Your child has grown up to have a pet, but are you not ready for the dog yet? Buy him a hamster. It is smaller in size than dogs, it is easier to feed, and it will not nibble your favorite shoes. It seems to be much easier to choose a small rodent by color, and that’s it. But do not rush. The most common types of hamsters – Dzungarian and Syrian, have their own characteristics, which are worth paying attention to when buying.
In appearance Dzungarian hamster easily confused with a conventional field mouse, only without a tail. Belongs to the genus of leggy hamsters. This rodent is much smaller than its Syrian counterpart, moreover, it often has a characteristic gray color with a dark stripe on its back. To escape from predators and become more inconspicuous, nature awarded the Dzungarsky hamster with white spots on the fur. The hamster’s paws are somewhat reminiscent of human hands, at least the food he holds is very similar. This type of hamster belongs to the category of “long-livers”, their life expectancy is three years. Broods of Dzungarian hamsters are more Syrian, there are up to six cubs in them. Syrian hamster much larger than the Dzungarian, almost twice. Belongs to the family of medium-sized hamsters. Its weight can reach two hundred grams. As a rule, females are slightly larger than males. The color of this type of hamster is very pleasant – golden. Although there are red and even black individuals. There are two types of Syrian hamsters – long-haired and short-haired. Life expectancy is about two to two and a half years.
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When starting a hamster, remember that before domestication they were residents of the desert, so they were not used to water and bathing them is not recommended to avoid illness or even death. Better put a small tray with sand – this will help hamsters keep themselves clean, and you will watch with tenderness how your pet takes sand baths. Since hamsters are nocturnal animals, be prepared for the fact that in the dark they will show remarkable activity, and during the day you can hardly lure them out of the house. If you worry that your pet is bored alone, do not worry, hamsters do not really like their own kind. They are much easier to communicate with the owners. The exception is the mating season. Dzungarian hamsters, despite their modest size, need a spacious cage or an aquarium. These hamsters are very clean, and the characteristic smell of a rodent is almost absent. It is enough to wash their cage once a week. In order for the Dzungarian hamster to sharpen his teeth, you should put him a chalk stone. This type of hamster is prone to diabetes, so exclude sweet fruits, such as peaches and grapes, from their diet. Dzungarian hamsters are always on the move, so they just need a running wheel, and, if possible, you can build a maze for him. Syrian hamster also loves space. Just because of the specific smell, washing his house should be done at least once every three to four days. Syrian hamsters are more friendly than Jungar hamsters. But they also need to be accustomed to hands. Then the hamster will fully reciprocate.