Dwarf hamster facts are literally everywhere on the internet. You may also get it from the vets near your house, or simply from fellow owners. But then, there goes the dilemma:
You’ve heard various different answers from different sources and trust me, that much amount of overloaded information will get you nowhere but confusion. Have you ever been in that position?
Because I’ve did. And I can say I was pretty much lost. After going against storms of tips and tricks I could not process at all, I stumbled upon this one veterinarian whose house is just a couple of blocks away from my parents’.
Meeting her opened up my mind about all the tangled questions running through my head. And just as important as a dog or cat, hamster could be something you’re worrying the most right now. So when all those listicles about dwarf hamster care get you more puzzled, I’d like to save you from that hazard, with my hamster edition of Ask the Expert.
Nah, the best part is yet to come. Our family secret hamster expert(s) a.k.a veteran hamster owners and some vets me and my friends frequently visit shared what they had to say about these most commonly asked questions of Dwarf Hamster.
If you've got a question you can't find the answer to, or if everyone's saying different things, worry not! Our hamster expert gives advice based on experience of what has really worked for people, so you know you are getting the right information.
Here we go, peeps!
- 1. Dwarf Hamster almost cost you nothing
- 2. The tiny pet can be your sweetest vegetarian company
- 3. The rodent baby can be your night-owl’s buddy
- 4. You won’t need a whole room as the Dwarf’s playground
- 5. They are the real definition of “adorable”
- 6. The pocket pet is less rowdy
- 7. They can groom themselves just well
- 8. All they need are simple toys
- 9. They do not smell
- 10. Less prone to health issues
- 11. Why do Russian Dwarf squeak or bite?
- 12. Your Dwarf hamster can go into hibernation
- 13. They only take a bit of socializing
- 14. This Dwarf hamster enjoys living a solitary life
- 15. Adorable Campbell’s babies are Mongol’s autumn born
- 16. They have better parenting skill than other hamsters
- 17. Campbell’s Dwarf isn’t entirely vegetarian
- 18. These hamsters might as well reborn as athletes
- 19. Campbell’s vs Djungarian Dwarf hamster
Dwarf Hamster almost cost you nothing
Well, definitely. If your hamster is healthy like a little furry baby. While adopting a cat or dog can rob your bank account, getting the mini hamster from a pet shelter serves you otherwise. When you adopt a puppy or kitten from animal shelters or pet store, you must be prepared to pay around $300 to over $1500.
However, things go the other way around if your hamster is suffering from sickness. Like a cat’s treatment, taking care of a sick hamster can cost you more than $300.
The tiny pet can be your sweetest vegetarian company.
I know. Dwarf Hamster isn’t an all-round vegans. They are actually the omnivore type. Veggies and fruits should be the staple hamster food of any Dwarf Hamster diet. They contain the right amount of nutrients for a healthy hamster.
Certain breeds also consume hamster formula based on veterinary diets recommended by their vets. Feeding your small rodent the right food is essential for their growth and survival. For example, apple is safe to consume but not apple seed. They’re also allowed to eat dry foods, such as wild bird food.
Notice how crucial these knowledges are? Here’s the food list that should not be consumed:
The rodent baby can be your night-owl’s buddy.
Looks like those who have insomnia have found the perfect night buddy for them. Dwarf hamster is actually crepuscular, some of them are relatively active during the day yet have shorter sleeping time than humans. And while that has nothing to do with your insomnia, some Dwarf Hamsters are quite active at night, mostly using their exercise wheel. During times when you can’t sleep, you can consider playing with them ‘till you get sleepy.
This also helps you bond with your baby hamster. But if you ain’t an insomniac, it’s better to keep them in a separate area. Well, unless you can sleep with all their squeaking.
You won’t need a whole room as the Dwarf’s playground.
Sounds obvious but this species requires less space compared to your pups and kitties. All you need is a small cage placed on the corner of the house, smaller than normal hamsters. Provide habitat accessories such as sand bath, hamster wheel, bedding and toys. Then, you’re all set. No need to get the whole room dirty and messy.
