Like most domesticated small rodents, Dzungarian hamsters in the wild live half as much as at home. Where they are not threatened by predators, hunger, harsh climate and a large number of diseases.
So, the average life span of a hamster in conditions comfortable for him is a couple of years, less often it is 3-4 years. Of course, there are always examples of centenarians, but they are, for the most part, an exception to the rule.
Conditions of detention
“How many Dzungarian hamsters live at home?” – this question can be answered based on a number of factors. One of them is the neighborhood, or rather its absence. When you start a rodent, do not forget that this is a territorial animal that will not tolerate a stranger in its area. The second neighbor, shared “for the company”, will cause constant skirmishes, fights and general discomfort for everyone. Such stresses can seriously shorten the life of rodents.
As for the conditions in the cage itself, the best choice for covering it will be sawdust and partially added paper or napkins, which are useful for creating a nest. Please note that the paper must be white, the newspaper contains printing ink, which is very toxic for such a miniature creation.
The cage should be spacious and located in an area where direct sunlight and the loud noise of the TV or radio do not fall. Such sounds will not replace the hamster of communication, but only add discomfort and excitement, which will adversely affect the baby’s health.
Cleaning the house of the newly made tenant should be carried out regularly. Once a couple of days, partial cleaning of waste of natural origin and once a week, general cleaning of the entire cage. If you follow these simple rules, then you will not be bothered by an unpleasant odor, but a hamster that has arisen due to waste and moisture, mold, which threatens serious diseases.
Nutrition and Activity
The number of years during which a homa will delight you and other residents directly depends on proper nutrition. There is a large number of cereal feeds rich in substances that are necessary for jungarik.
Sometimes the rodent refuses, there is a grain mixture, in this case it is worth offering him a new option with a different composition, or changing the brand of feed. After all, even such kids have their addictions and eating habits.
Fresh water is not only a necessary condition for good maintenance, but also one of the criteria that will provide a couple of happy years at home. It should be in a special drinking bowl, and not in a cup or saucer, which will sooner or later spill onto sawdust and paper.
Direct sunlight should not fall on the water, watch for its purity, changing every three days. There is also a lot of debate about whether it is worth giving boiled water to a rodent or past cleaning through a filter, which choice is up to you to decide.
In addition to high-quality nutrition and clean water, the dzhungarik needs movement at home, because these kids are prone to gaining excess weight, which can significantly reduce the number of years lived.
Cage a wheel, several tunnels and stairs between floors. Special balls are also sold, which are designed for home walks around the room. Keep track of the degree of activity of the rodent, as it is difficult for a small child to stop and calm down on his own.
Any disease suffered by a homa affects his health badly.
Let’s look at a few signs that may indicate that the jungariku is unwell:
- frequent sneezing
- strong sniffling;
- hard breath;
- decreased activity;
- bad coat;
- clouded eyes.
At the first signs of the disease, you should not self-medicate, only a doctor can make the correct diagnosis.
The sooner you seek qualified help, the greater your chances of maintaining your home health and sometimes life.
Carefully choose your future pet, pay attention to activity, curiosity, color of hair and eyes.
Unfortunately, there are diseases that can be transmitted to people, such as helminths (worms), lice and fleas. You can avoid buying individuals with these parasites and protect them from children who are so fond of playing with rodents, being careful when choosing a Dzungarian hamster.
If a homa is bought as a gift to a child, then you need to tell in advance that the life of a rodent by our standards is quite short and is only a couple of years.
This, of course, will not allow to avoid the grief of loss during the death of a rodent, but it will allow at least a little preparation of the child mentally, possibly saying that in the wild, their lifespan is even shorter.