These little critters look like toys, are very energetic and love to play.

Hamsters have an interesting history. All of today's hamsters are descended from one single litter discovered in Syria in 1930. As demand grew throughout the country for this cute creature, the breeding has created hamsters with many color variations with names like Cinnamon, Smoke Pearl and Dove. Hamsters also have various eye colors depending on their color such as red, ruby, black or gray. Two other kinds of hamsters are becoming increasingly popular, the Dwarf Russian and the Chinese. The temperament of a hamster is to be less nervous than a mouse, with a tendency to be extremely sound sleepers. Be very careful when trying to wake a hamster. They may get a bit cranky.

Where does my hamster live?

Since hamsters are curious, burrowing animals, they love to live in plastic rooms and tunnels that inter-connect. They like to burrow in any old socks, paper towels, tissues or newspaper will do. Do not use any kind of fibrous nesting materials. They can wrap around the hamsters paws and cut off circulation, or worse yet be swallowed with detrimental results.

What kind of exercise does my hamster require?

Hamsters like to keep moving, thus the exercise wheel. They also like to swing and climb in their cage, but be careful when they're out. As they do not have a sturdy tail to balance themselves, they can fall from heights very easily. They like the plastic exercise ball that keeps them safe inside, but you must always keep an eye on them.

What does my hamster eat?

Just like squirrels, hamsters store their food. They pack it into pouches of skin along their cheeks. As a pet hamsters will not need to store food, but they will do it anyway. Make sure your hamster has fresh water and is drinking as it needs to. Try our
Critters Brites Water Bottles
.