They are the real definition of “adorable”
What else is adorable when compared to a ball of fluff that stands on the palm of your hand? Okay, dogs and cats may be cute. But who would not want little fluff butts and fuzzy fur? Their shape itself can make people smile. Also, they are extremely goofy!
The pocket pet is less rowdy
They are less rowdy than dogs or cats. The only noises you will hear from Dwarf Hamsters are squeaks, the sound of them biting their cage, and the sound of wheel running. All that, is still less rowdy compared to one dog barking.
They can groom themselves just well.
Say goodbye to grooming supplies! No need to worry about finding a way to clean this tiny creature. The Dwarf family clean themselves well and never require bath. If you still worry about their hygiene, you can give them a quick baby wipe.
All they need are simple toys
They love to explore and play — like, a lot. For that, all you need is maze – like toys that has holes and tunnels for hide and seek. You really don’t have to spend a lot on these. Having natural wood chew toys or other suitable hamster toys for them to keep the hamster’s teeth in check.
They do not smell
Kitties or puppies smell most of the time while Hamsters do not smell too much except if they are not cleaned. They have very little odor as long as you clean their cage.
Less prone to health issues>
Believe it or not, Dwarf Hamsters are less prone to health issues compared to dogs and cats. There are only a few serious health problems that you might encounter when raising one, which are:
* Wet tail – this one is a serious health problem and is caused by bacteria, be sure to check for signs of this occasionally.
* Dental problems – example of this is overgrown teeth (front teeth is too long). Dental care should normally be able to solve this problem
Why do Russian Dwarf squeak or bite?Russian Dwarf Hamster breed are more likely to squeak or bite when they are scared, shocked, and frightened. They felt threatened and will bite instinctively. Of course, this won’t happen to tamed-hamsters generally. Nonetheless, anything excessive is never good. A continuous, non-stop squeaking from your hamster should not be ignored.
For example, if you have two hamsters caged together and one of them squeaks non-stop, it might be a sign that one is not comfortable living together with the other. On the other hand, continuous cage biting might be a sign that they want to go out of the cage. Non-stop squeaking doesn’t always mean bad though. It could be a sign that they are happy and excited, wanting to communicate with its surroundings.
Your Dwarf hamster can go into hibernationDwarf hamsters usually hibernate when put in a cold place, but you really don’t want your hamster to go into hibernation. They might die due to exposure to the cold and dehydration. Since Winter Whites originated from a cold area, they normally do not go into a hibernation. The moment you see your hamster sleeping too long, it is advised for you to try and wake them up.
Better if you could bring them to the vet as it could be sign of health issues. Now, let’s switch the lane and learn these adorable secrets of Campbell’s Dwarf hamster!
They only take a bit of socializing
Yes, you might’ve heard of how nice Dwarf hamsters are compared to other breeds. However, Campbell’s would never be as nice as Winter White. Though, they aren’t too selfish. Unlike Syrian Hamsters, Campbell hamsters are quite social in their own species and same sex pairs or groups can be kept together.
They tend to bond with others closely and generally for life. However, it is important to introduce them to each other when they’re still young. It is not advised to introduce adult hamsters to the group. These hamsters are a popular choice for pet, but they are seen to exhibit a less friendly behavior when compared to other hamster breeds.
They are likely to be territorial towards their cage and have a habit of gripping or giving hamsters bite when angered. Since Campbell’s are small and fast, they can be difficult to handle, particularly for young kids. Still, these hamsters can be tamed through time, but it requires much patience and love.
This Dwarf hamster enjoys living a solitary life
Hamsters in general are solitary animals. Thus, pet owners need to be careful while putting them in a group. Before living together in one cage, hamsters need to be properly introduced to one another. And if you fail to do so, it can lead to grave injuries due to them being violent to each other.
As already mentioned above, you can put them in pairs if they’ve been introduced at a young age. If you own a hamster pair and one of them dies, don’t bring a new member to that cage as it’s almost impossible that they will get along. Also, hamsters bond well if they don’t have to share foods. To help your hamster deal with the death of another, you should play with that furry ball more and offer them new toys.
