Syrian Hamsters As Pets

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If you are thinking about buying a hamster, Syrian hamsters are an excellent choice. They tend to be hardier than other hamster breeds which make them perfect pets for children.

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Chapter 1. Introduction to Syrian Hamsters

Syrian Hamsters are members of the Syrian hamster family. You can distinguish a Syrian hamster by its paws. They have four fingers on their hands and five toes on their feet. Syrian hamsters will mark their territory using special scent glands on their bellies.

Chapter 2. Hamster Varieties

Most hamsters in North America and Britain are of the Syrian variety. They used to be a solid color but over the years that developed into mixed shades of browns and cream colors. Teddy Bear hamsters are also called “Angora” hamsters because they have longer and softer fur.

Chapter 3. Syrian Hamsters Sociable

Syrian hamsters are not sociable with other hamsters so they must be kept alone in their cages. Don’t worry, they will not get lonely, they prefer it that way. To keep your hamster “people in a friendly way” though, you have to make sure you handle him every day. Syrian hamsters are very friendly, but you have to make sure you choose one that has already been treated like a baby. Hamsters can develop serious personality issues and bite if they have not been trained properly from a young age.

Chapter 4. Hamster Breeds

This particular hamster breed is also extremely energetic so make sure that you have lots of activities for them to do. They need a wheel to run on and love to run around the house in a hamster ball. Also, make sure they have plenty of stuff to gnaw on because their teeth continue to grow and this helps to keep them at a good length. It can be painful for your hamster if his teeth become too long and he may stop eating.
So if you are looking for a great hamster as a pet, Syrian hamsters should be your first pick.

Choosing a Hamster Name

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Part of the fun of bringing home a brand new pet hamster is choosing a hamster name. However, what’s the best name for your hamster? How do other people want their hamster names? There are lots of ways to decide.

Some people name them after other hamsters. Just like people like to name their children John Jr. or Tyson the Third, some people like to name their pet hamsters after previous hamster pets.

Chapter 1. Introduction to Hamster Names

Some people name all of their hamsters the same name, just like George Foreman has called all of his children George. Hamsters live in hamster cages. If you like this idea, you could use a variation of this concept by giving them all the same first name but different second names. For example, Casey Jo, Casey Bob, Casey Shania and so on. Alternatively, you can do the reverse and give them all different first names but the same second name. For example, Brenda Lou, Shanequa Lou, Lisa Lu and so on.

Sometimes people name their pet hamsters after people they know or admire. You can name your pet after your favorite coach, your favorite teacher, your favorite athlete, or your favorite American Idol. If you have a colony of hamsters, you could name them for each player on your favorite basketball team or your favorite soccer team. Alternatively, what about using the names of characters from your favorite movie, like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia?

Chapter 2. The Best Hamster Names

Other people think of things they like and make a list. You can choose your favorite colors (like Blue or Pinky), your favorite foods (like Peach Pie or Lemon Drop), or just things that make you happy (like Rainbow or Sunshine). If you cannot decide, you can cut each name into a little piece of paper, put them all into a bowl, close your eyes and select at random.

Of course, you can always use your hamster for your inspiration. Is she cream-colored and fluffy? Then name her Creampuff. Does he squirm around so much you can hardly keep him in your hand? Call him Mr. Wiggles. Did you bring them home on St. Patrick’s Day? Then call them Paddy and Leprechaun.

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However, no matter which method you use for choosing your hamster’s name, once you decide on it, use it whenever you talk to your hamster. Believe it or not, you can train your hamster to come to you when you call him by name. So be sure to choose a name that you like and that your family likes because you will all be hearing it a lot.

Chapter 3. Good Hamster Names

Do you find yourself wondering how you’re going to find a good hamster name your new little pet? Finding a name that you not only really like, but one that suits your new pet can be challenging. Compared to other household pets, hamsters tend to have more cute and unusual names like Buttercup, or Mr. Nibbles, for example.

