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Old 01-27-2017, 09:39 AM   #1
Staceyparmesan
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Default Russian dwarf. Not sure if Campbells Russian?

Hi all, my partner recently bought me a female Russian dwarf from pets at home for my birthday. Having not owned hamsters before I was unaware there were also different kinds of dwarfs! Thought there were only Syrian hamsters, Russian dwarf and robo's!
My petal has pink eyes, she's mainly white and light brown with a dark stripe down her back which I call her chipmunk stripe!
I'll try to attach a photo but she's so fast it's hard to get a photo sometimes!
Thanks for your help!!
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Old 01-27-2017, 10:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Russian dwarf. Not sure if Campbells Russian?

aww what a cutie she is.
Coming from a pet store she will have some be a hybrid so a combination of Winter white and Campbells somewhere in her lines. She is closed to a Campbell colour Argente in looks though
Just a little note though - make sure you remove the fluffy bedding immediately as it's very dangerous for hammies.
Look in the healthcare section at the post at the top on dangers. It can cause bowel blockage, get tied round limbs and chock the hammie. Best bedding is ripped white loo roll.
Even if the package says it is safe believe me it is not!
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Old 01-27-2017, 10:56 AM   #3
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Default Re: Russian dwarf. Not sure if Campbells Russian?

Hello and congrats on your little ham! Quite an awesome birthday present if I do say so myself! I'm not too sure what species your little one is, but I did just want to ask, is that cotton fluff in her cage? If so, I'd highly recommend removing it from her cage. Cotton fluff bedding can get stuck on their legs and teeth and this can hurt them, and if they consume it, they can get intestinal blockages. I'd recommend to instead put in tissues or toilet paper, and your ham will love going around collecting to collect the soft tissue to use in her nest. Have fun with your little one! Hopefully an experienced dwarf owner will come along and figure out the species
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Old 01-27-2017, 11:42 AM   #4
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Hello. What a lovely hamster. As it's your first. There are a few things you might want to know.

Dwarf hamsters can be prone to getting diabetes, so sugary treats and fruit should be avoided or given very rarely. Veg or seeds are better.

Your hamster can also have mealworms (dried) or small amounts of chicken.

Dwarf hamsters like a sand bath. Using chinchilla sand, not dust).

You may have to remove the tube and block the holes if your hamster decides to pee, hoard or sleep in the tube.

I have seen this cage and the plastic house it comes with might be better replaced with a wooden house without a base. Plastic houses get condensation on the inside and if the hamster hoards in the house the food can spoil.

The wheel nay also need replacing as your hamster gets bigger. They need to be able to run with a straight back.
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Old 01-28-2017, 03:22 AM   #5
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Hi everyone and thanks for your replies!
Had no idea about the fluff to be honest as all my friends who have had hamsters have used the fluff before. Thanks for the advice.
Haven't had any problems with the plastic house so far, I clean her out every week and any fresh food she has had she usually eats and doesn't hoard away, there's usually just seeds in there. Have been looking at other homes though. Looking for additional space for her too but getting hold of savic/ferplast tubes and accessories is a nightmare! Unless you want to spend 20 pounds on 4 tubes..
She has a silent wheel that for the moment looks about the right size for her as I read about their backs not being arched etc but rest assured I will replace it if need be! It actually broke last night whilst I was moving it, not even sure how! So going to buy a new one today, they don't make things to last these days do they
She did pee in the tubes when I first got her so we did block them up but after a week or two she was back in them, running through and eating food in there occasionally. She's actually quite well behaved and seems happy, doesn't gnaw at the bars or the plastic tube connectors like I've heard many other hamster owners mention so that's a plus.
I rarely give her fruit as I'm aware of diabetes in hamsters as I've read so much about food etc I've become obsessed in the photo she was eating a small piece of yellow pepper but her favourite is a tiny bit of curly kale

Thanks everyone for the advice and lovely messages. I'll get on the bedding situation immediately!

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Hello. What a lovely hamster. As it's your first. There are a few things you might want to know.

Dwarf hamsters can be prone to getting diabetes, so sugary treats and fruit should be avoided or given very rarely. Veg or seeds are better.

Your hamster can also have mealworms (dried) or small amounts of chicken.

Dwarf hamsters like a sand bath. Using chinchilla sand, not dust).

You may have to remove the tube and block the holes if your hamster decides to pee, hoard or sleep in the tube.

I have seen this cage and the plastic house it comes with might be better replaced with a wooden house without a base. Plastic houses get condensation on the inside and if the hamster hoards in the house the food can spoil.

The wheel nay also need replacing as your hamster gets bigger. They need to be able to run with a straight back.
Thankyou! She loves chicken and mealworms and her favourite veg is curly kale which is handy because the tortoises love it too!

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