take and raise a golden hamster

The golden hamster, or Syrian hamster, is the most common type of hamster in homes. They are popular small pets because they are less secretive and more friendly than the Russian hamster or Chinese hamster. In addition, they are suitable for children due to their larger size and willingly make contact with a person if they are tamed with patience and tenderness. Find out the characteristics of the golden hamster, where to get it, how to care for and feed it.

Characteristics of the golden hamster

It is the largest and most docile of the hamsters and is easier to handle than its relatives. Its slower movements and size make it an ideal companion, especially for children. The golden hamster can reach 15 cm in length and weigh between 100 and 150 g. As the name suggests, it is usually golden brown in color, but variations exist such as white, grey, black, and chocolate. The golden hamster has a solitary temperament, he does not support living together with his fellows. However, it is relatively good at allowing humans to get close, touched, and tamed.

How to choose your golden hamster?

In the golden hamster, the female is often larger than the male and is considered more aggressive, but this is not the rule. In truth, gender does not have much influence on the character of the animal, on the other hand, age is important, because the hamster should not be too young or too old to be adopted. So the ideal age range is 5 to 10 weeks for him to be weaned while still young enough to get used to you and his new lifestyle.

To get your hamster, prefer a small pet store to a large chain: not only do they treat the animals better, but the sellers have more time to observe and possibly handle them. In this way, they will be able to tell you about their origin, age and character. Ask to hold the hamster you like and inspect it to make sure that it is in good health: eyes and nose should be clean, the coat is not dull, the coat should not fall out. Claws and teeth should be of reasonable length. Also evaluate his attitude to see if he is curious or anxious, he should sniff and look around without fear.

In a golden hamster, the female is often larger than the male.

How to care for a golden hamster?

The adoption of a golden hamster must be prepared and begin with the purchase and installation of a cage for him with all the necessary accessories: a feeder, a drinker, toys, items for chewing (for this he can be given blocks of mineral salts), ladders and wheels for running and climbing. The hamster also needs a small house where he can build a nest of bedding and cotton. The litter should be changed regularly, and the cage thoroughly cleaned every week: remove all dirty litter, wash and disinfect the entire cage and accessories before drying them.

What to feed a golden hamster?

The hamster’s main food may consist of a mixture of seeds and/or pellets. The advantage of the latter is that the rodent cannot sort, which almost always happens with seeds, because he, of course, has his favorites! In addition, there are many ingredients in seed mixtures, including dried fruits and small dead insects, which are essential for a hamster to consume protein. It is necessary to supplement this basic food with hay for rodents and fresh fruits and vegetables: lettuce, carrots, chicory, cucumber, apple, melon…

The lifespan of a golden hamster is 2 to 3 years.

golden hamster health

The lifespan of a golden hamster is 2 to 3 years. These animals remain fragile and must always be handled carefully and carefully. It is absolutely necessary to avoid their fall. In terms of health, abnormal weight gain or loss, eye and nose hygiene should be monitored, and nails trimmed regularly by a veterinarian. If your hamster has diarrhea, bumps on the skin, if he stops drinking or eating, you should also immediately consult.

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