Dwarf Hamsters

Dwarf Hamsters

Hamsters are very active and playful little pets, and are very cute to watch. These sweet little furballs have the same basic needs as other pocket pets: a cage which has ample room, toys, and proper bedding. Dwarf hamsters make excellent pets, and you might find them the perfect animal companion to add a bit of adorable fun to your Lafayette home.

Here are a few things to consider:

Breeds

There are a few different types of dwarf hamsters. The Roborovski is the smallest dwarf hamster. These little ones are very quick and frisky, and like to spend a lot of time on their wheels. Winter White dwarf hamsters are also sometimes known as Russian Dwarf Hamsters, as are the Campbell’s. The winter white breed changes colors seasonally, at least in the wild. There is also a fourth type, the Chinese dwarf hamster. Chinese dwarf hamsters must be kept alone once they are full grown, as they will fight with any roommates they have.

Habitat

You will need to get your hamster a suitable cage or aquarium. Make sure to place your pet’s home in a place that isn’t too drafty. You can get your hamster tubing to play and run in; just make sure it isn’t too steep for the little guy to climb. Dry bedding is also very important for your dwarf hamster’s health. Stay away from pine or cedar, and keep an eye on your little pet, as dwarf hamsters can have allergies. If you notice your little furball sneezes a lot, then you may want to try different bedding.

Handling

It is very important that you handle your dwarf hamster regularly, because if your hamster goes too long without human contact, he will become wild. Wash your hands first, to be sure you don’t smell like dinner, then pick up your little buddy and sit quietly with him in your hands. Pet your hamster, and give it treats, and talk to it softly.

Food

You should be able to find a suitable pellet food for dwarf hamsters. Be very careful what you give your hamster for treats, as they have quite sensitive little tummies and can get very sick from eating the wrong thing. Some safe treats include nuts, such as walnuts, peanuts, and cashews; oats; barley; and some seeds, like pumpkin, sesame, or sunflower seeds. You can also give your dwarf hamster asparagus, basil, cucumbers, green beans, bean sprouts, bell peppers, and wheatgrass. Your hamster can also enjoy grasshoppers, crickets, or bits of cooked chicken or salmon.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the feeding or care of your Lafayette dwarf hamster.

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