So here are some suggestions for good hamster names to get you started:

Chapter 4. Boy Hamster Names

Boy hamster names can be more creative and fun. Here’s a small sample:
Beany
Benji
Brownie
Casper
Coco Bean
Draco
Ezzy
Gandalf
Hampton
Inkspot
Jimbo
Kenny
Lefty
Marbles
Nugget
Ozzy
Peetie
Rocky
Squeakers
Teddy
Velcro
Waffles
Xander
Zebby

Chapter 5. Female Hamster Names

Female hamster names tend to be more feminine but they can also be cutesy. Here’s a list:
Abby, Bella
Callie
Dixie
Ella
Flower
Gabby
Gracie
Hannah
Izzy

Chapter 6. Dwarf Hamster Names

Due their small size, Dwarf Hamster names tend to lean towards names that reflect their small, adorable stature.
Here’s a list:
Baby
Binky
Boo Boo
Buddy
Chewbacca
Crinkle
Cuddles

Once you have decided on a name, use it often around your hamster. He’ll get used to hearing you call him by his name and you can actually train him to come to you when you offer him a treat and call his name.

What are the Best Hamster Cages?

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Before you get a hamster, the most important decision you can make is what kind of hamster cage you will buy to house your new little friend. There are many considerations for you to think about when deciding what type of cage you will get. A lot of these factors are based on which hamster species you want to get, how many (if they are Dwarfs) and what room you will house your hamster. There are many benefits of having an appropriately sized hamster cage. As a pet owner, you want your hamster to be as healthy and happy as possible. You can ensure this by giving them a large environment to live.

Chapter 1. Hamster Cage For Sale

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best hamster cage

There are numerous please you can go to purchase a hamster cage. You can visit stores such as PetSmart, Walmart or pets at home, or you can go to one of many online retailers. Amazon has a huge stock of hamster cages for sale as well as related products all over the world. To get the best value for money, be sure to compare prices from different places to find the lowest price. Some cages like the ‘Savic Hamster Heaven’ include accessories such as food bowls and water bottles so be sure to see what add-on the hamster cages include before purchasing. If you are on a strict budget, a homemade hamster bin cage can be a good alternative.

Chapter 2. Syrian Hamster Cages

Syrian hamsters are much bigger than the Dwarf species. It is logical to assume that Syrians will require more space. There have been numerous studies that have proven that Syrian hamsters thrive best when in wide open spaces, this is why habitrail and crittertrail types of hamster cage are not necessarily the best when used as the only home. Every country has a different minimum recommended area of space for your hamster.

Chapter 3. Dwarf Hamster Cages

Dwarf hamsters are smaller than Syrian hamsters, and they are especially able to squeeze through the bars or small gaps that might be perfectly fine for a Syrian hamsters cage. Roborovski hamsters are especially small, so it is important to give any potential hamster cage a very close examination if you have Robo dwarf hamsters. Dwarf hamsters are social animals; therefore it is important to give dwarfs a vast open space to prevent them from becoming territorial and fighting.

Chapter 4. Good and Bad Hamster Cages

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great hamster cages

There is a lot of poor quality hamster cages on the market for cheap prices. Cheaper cages are made from inferior quality metal that rusts quickly with plastic trays that are not well fitting allowing gaps to appear. A good quality hamster habitat can last you for many years whereas a poor quality cage might break or need replacing in a year or so. When viewing a hamster cage, pay attention to the bar spacing the escape points. Usually, hamster cages at Walmart are not the greatest quality, so I suggest going to a specialist pet store.

Chapter 5. Aquariums For Hamsters

A great alternative to hamster cages is aquariums. They give excellent visibility so you can have a great uninterrupted view of your hamster as well as giving them great natural light into their home. Aquariums are hefty and might prove to be a problem when moving them around to clean, but you can get plastic transparent small animal habitats that offer excellent visibility and are also lightweight. If you choose to use an aquarium for your hamster, be sure to make a DIY hamster cage topper as the default lids, do not offer a right amount of ventilation.