Archive for September, 2009
There is a wide array of Hamsters to choose from that are kept as pet, the one that is most commonly adopted as pet is the Syrian or Golden Hamster; this specie of Hamster is called by many names mostly for commercial reasons as Fancy Hamster, Honey Bear, Panda Bear, Black Bear, European Black Bear, Polar Bear, Teddy Bear and Dalmatian depending on their coloration.
People also like Dwarf Hamsters; it has four different species that are popular and kept as pets, Russian Dwarf is the common of all those four species, there is a very interesting fact about the Winter White Russian Dwarf Hamster the coat turn almost white during winter when the hours of daylight decrease.
Another specie in the Dwarf Hamster category is Roborovski Hamster; which is recommended for those who need a pet that is fun to watch and required less personal handling, they are very small and active. They are very hard to catch and are very social as opposed to some other species of Hamster if the two are introduced properly they can easily live together and do anything
Chinese Hamster Is another specie of Hamster though it is not related to the social dwarf category but they are very calm, easily handled and gentle as compared to other and one of its endearing trait is that it cling to finger with all four paws commonly used at laboratories for research. It is the only Hamster that has a prehensile tail.
Hamsters are inexpensive and they are very popular choice for child’s first pet. Children usually tend to pick up a hamster and carry it around. This is very delicate process and should be thoroughly supervised by parents at start. As if not done the right way it can cause danger to both the pet and owner, as an accidental fall from couple of feet can cause sever injuries to Hamster because incase they are not handled the right way or at the right time that can result in Hamster biting you and that really hurts; so most of us would agree avoiding that.
For which you need to know how and when the Hamster should be handled. Initially It should be under parents supervision and use a cloth before handling the hamster; soothe your Hamster with one hand from top and pick it up placing your other hand at bottom but delicately keep your hold softer, not so stiff that it gets irritated and not even that loose that it jumps off and injure itself.
Hamsters don’t always like handling and they always communicate that when they are not in a mood. If the Hamster rapidly thumps or whirls its feet or hisses at you, it is not a good time to pick it up.
If you come near the cage and Hamster comes over and paws at the sides it’s trying to seek attention and should be duly answered by awarding with a treat of special snack or fresh food.
Hamsters are very cuddly creatures and when the bond between the owner and pet hits off it is one cherish able memory then provided that it starts off well and for that an enabling environment Is required for which you have to make sure that the time you adopt the hamster it is no more than four or six weeks old. The first thing you should do is think of a cute name for you hamster and then don’t forget to take Hamster’s name before giving it the food. The Hamster gradually gets used to its name and when you call it your Hamster is going to respond to it.
The next phase is making Hamster feel that you are not a threat and hence they have poor eyesight; they rely more on smell and hearing. Therefore we are going to focus on these things as it is Hamsters prime source of determining about its surroundings. First put some food next to your hand and let the hamster come and eat the food so that it can get familiar with the hand and establish it as a harmless thing which is around food. Now put that food inside your hand and let it climb or without climbing eat but out of your hand.
Once it becomes a routine then always make sure that you wash your hands before offering food in your hand as even if you fingers exhibits the slightest smell of food, the Hamster may bite you.
Hamsters are nocturnal creatures and their life style should be respected and shouldn’t be disturbed while they are resting because if you do then they even may bite you. Hamsters are very shy; they take time to settle down with new surroundings and get used to being handled, therefore you should be patient when your Hamster become quite tame.