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
- No scars on the body.
- Fur should not be thinning
- Ears must be intact
If the hamster has any
of these then don't buy it!
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
Buying a Hamster