Fun facts about hamsters
Although they are furry and cute, hamsters have a lot of other characteristics that you should be aware of before getting one. Here are some interesting hamster facts that may help you get closer to your pet and learn more about their needs.
- The word “hamster” derived from the German word “hamstern,” meaning “hoard,” a favorite pastime of our hamster pals.
- The hamster is a rodent classified as “Cricetinae.” It has 18 species in seven different genera, including lemmings and mice.
- The Syrian hamster is the most common type of pet hamster. They are sometimes referred to as teddy bear, short hair, or fancy hamsters since they are quite gentle and enjoy being held.
- The earliest hamsters were found in Syria, but they have since spread to Greece, Belgium, and northern China.
- A hamster can survive for 2 to 3 years with proper care and attention.
- Because hamsters are nocturnal, they sleep more during the day and are more active at dusk. You should not wake them up to play. Instead, schedule your interactions for the late afternoon or early evening, when they’ve received adequate rest.
- Hamsters often like their pet parent’s company and prefer being let out of their cage to play. Make a maze for them to navigate, acquire a hamster ball, or place them in a safe, contained environment with hamster toys to increase their enjoyment.
- Hamsters are intelligent animals that can even remember their name. If you talk to your hamster and use their name frequently enough, they may eventually learn to come when called.
- The teeth of a hamster are constantly growing. Provide plenty of chew toys and chew sticks to help naturally wear them down to keep them at a healthy length.
- Hamsters tend to keep their habitats tidy, often relieving themselves in one or two distinct locations, making litter box training or at the very least scooping away soiled bedding every day to maintain their spaces clean easy.
- The majority of hamsters are extremely fast runners, and the shape and size of their hind foot allows them to run backwards as well.
- Hamsters have an innate need to conceal. In their habitat, provide sufficient of substrate for digging and a hollow shelter where they can repose.
- Dwarf hamsters are only 2 to 4 inches long, although Syrian hamsters can reach 6 inches in length.
- Hamsters can be scared easily. Always approach your hamster from the side and scream out their name to inform them that you are coming.
- In moderation, a well-rounded hamster diet contained fruits and vegetables. While these treats should account for no more than 10% of a hamster’s overall diet, a few bits of banana, strawberry, or carrot can make a healthy treat. After 24 hours, remove any old food from their habitat.
- Hamsters are picky and like to keep themselves tidy. You can help by washing their entire habitat with warm, soapy water once a month (avoid irritating ammonia-based cleanser). A dust bath is beneficial to some hamsters. A little dish of small animal dust in which they can roll about removes oils from their fur. After 12 hours, drain the bath.
- Chocolate includes theobromine, which is potentially hazardous to hamsters. You should also avoid giving your hamster caffeine or alcohol.
- Hamsters are born blind and can barely see a few inches in front of their nose as adults.
- One of their most critical senses is smell. They rub their scent glands on items to aid in scenting, and this is one of the first tools they’ll use to navigate their environment and learn to know you. Avoid wearing strong perfumes or lotions around your hamster.
- Dislostomes, or cheek pouches, are used by hamsters to store food. So, while your hamster may appear to be eating a lot, they are most likely merely storing some of it in their cheeks to carry about their habitat and keep in their burrows. These huge cheeks can make a hamster’s head appear twice, or even quadruple, its real size.
- Unlike other animals, hamsters will not eat food simply because it is in their environment. Because this animal does not tend to overeat, any leftover food might sit for days unused. Remove outdated fruits and vegetables, as well as filthy food and trash, on a daily basis, and make sure there are always enough of fresh options accessible.
- Hamsters are solitary creatures that should be housed alone in their habitat.
- Hamsters utilize their front and back paws similarly to humans, primarily to grab food and toys.
- Although hamsters are generally healthy, annual veterinary visits are advised.
- Hamsters experience mood swings. According to one study, hamsters who had access to a variety of toys and comfortable bedding made more hopeful decisions. In other words, you can keep your hamster happy by providing a variety of entertaining and enriching activities.
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