Hamster Day is April 12th! Hamsters may never be as popular as dogs or cats, but they really are pretty fun little animals. They’re also super cute! In this article, a veterinarian puts the spotlight on one of our smallest patients: the adorable dwarf hamster. An Oshawa, ON vet offers some basic information on these itty bitty furballs below.
There are several types of dwarf hamsters. One thing they all have in common? They’re all tiny! Dwarf hamsters only grow to be about 2 to 4 inches long, on average. These little guys do vary in terms of personality. Chinese and Roborovski hamsters tend to be the most docile and least likely to bite. The Campbell hamster is curious and friendly, while the Roborovski is quite drowsy, and will spend most of his time snoozing. Last but not least, there’s the Chinese hamster, a tiny floof who loves to dig.
Hammie won’t need much room, but that doesn’t mean you should get the smallest habitat you can find. Even little pets need some space to run and play! Make sure to choose a tank with good ventilation. Add about two inches of a paper-based product. Avoid wood substrates: they are dusty, and can irritate your little furball’s respiratory system. You’ll also want to add some bedding material, for your pet to build nests out of. Your pint-sized pal will also need a hidey-hole. You can use a coffee cup, plant pot, or a store-bought pet hide.
Your furry friends will need stimulation. Exercise wheels are great for this! Just choose a solid one, as the wire ones can be dangerous. You’ll also want to provide plenty of safe chew toys. You can buy these, but you can also make some out of plain paper or cardboard. There are plenty of great ideas online! Ask your vet for specific advice.
Hammie can have a commercial hamster food, which can be pellets or mixes. Pellets are better nutritionally, but can be boring. Seed mixes taste better, but allow your pet to pick and choose what he eats. You can supplement these things with small amounts of safe produce, grains, and seeds. Ask your vet for specific advice, including serving sizes, feeding schedules, safe and unsafe foods, and, of course, treats.
Do you have questions about dwarf hamster care? Contact us, your Oshawa, ON animal clinic, today!