It is a bad idea to pair male hamsters with female. This could lead to unwanted pregnancy issues. Even though neutering and spaying of hamsters is an available option, it is only suggested in case of any health problem that is putting your hamster’s life at risk.
Adorable Campbell’s babies are Mongol’s autumn born
Campbell hamsters reach their age of sexual maturity when they are around 4 to 5 weeks old. However, it is advised for hamster breeding to be done when they are at least 3 months old. It’s because when females give birth early, some of her litters may be unhealthy or they might abandon and even destroy their litter due to stress.
When your female hamster is pregnant, make sure to do pet care by cleaning the cage and removing any wheel or toy from it. Don’t touch the cage for two weeks after the birth of the babies.
Also after the birth of the babies, don’t lay a hand on them or try to move ‘em. Getting your scent on babies can be dangerous as that could lead to mother hamster abandoning them.
Like other breeds, Campbell hamsters babies are born naked, blind, and deaf. By day 5, you will start witnessing light coat of fur over them. When they are one week old, their color become visible and hamster teeth appear from the gums.
Their eyes will start to open around the 14th day. Baby hamsters should be separated from their mother only when they are at least 4 weeks old.
They have better parenting skill than other hamsters.
Ever heard of mama hamster eating her own litter? I’ve talked about that previously, and though it is solely because she needs more room for her other litters, sometimes you just found it ironic.
Female hamsters come in heat or estrus every four days. This is the time they are receptive to male and are fertile. Within 24 hours of giving birth, they are able to get pregnant again. There are various signs that might suggest your female hamster is pregnant such as she starts hoarding food and gets more aggressive.
The gestation period of female hamsters is around 18 to 21 days and if you have observed the mating, expected date of birth could be guessed. Females give birth usually during night, evening or early morning time. Male hamsters are often banished by female from the dwarf hamster cages couple of days before/after birth.
The birthing process takes several hours and is exhausting for the mother hamster. Yet she remains protective of her litter. She gathers them under her body while she’s nursing them. Provide food mixes to mama hamster that is rich in protein and fat.
Campbell’s Dwarf isn’t entirely vegetarian
People often believe that dwarf hamsters are vegetarian but hey, that’s not true. They are actually omnivores. If you check out the ingredients of hamster meal available in pet shop, it would be comprised of fish, chicken or even beef. Meat is an amazing source of protein and you should feed it to your hamsters. The perfect diet for your hamster would be one that is close to what they’d eat in the wild which includes fresh veggies and mealworms.
These hamsters might as well reborn as athletes
Unlike lazy-ass humans, hamster loves to run. Like, so much. In fact, they can actually run up to 6 miles at night on their exercise wheel. They basically need to exercise since they love to eat. If your hamster overeats and doesn’t exercise, they can gain unnecessary weight that potentially triggers certain sickness, such as diabetes and heart attack.
To protect them against those illnesses, it is vital for them to exercise on a wheel or a hamster ball. Nah, do you see how important is a hamster wheel for them now?
In case if a hamster doesn’t get enough exercise or is kept in a too small hamster home, it might even get paralyzed. A paralyzed hamster can be identified as it sits in a hunched way and faces problems in moving its hind legs. Lack of exercise and movement can also cause your hamster to get stressed and this can lead to serious health problems like wet tail and shorter lifespan.
Campbell’s vs Djungarian Dwarf hamster
Even though dwarf Campbells and Djungarian hamsters – or you may know it as Winter White – look alike, it possible to tell them apart. Djungarian hamster got a circular, wide face with large eyes that are wide-set. Ears are rounded out. Campbell hamsters have a sharper face with small eyes that are close-set. Ears are in an upright position.
Another difference is the color of their coat which separates their belly from their top body. If Campbell hamsters has beige fur, Djungarian hamsters, in the other hand, has darker coat. It’s usually gray or brown.