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Old 06-25-2009, 01:53 PM
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Once you have decided to purchase a hamster, when you go to the pet store you will find that the hamsters are more likely to be awake, alert, and active if you go at night instead of in the afternoon, as hamsters are primarily nocturnal animals.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:56 PM
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When holding a hamster, DO NOT grab it by the scruff of its neck. The only time a hamster should ever be held like that is by its mother during its infancy. If you try to hold an adult hamster in this manner, odds are it will urinate on you! The best way to hold a hamster is to cup it in both of your hands, making sure your hands are first cupped tightly enough that the hamster will not be able to escape.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:56 PM
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You will mainly want to keep your hamster in its cage. However, should you decide to let it roam free, make sure that you shut the door of whichever room you have placed the hamster in so it won't try to escape. You may also wish to place a towel underneath the door, since the hamster may be small enough to slide underneath the doorway. Or, you may just wish to purchase a "hamster ball" - a clear, non-breakable ball that you can place the hamster into that rolls around the floor as the hamster moves inside. If you go this route, make sure the ball is securely fastened at all times and is not placed anywhere near stairs or other obstacles that could injure your pet.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:57 PM
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Keep your hamster away from houseplants. A curious hamster will nibble on leaves, and could become seriously sick as even the most standard houseplant may be toxic to them.
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Always wash your hands before handling your hamster. If your hamster smells even the smallest trace amount of food scent on your hands, it may try to nibble or bite you. You may also consider rubbing your hands in the hamster's litter before picking them up so they catch that scent.
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If your hamster bites you, place the hamster down gently and then treat the wound as you would any normal pet bite. You may also wish to consider why the hamster bit you. Did you hold the hamster incorrectly to begin with? Did you hands smell of food?
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:58 PM
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It is best to keep male and female hamsters separated so mating does not occur, as there could be a good risk of health problems for your female hamster should she become pregnant without first having any knowledge of the genetic history of both potential parents.
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However, should you decide to mate and breed your hamsters, hamsters can breed as young as five weeks old, but if you plan on letting your hamster mate, it is best to wait until they are at least sixteen weeks old so that they are first fully mature. For most hamsters, the gestation period for offspring is only between 16-18 days, but unless you caught your male and female hamster "in the act," there is a good chance you may not even be aware that children are on the way until several days before their birth!
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If you know your female hamster is pregnant, or you suspect a pregnancy, her behavior may change considerably in the days leading up to the birth. Try not to pick her up, pet her, or play with her during this time, as she will be very uncomfortable and may try to bite in retaliation.
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:59 PM
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If you have a pregnant hamster, make sure the mother-to-be has a clean cage and plenty of water to drink and fresh fruit and vegetables to eat, as well as healthy protein, such as hard-boiled eggs or fresh-cooked meat.
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Once the baby hamsters have been born, make sure that the hamster cage is clean and well-ventilated (though you should be doing this on a regular basis anyway), and that there is plenty of bedding and nesting material available for the offspring. DO NOT TOUCH the offspring for at least three weeks after their birth, as the mother will take this as a sign of impending danger and may potentially eat her young as opposed to exposing them to a possible dangerous situation.
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Hamsters are masterminds when it comes to escaping their cage. Your best option is to use a cage with the door in the roof. Even still, make sure their wheel or any other objects in the cage are not near the door. Hamsters are good at climbing too! Try placing a heavy object over the door to keep your little guys from nibbling on the door latch and freeing themselves.

Also make sure your hamster is not too small to fit between the wires or bars in your cage. They only have to get their head through and the rest of the body will follow.
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