Posted Dec 28, 2014
I did not have a great experience with this animal. I lived in a small town and someone had abandoned a pack of hamsters near my house. We found two of them and took them in. We got an appropriate cage for them and put them both in it, until we could get another cage for the male. They were in the same cage for two days when I transferred the male over to his own cage. Two days was all it took. A couple of weeks later, my female hamster had babies. This was very high maintenance. We had to clean the cage out frequently for the babies to have a clean environment and the mother ended up killing two of them. Besides the fact that they reproduce quickly, they are loud! They are very nocturnal and do most of their activity at night and it is not a good idea to put them in the same room where anyone sleeps. Cage clean-up is time consuming, as you have to change out their bedding about once every 1-2 weeks. It is also risky to handle them, because if they get away, you may never find them. Some hamsters bite and some don't, you have to be calm while holding them, or they can get anxious and stressed. Overall, hamsters are very cute and fun to hold at times, but it is not the animal for me, personally. Some people love hamsters and have them for years, you just have to know what you can handle with your pet preferences. The attached picture looks like both of the hamsters I owned.