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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. ...


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I think it is because the large ones are of variety named Syrian hamsters, and the smaller ones are Dwarf hamsters. I am assuming that because it would match exactly the behavior pattern you are observing. Dwarf is an umbrella term accounting for a few differient but quite similar behavior‑wise varieties. And yes, Syrian ones are more chilled, calm and ...


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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 such conditions. This is simply not true. For a Syrian hamster I would reccomend 1m x 50cm of continous floor space. (Uninterrupted by pipes, extensions and ...


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Hamster hair loss is usually a vicious cycle: some irritation causes itching, itching causes scratching, scratching causes more irritation, etc. Other usual suspects would be stress, which can lead to both hair loss and scratching, low food variety, allergy and cancer. While I wouldn't be alarmed, it is always a good idea to take him to a vet. I personally ...


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The hair loss of a hamster is almost always caused by rubbing against a hard object or sharp object in its cage, but the type of bedding you may use could potentially cause the hamster to lose hair if it is allergic to its bedding. One other cause could be that the cage is to moist from the water bottle dripping.


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This is actually a very common behavior for hamsters to show. Almost always, it is nothing to worry about. This could happen for a variety of reasons including if your hamster is listening for something, surprised, and/or scared. When hamsters hear an unfamiliar sound, they may freeze to listen to it. They are probably trying to figure out if the sound is ...


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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 want it to go longer, freeze it but put it in a much thicker sock. Do not put it directly in the terrarium without the sock, as there is a chance it might cause ...


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For our pampered hamster who sadly passed away a few years ago (after a long and happy life), we used aspen wood chips everywhere but gave her soft paper bath tissue shreds for her bedding. She LOVED that and preferred it to arrange in her nest for sleeping, much more than the wood chips. It was soft and pliable and she'd spend hours arranging it before ...


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No way! I have a very bad childhood memory of when I left two small turtles with two hamsters in their cage. The next morning I woke up and saw the turtles on their back; when I flipped them over, I realized the hamsters had chewed to their brains and eaten them out. No, please tell your kids to not mix those two creatures together. It’s in the nature of a ...


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IR light is nothing but electromagnetic waves. Some are mostly harmless, others are potentially deadly. If the hamster is able to see or not IR light is not a good measure of safety. Just think that nobody can see X rays, but long time exposure to them is nowhere near being good for health. For a short experiment, the hamsters should be fine. For constant ...


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