We Hamsters available today are from 5 species: Syrian hamsters, Roborovski dwarf hamster, Chinese hamsters, Campbells dwarf hamsters and winter white dwarf.
Largest and most popular hamster available
Highly solitary & must live alone. Usually live around 2/3 years.
3 different types (Roborovski, winter white & Campbells)
Can live together if introduced at young age but they very rarely stay together after sexual maturity. They must be split if fighting occurs. Most hamsters today, unless purchased from a breeder are hybrids. Hybrids are mix between winter white and campbells. They are very prone to diabetes so should be kept on a strict, no sugar diet to prevent this.
Solitary and must be kept alone. Chinese hamsters make great pets due to their huge personality and high intelligence. They are hard to get hold of nowadays though.
Here are some cages available on the market that meet rescue minimum requirements (80cmx50cmx40cm).
To the right are examples of some of our hamsters setups here at the rescue.
Barney (100 x 54 x 45 cm (L x W x H).
Alaska (84 x 48.5 x 44 cm (L x W x H).
Small Pet Terrarium Kerry (75x45x37cm).
Alexander (101 x 52.5 x 51 cm (L x W x H)).
Savic Hamster Heaven (80x50x50cm)
Zoozone 2 ;100xW51xH37cm. (The top of this cage would have to be meshed to prevent hamsters escaping as the gaps are too large)
Ferplast duna multy 71x46x31.5cm (This is a great cage for mice and dwarf hamsters)
Ferplast duna multy maxi 99x51.5x36cm
Ikea Detolf 43x163xm
A commercial mix makes a great base for the hamsters diet. However, small additives such as small slices of fresh fruit/veg should be given.
Here at the rescue we use a mix of Harry Hamster and Supreme Mr Johnsons mix for our Syrian hamsters. We then add oats, linseed, flaxseed and hemp. Elderly hamsters and diabetic hamsters are on specialist mixes. For our dwarf hamsters we used burgess dwarf hamster harvest. If you need any info on what is best to feed your small animal, please feel free to drop us an email.
Safe foods: Apricot, asparagus, banana, basil, bean sprouts, blackberry, blueberry, broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, celery, Cherries (no stones), coconut, coriander, corn on the cob, cranberry, cress, Cucumber, dates, grapes(seedless), green beans, kiwi, kale, mango, parsley, peach, pear, peas, pepper(red, yellow, green), plum, cooked potato/sweet potato, sage, spinach, raspberry, runner beans, Strawberry, Sweetcorn, swede, turnip, watercress, watermelon, butternut squash, starfruit, Chickweed, clover, cress, dandelion flower/leaves, rose petals, Almonds(no shell), baby food without onion/garlic additives, biscuits (rich tea etc), boiled potato, brazil nuts, cat biscuits, Cat meat, cereals (no sugars), cashew nuts, chicken (plain&cooked), cheese, coconut, crickets, currents, dog biscuits (mine love bonios, denta rask, milk bones), egg (boiled/scrambled), cooked fish, mealworms, millet spray, pasta (cooked/dry), nuts (monkey, pecan etc, raisins, toast (mine LOVE it!), turkey, walnuts & wholemeal bread.
Dangerous foods: Chili, garlic, ragwort, acorns, kidney beans, onion, spring onion, sweets, tomato & leaves, rhubarb leaves, citrus & cayenne.
Small animal chocolate drops (zooplus, Amazon)
Banana chips (zooplus)
Shrimp cookies (pets at home)
Crock complete Apple (zooplus)
JR wholemeal fruit cookies (zooplus)
Oat bites (zooplus)
Rosewood Naturals Strawberry Sticks (Amazon)
Rosewood boredom breakers, natural carrot wood roll
Willow fun balls
Apple tree branch
Grass chew mat (amazon)
There are lots of substrates readily available for your hamster.
Here is a list of safe substrates/bedding you can use.
DO NOT use `fluffy bedding`. You can buy this from most pet shops and it is extremely dangerous. Its thin fibres can wrap around hamsters limbs, causing lack of blood flow and occasionally having to have amputation. Fluffy bedding also cannot be digested so if your hamster was to pouch this bedding and swallow some, it can get clogged and cause serious problems such as prolapse. AVOID!
Safe bedding material:
Shredded toilet roll - Rather cheap and by far the safest bedding to use.
Megazorb - Wood pulp. Can be dusty.
Hemp (Aubiose) -
Paper based cat litter/wood based cat litter -
Carefresh - Wood pulp based.
Finacard - Shredded cardboard.
Fitch - recycled paper bedding.
Back2nature - I use this for my mice and longhaired hamsters.