How to choose your hamster?
There are many things to consider such as the breed or requirements it has.
Are you prepared to change water every day? Are you able to clean the cage at least once a week? Can you handle them at least every second day?
Those are few questions you will have to honestly ask yourself before welcoming one into your house. Then its time to choose the breed:
#Djundarian/ Campbell's Russian hamster- small dwarft hamster. Gray fur with darker stripe running lengthwise through its back.
#Chinese hamster- very similar to Russian hamster described above but doesn't have a stripe and has slightly longer tail.
#Syrian hamster- those can be any colour and are much bigger than dwarf hamster. Can have either long or short fur.
#Winter White Hamster- can change the colour of its fur depending on season- white in winter and grey/brown during the rest of the year.
#Roborovski hamster- looks much like Russian but are smaller and brown plus they are a lot faster.
When deciding on the hamster fur should be clean with no grease, clean, shiny eyes and body should fit in your hands when cupped. You should always be able to handle the hamster before you buy it. An adult hamsters (7 weeks old) should always be divided depending on their sex-male separately to female.
Hamsters are sleeping most of the time in the day but are active during the night so it is usually good idea to buy your hamster in the evening if possible so it can explore it's new house.
You should always start taming it the following day after you bring it home. This will allow your hamster to get used to the cage and new environment.
Start taming the hamster by removing the top of the cage and trying to pet it- you can give him some treats or veg so it come closer to you. Then following day go ahead and try taking it out- don't take it out for long though as it will just stress him. You can start from 5 mins and just continue every day for a week each time extending the time you hold him for 5-10 minutes.
The hamster will need:
#Water bottle and food bowl
#Chew toys or woodsticks (their teeth is constantly growing)
#Cage accessories- e.g. house
Apart from dry food available at your local pet store try balancing their diet with some fresh fruit and veg. Fresh grass is also welcomed.
Some examples of food you can give to your hamster include:
Cabbage (not a lot)
Corn on the cob
Plain low fat yoghurt