A Guide to Dwarf Hamster Care
A Guide to Dwarf Hamster Care
by Chris Copeland
There are numerous varieties of dwarf hamsters. There is the Chinese Dwarf Hamster, the White Winter Russian Dwarf Hamster and the Campbell's Dwarf Hamster, just to name a few. Dwarf-like in stature, hence their names, they also need as much nurturing as the larger hamster species, like the Syrian Hamster.
These miniature hamsters are very jumpy and are known to make a quick-getaway. They can hide in the most unnoticed places as they can fit into almost anything. Keeping them secure is of utmost importance.
These creatures normally reside in underground burrows. Tamed ones however can live in a plastic version, which come in different sizes. It is essential that you look for the ones made for little rodents instead of the ones for hamsters as the latter are too big. Other options include aquariums and cages with tightly crossed wires.
The Dwarf hamster is no different from the standard hamster in his need for active activity. Did you know that an average hamster will run for five miles on the running wheel? You can get your Dwarf a running wheel made specifically for the Dwarf hamster, which is widely available in pet stores.
Line your pet's cage with a soot-free and porous substrate and your pet will thank you for it. These creatures instinctively like to dig out tunnels for themselves, so this will really make them feel more at home. Fresh substrate every week is a must for these creatures.
Shredded paper, tissue and cotton make for good nesting materials too. Because of their need to be alone once in a while, hamsters have to create these little nests for themselves.
Do not think that the small size of the Dwarf hamster means that they have small appetites. In fact, they eat the same amount as the Syrian hamster because of the former's fast metabolism. Hamsters like to feast on a variety of pellets, seeds, dried fruits and veggies. Keep providing them a new supply of food and water even if you see that he still has food in his nest.
It is important to give your dwarf hamsters soft wooden chew toys. Do not let them keep gnawing on whatever is lying around their cage. This can damage their teeth and jaws. Hamsters will never stop chewing because their teeth never stop growing.
Dwarf hamsters are such great pets and require little maintenance, which is well worth your time. All you have to do is make sure that their homes and accessories are disinfected once a week with soap and water. Avoid chemical solutions as those will cause more harm to your pets than good. Remember that substrate must only be placed on dry cages, so wipe your cages thoroughly after you rinse them. Now wasn't that easy?
About the Author:
Chris Copeland is a lover of Dwarf Hamsters. If you want to learn more about Dwarf Hamsters you should check out his great tips on dwarf hamster care at http://dwarfhamsters.net.
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