Hamster Care: Species Overview
There are many varieties of hamsters, and they vary in characteristics and look based on their type. All hamsters have approximately the same lifespan and require similar care.
Different species of hamsters should not live in the same cage. Pet hamsters generally live singly. Adult females and males are aggressive toward one another. If you have multiple hamsters (of the same species) in one cage, be sure to house only one gender. If you have mixed genders in one habitat, you will have hamster babies soon.
Three Most Common Types of Hamsters
- Syrian hamsters: these are the most common type of pets. Hamster Care. The Syrian hamster should be housed as one to a cage, or they will fight. They are tame and easy to handle.
- Dwarf hamsters: these hamsters are social and can house with others of the same species. Hamster Care. Be sure to introduce the pair at a young age. These hamsters are fast and agile.
- Chinese hamsters: these hamsters are similar in size to a dwarf hamster. Hamster Care. Chinese hamsters sometimes get along with other Chinese hamsters, but not always. They are friendly, quick, and agile.
- Use caution when handling pets and remember they may bite or scratch (especially when stressed).
- Supervise children around pets.
- ALL ANIMALS can potentially carry viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases contagious to humans.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with warm, soapy water before and after contact with any pet or its habitat.
- Adults should assist children with handwashing after contact with a pet, its habitat, or aquarium water.