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Old 11-24-2012, 06:42 AM   #21
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Default Re: Stop! Thinking of getting a pet hamster? Please read first.

Very nice post however hamsters are not nocturnal. (Sorry to nit pick but this is a pet peeve of mine when it comes from people who profess to understand these animals)
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:25 PM   #22
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im glad this thread was made, alot of people dont think about the commitment that it takes when buying a hamster (or any pet) for the frist time.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:56 PM   #23
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I think it all just depends on the hamsters and how they feel about each other. They might be fine with each other or they might not. It's the same with all animals, really, whether they are social or not. The choice is whether or not you want to take that risk.

Anyway, this thread is great. It's always better to research before you get a pet so that you won't waste your time and money on things that you don't need or are unsafe for your pet (or will make them unhappy). Always a good idea to set up everything and buy everything before you get your pet. That way, you can make sure you have everything needed right away, AND the transition between the ham's old environment to his new one will be much smoother (as he doesn't have to wait 30 MORE minutes for you to set everything up).
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:00 PM   #24
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Very nice post however hamsters are not nocturnal.
The textbooks say they're crepuscular but all my hams have always slept all day and run in their wheels all night.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:01 PM   #25
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I've seen these online. I was thinking of doing this. I could pen off a section of the living room carpet and put toys and tubes and stuff in it.

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Ron,

There are also play pens at Petsmart (and I believe at Petco as well).

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Old 07-30-2013, 07:44 PM   #26
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Great points.
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:00 PM   #27
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Some things you really need to seriously consider carefully before getting a hamster as a pet.
Hi I'm new here so maybe it's a bit cheeky of me to jump straight in, but I was wondering if I could add these to the list, as I believe they are also among the most important things to consider before getting hamsters.

!. Cage Sizes.

On the whole (obviously there are exceptions to this rule) I don't think it's advisable to blindly trust the advice you might get from pet stores on cage sizes. Many of them are way too small and highly unsuitable. Syrian hamsters for example run up to 5 miles a night in the wild, so to be housed in a tiny cage with an undersized wheel is simply cruel. If you have already bought a cage that is too small, please try and rehouse your hamster as soon as you can. You will be rewarded with a much happier, healthier and friendlier hamster.
The RSPCA (UK) give this advice for Syrians:
"Syrian hamsters should be housed in as big a cage as possible. They are large active animals and need space to move around. The RSPCA recommend that the minimum size of cage for a Syrian hamster should be 75cm x 40 cm x 40 cm. (29 inches x 15 inches x 15 inches)."

Rat cages are generally very good for Syrian hamsters.
Please check carefully for suitable cage sizes of dwarf hamsters, they also need a lot more room than they are often given.

2. Temperature. Risks of hibernation and untimely death...

Please make sure the room you intend to keep your hamster in will be warm enough. I believe that hamsters can go into hibernation at 60F, although an apparently very reliable source recommends the temperature should not be below 70F.
They should not be placed in draughty areas or areas that get direct sunlight.

I hope this helps. If you take time to read up on hamster needs and lifestyle, and provide the best care you can, I imagine you will be as thrilled with your hamster as I am with mine! (That's a lot by the way! And I've only had her for 6 weeks)
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:54 AM   #28
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Excellent thread here Babyboos and everyone who has added extra information and advice. I have copied this into my favourites, so should I encounter any problems I can refer back to this as a guide xx
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:59 PM   #29
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I so agree with you! I am only a newbie and i wil get my first hammie friend really soon but i read as much as i poddibly could about hamster care before even deciding to really get him. When i was in the petstore the other day this lady really annoyed me by saying that her daughter was graduating tomorow and she really wanted a hamster so what would be a more cheaper graduation gift. All this while looking at a recomended pet store hamster cage about half the size of a recomended cage for dwarfs. It just made me really angry that this lady decided to just get a hamster cause they are cheap without knowing all there is before getting a hamster. And also at the petstore for selling and recomending those tiny cages! I ordered a nice big cage of 40cm by 60 cm and i would have gone even a bit bigger if it wasnt that i would run out of space. I just really hate it when people get pets without the proper knowledge...
Sorry for the rant...just needed to let it out of my system 😁
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:27 PM   #30
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Hey, this was really helpful, thanks guys 😃
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