Okay, so these cute hamsters’ very rodent cousin makes it as one of the top ten smartest animals according to the Animal Planet, and they’re distant relative the squirrel climbs up as the seventh, but as pets, we all know that hamsters are quite the pet material.
Other than cats and dogs, there is a wide range of human-friendly animals that have become man's best pets. But if intelligence is of no consideration, I suggest considering having hamsters as pets.
In Asia, hamsters survive in the colder regions as well as where there are two seasons, like in Indonesia.
According to the BBC News, the popularity of the hamsters was at its peak in February, 2008, although the animals themselves are around all throughout the years.
An average hamster can survive for a general lifespan of two to three years, but this can extend if they are provided with a dry place to live in, some toys to play with, and enough of the food that they like.
The challenging part of keeping hamsters as pet is finding out which of the veggies that are available are the ones that suit their likings, and the ones that are good for them.
The thing about hamsters is that they choose what they nibble on based on their mood, it seems. Most adult hamsters, regardless of species, can chew on carrots and greens, like spinach, water sprouts, cucumbers, even colorful fruits ranging from tomatoes to apples, and herbs, like celery stalks.
Don't be surprised if your hamsters sometimes eat all the carrots and sometimes do not touch them at all. When that happens, you need to interact with your pets and persuade them to eat their greens.
Cute, sensitive pets
Hamsters are often influenced by a lot of the things beyond the control of the owners. As pets, I recall discovering that my hamsters were really fond of the leftover veggies that we feed them by hand, compared to new, fresh piles of veggies.
And because all they do is eat, they seem to be very, very happy with the pet-run toys that they can play with. Breeding was easy for hamsters.
In comparison to an average house kitten, which requires much attention from their owners in potty training, grooming and breeding, the average adult hamster can breed up to six baby hamsters just after four to six weeks of age.
These miraculous baby hamsters begin to feed on their veggies and various seeds and beans on their own just a couple of days after they are born.
This makes it easy for the owners to monitor their health and development, as well as making sure that they keep warm and comfy inside their cages.
Extra care is sometimes needed
When there are rapid changes in the weather temperature, hamsters shed or grow thick fur. That is why it is advisable that they are stored in a dry cage with a light bulb that you can switch on when they are cold.
Once in a while, they need the variations. In addition to the vitamins and the liquid dropping bottle from which they drink their water, baby hamsters sometimes need the extra droppings-yogurt, milk, but not too much. Every afternoon, you definitely need to clean up their cages, as cleanliness help extend their lifespan.
Hamsters can be a useful companion for cooks, because they easily would feed on the leftover chopped veggies, seeds and, sometimes, other human food, if they like it. Bread, rice, pudding and other things that look tasty to us, might also appeal to them.
If you're considering having hamsters as pets, make sure that you check on their fur regularly, as changes in their fur's thickness and color can be an indicator of their mood and health.
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