Syrian hamster

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Syrian hamster can be a fantastic companion. It is an adorable small pet that you can easily fall in love with. It has its origins in Syria, where British zoologist George Robert Waterhouse officially named it in 1839.

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Some facts

Hamsters are nocturnal animals, which mean that they live during the night and sleep during the day. They have constantly growing teethes, which they need to grind from time to time. They have an ability to store huge amount of food in the cheeks. They can’t live with another hamster in the same cage, because they will fight to death. It is the most popular kind of hamster and also the biggest one. The size of these animals ranges from 5 to 7 in (13 to 18 cm) long. Syrians are bred in four coat types:  Shorthaired, Rex, Satin and Longhaired.

Housing

There are a lot of different recommendations relating to the minimum cage size. Generally speaking, the bigger you get, the better it will be for your hamster. Remember Syrians are the greatest representative of the hamsters, so they need the most space. The process of finding the best cage for your hamster is not easy, but I will try to make it a little bit simpler. There are three different types of cages: plastic, wire and aquarium. All have its pros and cons, but I actually prefer wire ones. They have good ventilation, they are relatively easy to clean and you can easily attach many accessories which your hamster will love to play with. Because Syrians are so big you don’t need to worry too much about gaps between the bars, you can take anything which has spacing ½” or smaller.

Eating habits

Hamsters are an omnivorous animal which means that you have to be much more careful what you give him than usual. The safest way to not make any mistake is to buy hamster mix from a pet shop. However, if you want to pamper your hamster from time to time you can give him a small piece of an apple or carrot. Try to avoid everything what is sharp, it can hurt your hamster cheek pouches. Make sure that all the food you give your hamster is fresh and its gone be fine.

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