Animal Stories - Hamster

Animal-World Information about: Hamster

  If you provide your Hamster with a wheel, it will run up to 8 miles per night!
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alyssa joseph - 2012-10-03
Today my hamster made 3 babies and she is still too fat. Is she going to have more?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-04
    They will have as many as 6 pups so she could be having more - probably.  
michelle - 2012-06-14
I have a hamster that has a swollen check and little loss of fur does this mean he has a cold or is something else going on?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-14
    Could be several things.  Tooth ache - seriously.  If a tooth hurts, the cheek can swell and they will then run the sore cheek against something and so you have the loss of fur.  If it is not sneezing and nose isn't running - I'd look for tooth problems or possibly an insect bite.
Megan - 2012-07-29
My hamster is a female Russian Dwarf and she has two spots (one on her tummy and the other on her side that is a pink bald spot. It may be crusty, but I didn't check.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-30
    Check the spot and see if rubbing or chewing.  Might bebedding and allergic reaction.  have you changed food/bedding recently to something new? 
amanda2011 - 2012-08-25
I don't know if my hamster has wet tail or diarrhea but she doesn't come out as much she has a dirty behind and doesn't comb her fur but she has no wet bottom

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-08-26
    Sorry to hear your little friend isn't so happy right now. But yes, a dirty behind indicates wet tail.
  • amanda2011 - 2012-08-26
    Couldn't it be diarhea because I just started giving her greens and I may have givin her too much?
tong123 - 2012-06-10
Hey how do u stop this critters from breeding? Because when I was a kid my grandparents bought a pair male and female and just 3 months they spawned. I forgot how many babies where there I was only 8. Then the process continued until we had to get a new cage for the others and months later a we did it again new cage bigger this time. Then after a year we had to make a 4 foot cage to fit the others they spawned so may that we can start a business. my grandma got frustrated because of the smell that we had to give the all away. I'm planning to get a couple of these hamsters, forgot the name because I was a kid, so how can we castrate the little guys?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-10
    Just get females - no males. 
donna - 2012-03-28
I have a teddy bear(female) she is very timid and all she does is hide in her corner. When we got her just before Christmas the pet store had her in the cage with male hamsters so we thought she was a a male. They were 6 weeks old. But now after a few months and examination we figure it's a female. She has plenty of room to play and things to play with but all she does it hide. When she does come out and I put my hand in to pet her she stands on her hind legs and then bites me. This is the first hamster that I've had that acts like this. Is this normal?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-28
    I have had a bunch of hampsters and never had one that behaved like that. They were all over - allover a person - all over the house. My first one got loose at my mothers bridge part and all you heard was the screaming. They were always affectionate and curious. Try using a towel to take her out of her enclosure. Hold her in the towel and get it so you can pet the top of her head, side of her face. Maybe she was very frightened by someone who 'GRABBED or HURT' her accidentally in the store. Try and make friends and show her human hand is affectionate. That is all I can think of.
Tina Rachael - 2010-02-20
Ok, so I am going to get a hamster, but I do not know what type of hamster to get or if it should be male or female. HELP! What should I do?

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  • Halie - 2011-09-23
    Females smell much worse than males and go into heat. I've had both genders and overall I like the males more.

  • lori - 2011-12-03
    Well it depends if you want a male or a female. I would get a male.
    Why you may ask well my male hamster behaves the best. I don't know about female.
  • Anonymous - 2011-12-10
    Get a male hamster because they are nicer to you
  • Abbie Oneil - 2012-01-14
    I got a teddy bear hamster at 2 months old about 2 months ago. She is a female and very loving she is spoiled loves treats sometimes refuses food cuz she is so spoiled. I would definately reccomend getting a teddy bear hamster. I do not breed her if you do I would look at things on the internet on how to.
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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-08
    Teddy Bear Hamsters, are said to be the most enjoyable Hamsters, by many! I would recommend a Teddy Bear, Male Hamster, as they are more docile than females.
Emily - 2005-01-29
hi! i have 1 desert hamster, Rye-oki. (also called, catcher in the rye) i got her a month ago and i really love her! if you want to get one, be warned! they empty their cheek pouches if they are scared at first. eewwwww!

Marissa - 2011-10-14
My hamster is black with a tiny bit of white fur. She is a larger hamster and has smaller eyes. I have looked at lots of pics online, and none of them look like her. The closest resemblance is a European hamster because of the way the face/eyes look. She is also very sweet and tame. I wonder what kind she is?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-14
    Could it be a cross between breeds?
  • Hailey Fox - 2011-10-26
    Your hamster sounds like a panda hamster to me which there is such thing. Google some pictures a panda hamster can be black with little white or all white with little black.
  • alez - 2011-11-08
    LOL. It is a russian dwarf hamster.
  • Adrianna - 2012-01-30
    I have a male that is all black and has a patch of white on his chest and he is a black teddy bear hamster
Debra - 2011-07-18
I saved a female and male black bear hamster. Then I found out that she was having babies. She had about 11 babies. I had cleaned out her cage as the books say. She had a lot of food and water. But a few days a go I saw her eating two of her babies. Why would she do that?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    My guess it is natures way of population control. I am not trying to be cruel. The mom knows that she can feed and rear so many of the babies. She will kill the weakest ones if she doesn't believe they are thriving. Rabbits do this, birds will do it. Many birds will lay two eggs but will only feed one baby. I don't think they mean to EAT the babies - just how else are they to dispose of the babies so the rest stay healthy. It is sad but it is nature.
  • Marissa - 2011-10-14
    I have also learned that the moms sometimes eat their babies if there are too many because she can't care for them all. Also, they sometimes eat them if they have been touched by people because they don't recognize the scent.
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-11-11
    While this is a sad event, female hamsters will eat their offspring if they are:
    A. Inexperienced
    B. Uncomfortable of their surroundings
    C. Doing it, without realizing it.
    D. Doing it so she can ensure some of her babies survive...11 is a large litter for a Hamster!

    I recommend moving her cage to a quiet, dark room in the house, that is not frequently used, and check on her often...making sure she has plenty to eat, and plenty to eat! Try offering her food such as Bananas, Strawberrys, Spinach, or Lettuce to boost her immune system and ensure she is producing a proper amount of milk.

    I hope all is well! If she does consume all of her babies, then you could try breeding her again, in hopes she will be better experienced.
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-11
    well, I was reading about hamsters and they said they will eat their babys if they are too small week or she has too many so that the others can have ilk also if they die or she is not ready to take care of them.
  • jerri risinger - 2011-11-22
    After a hamster has her babies you don't clean the cage due to stress and causes her to eat her babies . Plenty water and food. She needs and a wheel to get her excerise and stress free,so much light during the day and she will use her wheel at night time in the dark can run 8 miles a night. Less noise. When they get fur on them and able to get around good then you can fool with them and clean the cage. And sometimes if a baby or babies are weak the mommy will eat them as well. See if her back end is dry or wet wet shows stress at times. So no cleaning the cage until then the babies are older and has fur on them and able to get around. At 3 weeks start separating them boys from girls or you can sell them at the pet shops. This keeps you from having so many and going out of hand.
  • Adrianna - 2012-01-30
    i have two hamsters of my own. They are both males but I have read alot and know alot about other animals. All of what they are saying is true but they also forgot one important detail you have to make sure the way the babies act if they are sick becuause if they are sick then she will eat them to protect the others from getting sick