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Old 03-13-2016, 05:05 PM   #1
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Question Hamster care (chinese)

Hey guys I have been searching and searching for video on chinese hamsters but a lot of them give us really bad information (one of them even said that cotton bedding is good for them! ) I plan on getting one so plz can you help me?
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:04 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hamster care (chinese)

What is it you want to know Baby Grrr?
Many aspects of care are the same as for any other type of ham, suitable substrate & nesting material, a good sized cage, Chinese are very active & agile so they need enough space but plenty of hideouts as they don't like things too open, if you get a barred cage you'll need to be sure bar spacing is no more than 1cm (less than 1/2") at most.
Your biggest challenge in the US will be finding suitable food for a Chinese as they can be prone to diabetes & need a sugar free diet.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:59 PM   #3
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Cage sizes and such should be the same as any hamsters,with special attention to wire spacing.In the US the minimum is at this very moment 450 square inches for all species,and the UK is around 620 last I calculated.For Chinese hamsters I would be very mindful that unlike Syrian hamsters and some dwarf hamster species they do really enjoy climbing and would appreciate levels and climbing toys and things like that more than the average hamster.In terms of diet,you just want to be very careful to not have things that are high in unnatural sugars.The only natural sugars I would recommend are those found in the fruit and some vegetables themselves,which are completely fine in moderation.The biggest struggle with diabetes is finding the right balance,but it can be done if you're mindful and very cautious of overfeeding fruits and such!
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