Hamsters are easy pets for practically any family. They have
simple needs and are cheap to keep. Provide a dry living space
outfitted with a gnawing log and a hiding place and a hamster
There are two main types of hamsters suitable
to bring into your home -- the golden, or Syrian, hamster
and the dwarf. Dwarf hamsters are not as friendly as the golden,
are smaller and can give birth to eyeless offspring. If you
must have two golden hamsters, keep them separated or they
will injure or kill each other. The dwarfs have no problem
Hamsters are very economical pets. You can buy
them for as little as $5 each and their diet won't break your
budget either -- they eat small quantities of fruits and vegetables.
Plastic cages -- lightweight and easy to clean
-- are perfect for hamsters and their owners. A good cage
will cost $50 to $75. Install an exercise wheel to keep your
pet active and healthy. At the Ferretstore.com
wheels are priced at $3, $6 and $11 depending on the size.
You will also need to create a cozy hiding space in your hamster's
cage for daytime use.
These animals love to chew. It is normal for
them to store food in their cheeks for eating at a later time.
You should be concerned only with the food in and around the
cage. Replace old food with fresh supplies daily.
Hamsters are nocturnal animals. If you can't
deal with a pet that sleeps most of the day, then don't consider
the hamster. They get aggressive if their daytime rest is
interrupted and are at their best in late evening. Your nighttime
rest might be disturbed by your pet's activities.
Hamsters must be housed in a place not susceptible
to excess heat or cold. The extremes in temperature can affect
Hamsters like interacting with people
and might live a happy life in domesticity, but not for very
long. They have a life span of only 1,000 days, so you might
want to include the cost of a replacement pet. Your total
cost of bringing home a hamster can easily be under $100.