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Old 09-13-2014, 03:54 AM   #1
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Ted weighs 225 grams which people on here say is big. But i dont overfeed him. So i measured how long he is and hes 20cm long. Is this big for a syrian?
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Old 09-13-2014, 04:03 AM   #2
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My winter white hybrid is a tiny bit over weight. I say it is excessive hair that makes her look plump (or fat as my wife says).

They say 200g for a syrian, but 225 is not too much.
Here is a page on it
Hamster Weight & Weighing Guide - Dwarf Hamster Blog
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Old 09-13-2014, 05:54 AM   #3
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Syrians can weigh anywhere from 100 grams all the way up to 300 grams, depending on their genetics.

If you feed Ted a good diet and a healthy amount, then his weight should be fine. 225 is toward the higher end of the scale, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's unhealthy.
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Old 09-13-2014, 05:57 AM   #4
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I have read that petshop pets are smaller than breeder pets. Some hamsters are bred for their size and colourings. Where was your ham fom ?
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:02 AM   #5
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He was from p@h. But i was told he was only 7/8 weeks old but he was larger then and i thought he was older.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:06 AM   #6
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P@H would not know the age if it tattooed across the body of the hams. They know nothing about pets. One P@H worker told me they get them in at 4 weeks old and they are in quarrantine for 48 hours. I have seen different sizes in the same cells in our local P@H. Cant call them cages. lol. Butr, when you ask how old they are when you buy them, they say "We got them when they were 6 weeks and they have not been here long, possibly about a week". Yet, someone who you can rely on says different.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:43 AM   #7
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Haha, Ian, that reminds me of when I got Margo. She was an adoption from the pet store, and when I asked how old they were, the employee said, "uh, I dunno. About 3 weeks?" Even though there was a fact sheet with the pup's exact date of birth taped to the glass. Genius, I tell you. Same employee also insisted a Crittertrail was plenty big for a syrian, to much eye-rolling from me. XD
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:23 AM   #8
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Haha, Ian, that reminds me of when I got Margo. She was an adoption from the pet store, and when I asked how old they were, the employee said, "uh, I dunno. About 3 weeks?" Even though there was a fact sheet with the pup's exact date of birth taped to the glass. Genius, I tell you. Same employee also insisted a Crittertrail was plenty big for a syrian, to much eye-rolling from me. XD
I rest my case. lol

I think they are on work replacement from the local 'special school' or are doing it because probation is making them. lol
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