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why do hamsters try to escape

Why do hamsters try to escape?

Recently a friend purchased a hamster for her children, only for it to escape a few days later. And although this story has a happy ending as the cheeky little chap was found safe and sound, it made me wonder, just what drives a hamster to want to leave the safety of its cage? Is

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do hamsters have good eyesight

Do hamsters have good eyesight?

Upon placing Oscar’s food within his cage, I have noticed that it often takes him a while to locate his bowl. I watch as his whiskers flicker and his little nose twitches, compensating for what his eyes are unable to see. Hamsters have very poor eyesight, so rely on their other senses in order to

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differences between male and female syrian hamsters

Differences between male and female Syrian hamsters

When we collected our hamster from the pet store, we did not request a particular gender. This is because we naturally assumed (that bar the physical differences), all Syrian hamsters were the same. But is this a fair assumption? Although a large portion of a hamster’s personality is based on their breed and individual character,

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how to tell sex of a hamster

How to tell the sex of a hamster?

Many moons ago, when I was a child myself, we bought a couple of rabbits from a breeder who assured us we were taking home two males. Low and behold a few months later upon opening their hutch, we found a litter of bunnies. For this reason, it is really important to figure out the

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what can hamsters drink

What can hamsters drink?

In the winter I am a massive tea drinker, although I do like to indulge in a steaming mug of hot chocolate around an open fire. And, as summer approaches a nice cooling drink of squash is the perfect thing to quench a thirst. But what about our furry friends? Are hamsters allowed to drink

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hamster wet tail symptoms and treatment

Hamster wet tail symptoms and treatment

When we first chose our hamster at the pet store, we were given a leaflet on the dangers of wet tail. Thought to be the most common hamster illness (and unfortunately the most fatal), its symptoms are often misdiagnosed. But what is wet tail and how do I know if my hamster has it? What

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what to get your hamster for christmas

What to get your hamster for Christmas

Upon asking the kids what they would like for Christmas I was presented with a wish list of toys, treats and games, and neatly scrawled on the bottom was a gift list for our hamster – because apparently, Oscar’s on Santa’s nice list too. Christmas is a time for giving, and if you have an

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can hamsters eat blueberries

Can hamsters eat blueberries, spinach or lettuce?

A guide to feeding your hamster fruit and vegetables Now I know hamsters are not known for their discerning palates; and having previously researched and written information on what we should and shouldn’t be feeding them; I was still somewhat confused about certain food sources. Therefore, I decided the time was right to produce an

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