MEET THE HAMSTER

Known for filling up their huge cheek pouches with tasty treats, hamsters are one of the most popular pocket pets in the US. There are several different species of hamsters kept as pets from the larger Syrian hamsters to the smaller dwarf species such as Campbell’s, Roborovskis, Winter Whites and Chinese.

Lifespan

2 - 3 years

Diet Difficulty

Low

Good With Kids

Older, respectful children

Space Requirement

Small

Time Needed Outside Cage

Medium

Potty Trainability

Medium

Care Difficulty

Low

Cleanliness

High

Human Interaction Needs

Medium

Cuddliness

Medium

CARE GUIDES

ADOPTABLE HAMSTERS

ENCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Dimensions

Syrian hamsters: 2 cubic ft

1 dwarf hamster: 1 - 2 cubic ft

2 dwarf hamsters: 1.5 - 2.5 cubic ft

Other Notes

- Generally, cages that have more floor space are better than vertical cages as hamsters are great at climbing but not so good at getting down and may be injured if they fall too far. If you opt for a cage with levels be sure to place the levels close to each other and/or add hammocks to fill in the gaps and catch them if needed.

- Wire floors must be covered (we recommend fleece)

- No wire wheels

- No wood bedding of any kind

- Bar spacing must be 1/8” or smaller for dwarf hamsters and1/4" or smaller for Syrian hamsters

Required Enrichment

Variety of chew toys (wood, lava, cardboard)

Nesting material

Hide (igloo, box, etc)

Toys

Wheel

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