Hamsters, or hamsters. subfamily of rodents of the hamster family. In total, it contains 19 species. Houses usually contain Syrian hamsters, which are very diverse in colors. Their sizes can reach 18 cm, and weight up to 200 grams. Also in recent times, dwarf hamsters will be in fashion, for example, Dzungarian.
Many are eager to see this small fluffy animal in front of them, with small ears with a curious nose and attentive bead eyes. The hamster’s paws are tenacious, and the tail is so funny. Such a description no doubt betrays one of the pets.
It is generally accepted that everything is known about hamsters, but such a straightforward approach generates a wave of implausible rumors. A good animal can easily become a victim of erroneous accusations. Shatter the most common rumors about hamsters.
A cage with a hamster always smells bad. This myth is perhaps the most common. In fact, the hamster is no less clean than any pet. From birth, he has a habit of washing and brushing himself. The kid, barely born, is already diligently trying to wash himself from the nose to the tail. In their own cages, hamsters simply do not know how to do general cleaning. But they clearly divide the dwelling into zones: feeding trough, nest, toilet, other places. Therefore, if you put a small container in the cage with sawdust or fillers for the toilet and let the hamster understand its purpose, then you can forget about the unpleasant smell! It remains only to change the filler in a day or two and clean the entire cage with the house.
The hamster cannot live alone. For some reason, it often seems to us that the animal in the cage is tormented by loneliness, which is why hamsters are so often kept in pairs. In fact, these animals, unlike many, are just loners. Adult hamsters, when a congener approaches, usually just attack him, not even knowing their gender. As a result, many torn hamsters were found by those owners who sought to settle a couple of individuals in a cage at once. So a hamster living alone will be completely satisfied with his existence. For information, wild Syrian hamsters do not live in pairs either. A temporary truce occurs on those few hours when the female meets the male with the aim of procreation. A rare exception is some dwarf hamsters, for example, Dzungarian and Roborovsky hamsters.
Hamsters breed constantly. This event depends entirely on their owners, you just need not to keep animals in pairs. First of all, childbirth should be scheduled no more than once every 3 months. A more frequent pregnancy harms the female’s health, adversely affecting the offspring. During childbirth, 6-12 cubs are usually born, although there are exceptions to this.
For a hamster, a three-liter jar is enough, he does not need a cage. Accordingly, according to this belief, no walks are necessary for the animal, even if it sits in its aquarium. Hence the belief that hamsters can only sleep and eat. In fact, hamsters. very mobile creatures. During the day they like to sleep in their house, but when evening comes, they wake up and become active. If the cage is large enough, it has several floors, and the caring owners also placed a running wheel here, then the animal will have something to occupy itself with. They will also like dry twigs that can be nibbled, a bunch of sawdust where you can dig in search of grains. Hamsters will be happy and ladders, a feeder with delicious nuts or seeds. As a result, observing how a hunter finds a hidden treasure will become no less interesting than his acrobatic numbers. After all, hamsters can move around the ceiling, clinging to the rods with one front paws. The life of an animal in a non-banal cage will be interesting to both children and adults. In the wild, animals have to run many kilometers to provide themselves with food supplies, and then put them in the pantry. Similarly, our pet wants to run in order to stretch his legs. A long hike can be simulated using a running wheel, however, you need to let the hamster walk every day. This will give him a new impression of a change of scenery. If we are talking about dwarf hamsters. Dzungarian, Roborovsky or Capbell, then an aquarium or a terrarium is suitable for their maintenance. Such kids practically do not climb and they simply do not need lattice walls.
Hamsters drink little, they do not need water. Water is necessary for these animals, even if they have plenty of succulent feed. In the wild, hamsters do not make fluid reserves, but in the home they can’t do without it. An exception in this case. dwarf hamsters who drink less than the Syrian, or are generally able to manage juicy feed.
Hamsters are unpretentious animals. According to this common opinion, a cage with a hamster can be kept anywhere. In fact, neglect of certain rules can lead to diseases of pets. With proper care, they rarely get sick. But poor or improper food or stress due to sleep disturbances during the day can lead to poor health. After all, hamsters are very sensitive to noise, so there is a rule that does not recommend putting the cage next to televisions, other sound sources. Also, you can not put the cage next to the window or on a draft. After all, he is the most evil enemy of the little fluffy. Yes, and to curtains or other things, too, a cage can not be placed close. After all, the hamster will immediately try to get himself material for building the nest, reaching for the tissue and gnawing it. Direct sunlight, like heat from central heating batteries, is also harmful to animals. In natural conditions, they try to hide from the heat in their minks. The health of hamsters will also be damaged by tobacco smoke and high humidity, coupled with low temperature.
Hamster. Great toy for a small child. It is worth remembering that no matter how the hamster looks like a soft toy, it is primarily a living creature that needs not only a careful attitude, but also care and attention. Adults should constantly monitor the delicate bones and fragile health of a small pet. Do not forget that accidentally caused acute pain can cause an answer from the side of a seemingly harmless animal. After all, he has small sharp teeth, the bite of which will be painful.
If the hamster has red eyes, then he is blind from birth. The red eyes of hamsters are not at all a sign of their vision problems. it’s just one of the mutations. Such animals have altered genes that affect the appearance of the animal. So hamsters with red eyes in terms of health are no different from their black-eyed fellow tribesmen. Hamsters with red eyes have the following coat colors: gray, ivory, brown and white with red eyes.
Hamsters are bloodthirsty animals. because they eat their offspring. It is difficult to completely refute this statement. However, like any rule has an exception, this statement is an exception to the usual behavior of female hamsters. Scientists figured out what exactly pushes the animals to such a terrible act. First of all, this happens when the female is young and inexperienced. If she herself is no more than two months old, then she simply submits to the animal instinct, which commands her to destroy her offspring in order to replenish the nutrients spent on them. In addition, after the birth of offspring, the mother may not feel safe with them. Therefore, you can not bother the hamster, trying to climb her hands, touching both her and the kids. After all, the smell of human hands will inevitably remain on them, which will force the mother to either refuse to feed the “alien” cub or simply destroy him. There is an option that in such a bloody way the hamster can simply get rid of sick and non-viable offspring. This behavior is also due to the simple survival instinct that was inherited by all domestic hamsters.
Hamsters. stupid and boring animals. In fact, even such small animals are distinguished by clever behavior. This is especially true for Syrian hamsters. Most of them even know how to respond to their nickname, running out to meet the owners from their house. Each animal has its own character, its habits and can be tamed in different ways. Sometimes, after a walk around the house, the animal itself approaches the owner so that he takes it in his hands and returns the tired animal to the cage or simply holds it. There have been cases when the hamster played with pleasure with a delicacy tied to a string. It happens that hamsters recognize their owners by meeting them joyfully in the morning or in the evening, standing at the bars of a cage. Amusing fuss of small cubs will not leave indifferent even the most strict observer. However, most hamsters are interesting in that their cage. a piece of wildlife that is right at your place. It is necessary to give the animal an opportunity, and it will gladly open the secrets of its hamster life.