The Syrian hamster, also known as the stuffed hamster or the golden Hamster, is the largest and probably the most popular species of hamsters. They are commonly referred to as nocturnal (means that they sleep by day and are awake at night), but they are twilight animals, this means that they are more active during the Twilight hours (sunrise and darkening).
These rodents are good pets for children because of their small size and docile nature. The Syrians grow between 10 and 18 centimeters and live an average of 1 to 3 years. Although they are friendly with people, these hamsters are solitary animals, unlike dwarf hamsters, they will not tolerate living with another hamster!
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All About Syrian Hamster / Golden Hamster
The Syrian hamsters usually live between 2 to 3 years if they are given the proper care, although it is known that they have lived between 1 and five years.
Syrian hamsters / Golden Hamster are usually feeding with pre-made hamster blend that contains several nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables that are specifically designed to keep your hamster healthy. Other foods can be given to you but make sure it’s not more than 10% of your hamster’s calorie intake. Small amounts of fruits and vegetables can be given, but not chocolate or snacks for humans as they can be toxic to your small pet.
Also, avoid raw seeds or potatoes. Change your hamster’s food and water daily to keep it good and fresh.
Keep your Syrian hamster in the largest cage you can afford. Although these hamsters are small, they are very active and love to play. Cages with interconnected pipes and tunnels are great fun for hamsters as it mimics their natural burrowing habitat. The only problem is that they can be difficult to obtain and they make a lot of mess in the tunnels that can be difficult to clean. Try a multilevel cage, Syrian hamsters love to climb, and a cage with bars and extra levels offer a great opportunity for hamsters to entertain themselves.
A small water container can easily be used as a cage. Make sure the cage you buy has enough space for a bed and eating area. It should also be large enough to fit a mill as well as several toys and tunnels for your hamster to chew and play with.
Keep the cage in a quiet part of the house, away from the noise. Someplace like the hallway or the dining room are usually right places. Also keep the cage away from windows (especially plastic cages as they overheat with the sun) and away from hot spots or where the air runs. Keeping hamsters in the children’s room may be fine, but keep in mind that hamsters are awake at night.
Use a layer of wood shavings about 2 centimeters in the bottom of the box. In the rest area use a natural material. Clean the cage from the clutter every 1 to 2 days and do a thorough cleaning once a week. Use a pet-safe disinfectant to kill all bacteria and viruses.
Always give the hamsters some wood to chew to keep their teeth short. Provide other toys like climbing things and tunnels to keep the hamsters stimulated. Use a ball when they are out of the cage.
Make sure your hamster has a lot of things to do. Hamsters ‘ teeth grow for their whole lives, so they always need some wood to chew on. Buy particular animal products, the wood from the garden can be poisonous, moist, moldy and infested. Toys that do something are often better than just wood to chew. Good toys include tunnels, wooden houses, climbing toys, and mills. Toilet paper roll is also fun and cheap toys.
You can also put your hamster in a hamster ball to exercise it. Make sure the ball is big enough for the hamster not to curve his spine. Insert your hamster into the ball gently and if you don’t seem to like it stop using it. Game playpens are also great to use as a sure thing to use for your hamster to exercise and explore out of the cage. A water-free bathroom can also be a safe place to play with supervision.
Be careful when you leave your hamster chewing the home, they are known for chewing wires and finding small gaps where they escape and get lost as under the furniture, refrigerators, dishwashers, under the stairs, which are their favorite places. Changing the toys and putting them in different places can keep the hamster active and stimulated. If your hamster is chewing the cage, hide food around it. Wildly hamsters are foragers so eating a bowl is not natural for them. By hiding food in boxes, tubes, between the bars, under the bed, etc., allow your hamster to strive for his food, it will enjoy the challenge!
Syrian hamsters or Golden Hamsters are solitary creatures and usually will not tolerate living with another hamster. Hamsters do not want to play together, and any attempt to mix hamsters can end in death. Often in the pet store, you will see the type of hamster living together, this is because they are young and have not yet reached maturity, in a few weeks it will be a different story. The only time adults are put together usually when they mate.