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Hamster

  1. 1. Hamster<br />Hamster Facts:Average adult size: 4 to 5 inches long<br />Average life span: up to 2-3 years with<br />proper care<br />Diet: omnivores*Short-haired, long-haired, hairless<br />and European hamsters are clean and<br />captivating companion animals that<br />are best kept individually<br />
  2. 2. Shopping listfor needed supplies<br />…appropriately sized habitat<br />…book about hamsters<br />…high quality hamster food<br />…treats<br />…bedding<br />…nesting fluff<br />…food bowl/water bottle<br />……exercise wheel<br />hideaway place<br />…toys<br />…wood chews<br />…mineral chews<br />…chew tubes<br />…vitamins<br />
  3. 3. CARESHEET<br />
  4. 4. DIET<br /><ul><li>a well-balanced hamster diet consists of:
  5. 5. High-quality hamster pellets and limited amounts of grains, vegetables, fruits and timothy hay.
  6. 6. Clean, fresh, filtered,</li></ul>chlorine-free water, changed daily.<br /><ul><li>Do not feed chocolate, caffeine or alcohol as these can cause serious medical conditions. Avoid sugar and high fat treats.</li></li></ul><li>FEEDING<br />Fresh food and water should always be available.<br />Limited amounts of grains, vegetables, fruits or timothy hay can be given daily.<br /> Vegetables and fruits not eaten within 24 hours should be discarded.<br />Remember, treats should not exceed 10% of total food intake.<br />
  7. 7. HOUSING<br />Hamsters acclimate well to average household temperatures, not to exceed 80°F; be cautious of extreme temperature changes.<br />The habitat should never be in direct sunlight or in a drafty area.<br />Habitat should be plastic, metal or glass, escape proof with solid bottom; there should be plenty of room for the hamster to exercise and play.<br />It is best to provide the largest habitat possible.<br />
  8. 8. HOUSING #2<br /> 1-2 inches of bedding<br />should be placed in<br />the habitat; proper<br />bedding includes high<br />quality paper bedding,<br />crumbled paper<br />bedding, or hardwood<br />shavings. cedar-based<br />products are not recommended<br />.<br />House adult hamsters<br />separately. Different<br />types of small animals<br />should not be housed<br />together.<br />
  9. 9. NORMAL BEHAVIOR<br />play during the night<br />and rest during the day<br />(nocturnal) but can adjust<br />to your schedule.<br />easy to handle but may<br />nip if suddenly awakened<br />from a nap or<br />startled.<br />chews on objects to<br />maintain incisor teeth,<br />which grow continuously;<br />ensure have plenty of<br />wood chew sticks.<br />
  10. 10. HABITAT MAINTENANCE<br />clean the habitat and its<br />contents at least once a<br />week with mild soap and<br />water, rinse and allow to<br />dry completely before<br />placing the hamster<br />back into the habitat.<br />remove wet spots daily;<br />change bedding at least<br />once a week, or more<br />often as necessary.<br />
  11. 11. GROOMING&HYGIENE<br />Hamsters stay clean and rarely need baths, but can be spot cleaned<br />with a damp washcloth or unscented baby wipes, if needed. Hamsters enjoy an occasional dust bath. Hairless hamsters benefit from a small amount of unscented baby oil rubbed into their skin to keep it soft. Consult with a veterinarian if a hamster’s teeth or nails seem too long<br />.<br />
  12. 12. SIGNS OF A HEALTHY ANIMAL<br />active, alert, and sociable<br />eats and drinks regularly<br /> healthy fur and clear eyes<br />• breathing is clear and<br />walks normally<br />• it is normal for a<br />hamster’s teeth to be<br />yellow; cleaning is not<br />necessary.<br />
  13. 13. HAMSTER ACCESSORIES<br />
  14. 14. NATURAL TYPES OF BEDDING<br />
  15. 15. COMMONTYPES OF HAMSTERS<br />Syrian-chinese-winter white-<br />
  16. 16. COMMONTYPES OF HAMSTERS<br />CAMPBELLS-ROBOROVSKI-<br />
  17. 17. OTHER TYPES OF HAMSTERS<br />Giant HamstersEuropean Field Hamster<br />Medium HamstersGolden Hamster<br />Rumanian Hamster<br />Turkish Hamster<br />Ciscaucasian Hamster<br />Dwarf HamsterCampbell's Russian Dwarf Hamster<br />Winter White Russian Dwarf Hamster<br />Roborovski's Hamster<br />Rat-like HamstersChinese Hamster<br />Chinese Striped Hamster<br />Lesser Long Tailed Hamster<br />Tibetan Ratlike Hamster<br />Grey Ratlike Hamster<br />KamRatlike Hamster<br />Sokolov'sRatlike Hamster<br />Mongolian Hamster<br />Kazakh Hamster<br />Gansu Hamster<br />Greater Long Tailed Hamster<br />Mouse-like HamstersZagros Mountains Mouse-like Hamster<br />Baluchi Mouse-like Hamster<br />Goodman's Mouse-like Hamster<br />Zykov's Mouse-like Hamster<br />Noble Mouse-like Hamster<br />Hotson's Mouse-like Hamster<br />Great Balkhan Mouse-like Hamster<br />Tsolov's Mouse-like Hamster<br />Urar Mouse-like Hamster<br />

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