Having a pet hamster can be a rewarding and fun experience. Hamsters come in more
varieties than you can imagine and have two distinct sizes. Dwarf hamsters stop growing at only four inches long,
hence the name. They are cute, furry little creatures that live primarily in a pack. There are four different types
of dwarf hamsters, each with specific qualities that set it apart from the rest. First is the Campbell. This little
guy loves to live in a group, and will bond with his room mates. Syrians on the other hand, will not tolerate a
room mate and prefer to live solitary lives in their little cages. Siberian dwarf hamsters are also
somewhat used to living in colonies and like being kept together. They are similar to Campbells, but cannot be
mixed since there are enough differences. Then there is the Chinese dwarf hamster.
They need a clean cage, well ventilated and with plenty of room for scurrying and playing.
A good home for your dwarf hamster can be either an aquarium or the plastic variety with cage type walls and
ceiling. The aquarium is nice because it allows you to see the hamster, without him kicking his bedding all over
the place. Just be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight since it can hold the heat and cause it to be too warm
for your little pet. With the cage variety, you might want to put it on newspapers to catch the flying debris that
your pet hamster is likely to cause flying through the air. One note of warning, though is that a wind coming
through the cage could cause your unsuspecting dwarf hamster to catch a cold. Putting a light sheet over it when
the window is open or simply keeping it out of a draft is a good way to avoid this problem.
Your dwarf hamster will be happy thriving on a diet of hamster food from the pet store, or
give him a treat of "real food" once in awhile. Most hamsters enjoy peanut butter, yogurt (no sugar variety),
broccoli, apples, lettuce, oats, shredded cheese, corn, berries (well washed), dry dog biscuits, pumpkin (without
the seeds) and cooked meat (thoroughly cooled). If you can't find a decent name brand hamster food, these real
foods will satisfy their appetites and give them the nutrition they need to grow healthy and strong.
Take good care of your dwarf hamster, and he will provide you with companionship and
entertainment for years to come.
On our site you will find many articles to answer all your questions about dwarf
hamsters, such as the different varieties and guides for caring for them.
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