Is Your Hamster Compulsive?

Compulsive Behaviour in Hamsters  Indeed, this is possible. Every hamster loves to run – it’s part of their genetic make up.  But some hamsters have been known to become obsessive about this habit.  They’ll run themselves to the point of exhaustion. If you discover this might just be the situation, it’s unlikely that your little … Read more

The Hamster Wheel

The wheel The proverbial hamster wheel.  Yes, these animals really do love to run on it,  which is because they need as much exercise as they can get.  So, in anticipation of this let’s just say you’ll want your hamster’s cage somewhere in the home where you won’t hear the wheel turning at 2:30 in … Read more

Hamster Care Tips

Looking after your Hamster When it comes to hamster care, all owners want the very best for their lovable little pets. There are many tips and tricks to making your hamster the happiest it can be. With a little bit of effort and a lot of love, you can give your hamster the absolute best … Read more

Hamster Dental Problems

Hamsters and their teeth Hamsters do not have dental issues very often, but if they do, they need the care of a veterinarian.  Prevention is often the best way to handle dental issues with your pet. Malocclusion is a condition when a hamster’s incisor teeth are overgrown or are misaligned, resulting in having teeth that … Read more

Wet Tail in Hamsters

Wet tail is a common disease in hamsters, especially Syrian hamsters and hamsters who are weaning (from 4 to 7 weeks old).  It is a serious, life-threatening condition and should be treated promptly.  The disease can be fatal within 24 to 48 hours after symptoms first are shown. Symptoms: Symptoms for wet tail include lethargy, hunched … Read more

Exercising your hamster

Hamster exercise

Hamsters need exercise just people. They need to exercise every day as it will help to stop them getting too fat and protect against disorders such as diabetes and heart attacks.

Caring for Senior Hamsters

Looking after the Elderly In order to properly take care of your hamster, it is important to address the changing needs of your pet as he ages.  The needs of a senior hamster are quite different those of a young hamster or pregnant female. Hamsters have an average lifespan of 2 to 3 years.  This … Read more

Hamsters and Salmonella

Salmonella Salmonella is a disease that can be serious and life-threatening for both hamsters and humans.  Recent outbreaks of Salmonella have made headlines.  In 2005, 2 cases of Salmonella in young children were traced to rodents – one from a pet mouse, one from a pet hamster.  Salmonella has been found in many domesticated animals, … Read more

Hamster Mites

Hamsters are usually free of parasites, but occasionally they can be exposed to and become carriers of mites.  Mites are tiny, black parasites that can cause much discomfort for your pets.  They live in the hair follicles in your pet’s fur.  If left untreated, mites can spread to and infect other hamsters and can also … Read more

Hamster Ear and Eye Care

Hamster Ear care Most hamsters can keep their ears clean with no help from you.  Hamsters take great care to clean themselves every day.  In fact, they spend around 20 percent of their time grooming themselves. The only time you really need to need to be concerned about your hamster’s ears is if you notice … Read more

Tyzzer’s Disease and Your Hamster

Tyzzer’s Disease is a disease that affects many strains of rodents, including hamsters.  Most strains are unique to the species and are not transmitted from species to species (although gerbils can sometimes be infected from strains found in other rodents). This disease is highly contagious and can be passed easily from hamster to hamster.  The … Read more

Hamster Health Risks for Children

Young children are often more at risk for disease.  This is not only due to a weaker immune system, but it is also because of habits that children have that make passing germs from child to child easier:  they hug and kiss each other a lot.  They put their fingers in their mouths and touch … Read more

How to Care for a Sick Hamster

There are few things that are worse than having a sick hamster.  Knowing that your pet is not feeling well is both difficult and upsetting.  Here are some tips to help you try to make your pet feel better. If you notice your hamster is ill, be sure to quarantine him.  This is a good … Read more