The hamster is often adopted for a child, which is a serious mistake because hamster is nocturnal. He gets up between 8pm and 10pm and goes back to bed around 5am or 6am. Young children will therefore not see it at all. It is not healthy to wake the animal up every day during the day.
He is not particularly cuddly, very few hamsters remain to enjoy a scratch, they are all the time in motion, and they like to explore, discover and eat. However, they are very interesting to observe. They are great acrobats who like to do funny tricks.
It is an animal that does not take up much space, just that of a suitable cage and a small park. The time we have to spend on them is not enormous either, compared to a rabbit, dog or cat. About one to two hours a day is enough.
However, regardless of prejudice, the space required is more
important than as most people believe, small “hamster” cages sold in shops are often too small, and it is better to turn to the large hamster cages, or those for rats (70 to 80cm long).
It has a relatively short life span, between 1.5 and 3 years. It is sometimes difficult to explain to young people children why their animal died so early. He is in good health, especially if they come from a breeder with a lineage follow-up, compared to rats and mice which are more fragile.
Is the hamster suitable for you?
Above all, it is necessary to take into account the rhythm of life. It is the ideal animal for the person who works and who will be happy to leave him all day without getting bored and meet him in the evening.
Hamsters can live alone, so it is ideal for those who do not want a group of animals. This makes it easier to also taming. As mentioned above, hamsters are not suitable for young children because they are nocturnal.
Remember that the child does not think in the long term. The adult is therefore responsible for the animal (and not the child, even when it is a question of “his” animal). It is the adult’s responsibility to ensure that the hamster is properly housed, well fed, and well cared for. If the child abandons the rodent, it is up to the adult to take care of it until end, without any pretext whatsoever.
Remember to teach him to handle it well, without hurting him, and to make him respect his lifestyle (no sudden awakening for the hamster during the day without which he will quickly become aggressive).
Where to find the best hamster for you ?
The first thing that comes to mind when adopting a hamster is to go to the pet store. That’s good. Normal, since it is generally the only solution we know. However, it is far from being the better.
Where do their animals come from ? Rodents sold in pet stores come from wholesalers, also known as wholesale breeders (Rodent Farm). These farmers put their animals in large and unheated sheds all rodents sold in stores. They barely know the species (some of them have websites and when you look around, you can even see that they invent scientific names that do not exist, for so-called rare species that are only a colour of a known species).
They rise to be profitable, thus minimizing costs (basic food not very suitable, extremely limited space, mass reproduction). They do not select their lines and practice uncontrolled inbreeding and extremely high, which over the years gives smaller and smaller animals, and more and more fragile.
The animals are brought mixed to the store; male and female in one cage and few stores then separate by sex (Very often the sellers do not even know how to distinguish them!), hamsters being very prolific it is very likely that if you adopt a female from a pet store, she will be pregnant and you will not be with one, but with a dozen hamsters (not to mention the problems that can be caused by a young pregnancy for the mother).
Whether at the wholesaler or in the store, there are a lot of animals. Many are in favor of the development of illnesses, especially in young hamster’s wet tail illness, very contagious and very quickly fatal (about 48 hours).
Animals are often weaned too early (to be sold small, whether cute for customers), they are often have deficiencies and sometimes serious behavioral problems due to a lack of menstruation instilled by the mother during growth.
You should never think that you are “saving” an animal when you buy it in a pet store (“it will be better at home! “) because for one animal sold, they will be two animals bought back by the pet store. You fuel a trade that does not respect animal rights at all.
If you are still willing to take it in a pet store, there are a few precautions to take. Ask to see the babies and take them in hand. Take your time. You must be able to take them, even without buying them to get an idea of their character. If the seller doesn’t want to, go somewhere else.
Look at the general appearance of the place: the cleanliness of the cages, the condition of the hamsters, etc. The cages must be clean; animals must have food and water. They must not be displayed in a display case. They must also have a place to sleep, where they will be sheltered from light and if possible from noise. The seller must let you observe the animals at your ease.
Choose an animal with a shiny coat and open eyes. The hair must not be dirty or soiled. He must not be prostrate in a corner. The belly should be well filled without being too bloated. Never take a sick animal or even the same cage as a sick animal. Illnesses are transmitted quickly in such animals, and are often fatal. Make sure you get there as late as possible in the day, so that the animals wake up more easily than in the middle of the day.