Dwarf hamsters are clean, attractive, and friendly animals and have high energy levels. These include Chinese, Russian, Djungarian, and Roborovski hamsters. An adult dwarf hamster has an average length of two to four inches depending on their gene. They feed on plants and can live for about two to three years if given proper care.
Diet and Feeding
Dwarf hamsters eat a balanced diet that includes lab blocks for hamsters and little portions of grains, fruits, vegetables, and Timothy hay. They should be given clean and filtered water that is replaced regularly. Avoid giving them caffeine, alcohol, sugar and high-fat food as they may lead to serious health problems.
When feeding a dwarf hamster, you need to remember that fresh water is always available for them. Ensure that a limited portion of grains, not more than 10%, is to be fed daily. Also, food that is left uneaten must be disposed of after 24 hours.
Dwarf hamsters quickly adapt themselves to average household temperatures, but they are very sensitive to sharp changes in the temperature. Their environment should be plastic, metal, or glass and must have enough space for them to move around. A little crumbled paper bedding should be kept in their little home and make sure they have partners of the same kind housed together.
Habitats of dwarf hamsters must be cleaned properly at least once a week with a diluted bleach solution. Wash and completely dry the area before putting the hamster back. Change bedding and remove wet spots when needed.
Hamsters are nocturnal creatures, meaning they rest during the day and stay awake at night. They are easy to handle and least expected to bite. They chew on objects such as wood chew sticks to maintain their incisors that keep on growing.
As mentioned earlier, hamsters are clean animals and seldom need a bath, but they can be cleaned using a moist washcloth or baby wipes if necessary.
Your hamster is perfectly healthy if it is active and walking normally. Regular eating and drinking, having healthy fur and clear eyes, and breathing without any difficulty are all signs of a healthy dwarf hamster.
On the other hand, diarrhea, weight loss, hair loss, and troubled breathing are not good signs. You immediately need to see a vet if you notice eye or nasal discharge, or skin wounds on your pet.
Now that you know all the essential points of a dwarf hamster, choose sensibly and good luck for your new pet!