The Complete Guide to Choosing Your First Pet Hamster
Thinking about a pet for the first time? Consider a hamster. They are small, easy to care for, and unbelievably cute! Most people might rather own a dog but they are larger than hamsters and may not be the best pet for you if you've never had one before. The first thing you should do before you choose a hamster is to figure out why you want one. Is it because you like the idea of having a pet? Is it because you need some company? Whichever it is, it's best to choose one that will make a pet that’s easy to take care of such as the Syrian hamster. If you have a number of pets at home, it's also best to choose one that won't pose any risk to the other animals.
Choosing the right hamster as your first pet can be a daunting task. There are so many different types of hamsters and so many features to take into consideration like the color, size, etc.
That’s why we’re here! We’ll help you decide how to choose your first pet hamster. But first let's get to know some fun facts about hamsters in general.
Get to know hamsters
Hamsters are part of the rodent family, which includes all the types of animals we commonly know such as mice, rats, and squirrels. They are small animals, typically weighing between 60 and 100 grams and can measure up to 11cm long. Hamsters have strong, long hind legs that allow them to run at a high speed. The bottoms of their feet are covered with fur, or hair. This keeps the heat from escaping their bodies. Hamsters don't have very good eyesight, and they rely on their senses of smell and hearing. Since they are nocturnal animals, they sleep during the day and wake up at night. A hamster's average life span is about two to three years, although it could be longer if it receives good care.