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July 25 2011 2 25 /07 /July /2011 08:27

To care for teddy bear hamsters, which are related to golden hamsters, ensure that you have the right kind of cage and suitable vegetarian food. There are basic health and hygiene rules, along with safety requirements.There are basic rules for handling that must be kept to keep the hamster safe and happy.

Housing and food

About hamsters

Teddy bear hamsters are a kind of golden hamster, but their hair is longer. They are solitary creatures, preferring to live alone and not to be handled. Being four to six inches long, they are quite delicate. Pet hamsters should have a hutch about 24 by 15 inches floor section, and 12 in height, but as they like to climb, it should have different levels and ladders. They need a grill at the front to protect them from cats. Ensure that they get enough fresh air in their cage.

Food and supplies

Hamsters are herbivores, but they dislike moist food. Dry foods, such as seeds, nuts and pellets are what they like. Give a range of seeds and nuts so that the hamsters will obtain all of the nutrients that they need.Your hamster should have a supply of fresh water available all the time. Sprinkle the food through the bedding, as foraging is a hamster's natural behaviour and that gives them exercise.


Give your hamster straw bedding and change it frequently. If the bedding is allowed to become wet, your hamster can fall prey to wet tail, one of the hamster diseases to which teddy bear hamsters are especially prone. Ensure that the cage is kept shut at all times, especially if there is a cat or dog in the house. Keep cats away from the cage so that the hamster will not suffer fear.

Other considerations

Be careful about handling teddy bear hamsters,as they dislike being touched. Do not put them in a cage with another hamster, as even females fight (in most species, fighting is mainly male).

As hamsters are nocturnal, they will be most active in the evening and night. For this reason, they are not ideal pets for children who will be in bed during the dark hours and should not be kept in a room where people sleep. They will interact, though, with humans, and owners may find their hamster funny.

Final word

It is important to keep hamsters' long hair combed, and you can purchase combs from pet shops. Furthermore, they need their nails to be kept short. Ideally, they will do this by getting much exercise scampering round their hutch, as this will wear down the claws naturally. But, in some cases you might have to ask a vet to perform the job.

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