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Choosing your Hamster

One thing you have to think about when picking a hamster is age. Hamster live very short lives, around 1-2 years on average. Sometimes maybe 3 years. So you need to pick a young hamster if you want to make the most to their time with you. From 5 weeks old is the ideal age. Hamsters before this age are too young and shouldn't even be available to buy. A younger hamster is also much easier to tame rather than a older one.

When looking at the hamsters ask to handle them so you can also get a feel for one you like and also check it over. You should check the hamster for the following:

  • Bottom area should be clean not wet.
  • Eyes should be bright and clean.
  • No scars on the body.
  • Fur should not be thinning or bald.
  • Ears must be intact not torn.

If the hamster has any of these then don't buy it!

 

Travelling home with your hamster

Many pet shops will provide a cardboard box to take your hamster home. These are not really suitable because the hamster can easily chew it's way out. It's best to spend a little money on a plastic carry case. These are also useful for if you ever need to take your hamster to the vet.

Avoid going anywhere else after purchasing your hamster. Go straight home to avoid making the hamster stressed.


A chewed cardboard box


Plastic Carry Case

 

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