stress or become more stressed and 2) don't hand feed ...
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 hamster, and I recall this behaviour very well. Our solution was to move him to another room, and put a blanket over the cage to muffle the noise. So that would ...
It depends on the breed of hamster. If it is a Syrian hamster, its cage needs to be at least 360 square inches of floor space or more (12 inches by 30 inches). But if it's a Chinese hamster, or any of the dwarf breeds, it needs 288 square inches or more (12 inches by 24 inches, or 1 foot by 2 feet).
Make sure to add lots of toys such as tubes, hideouts, ...
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 to hamsters and that would certainly cause the scratching behavior you see.
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 is best. It acts as environmental enrichment as well as a safe place to hide.
Layna has added a nice list of burrowing/bedding materials however I would only ...
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 very rare observations of pairs, and colonies only for the winter's time, to warm each other. In conclusion, they can live peacefully together for some time (one ...
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 frequently not equipped to survive on their own. They are often accustomed to human care, so they very well might not know what do on their own to survive. Furthermore,...
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 companies are only in it for the money, not the safety and welfare of our pets.
Many people recommend cages as small as 24x12 inch cages, but many experienced owners ...
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 your full situation but if you went for a long haired breed such as a ragdoll, or birman then they are like a nice warm fluffy teddy bear and you might enjoy ...
Ok, I checked my best source for small animal Keeping (German site: Die Brain)
What they advise is:
(Shredded) paper (Make sure it has no chemicals on it, the more natural, the better)
Cotton is explicitly NOT recommeded! Anything that the hamster can get tangled in should be avoided.
But as Toilet Paper made the ...
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 around in!
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 slightly lower pressure in airplanes might cause anything more than a discomfort to hamsters.
Hamsters have a very high rate of metabolism so you need to put ...
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 prevent back arches.
Also, don't leave your hamster in there for too long. For starters, he might leave droppings in the ball or around the floor and even wee ...
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 he doesn't, I would go to a store like Pets at Home and ask them for an easy and quick solution.
Hope my answer helped.
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 cleaned him up with a little cotton swab and dettol (savlon) disinfectant. All came off. Skin looks good... So just a tip to hamster owners out there. Keep an eye ...
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 (~4-5 weeks).
There is the odd case where some hamsters will get along as adults however they tend to one day change their minds and kill their cage-mate. I'...
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 would ever give you.
Good thing about Hamsters and connected cages: they like tunnels anyway, so expansion is quiet manageable.
What worries me about the cage ...
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/hamster_plants_flowers.asp
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 is an exception, as that's when they eat mostly dry food - it's because it is more easily storable.
Not a good food is all with sugar, honey or molasses. ...
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 distances every day. That's the reason why every hamster enclosure must have a running wheel. But better than a running wheel is actual space to run around.