Most people probably shouldn’t have pet capybaras. But a handful of people consider these “giant hamsters” to be the best pets ever.
Diarrhea and other illnesses can cause hamsters to become dehydrated rapidly. If your pet becomes dehydrated, your veterinarian may need to provide fluid treatment.
Certain antibiotics can cause problems with hamsters’ digestive tracts, so your pet may not tolerate these medications. Do not use antibiotic creams or other medications containing antibiotics on your hamster without specific directions from your veterinarian. Using antibiotics on your hamster could endanger your pet’s life.
Ready, set, go – compete in a hamster show near you. By Nichole Royer
Is a hamster the right pet for you
Although the term “hamster” refers to about 24 species of small rodents, there are only about five found in the pet market. Below is a list of the most common types found as pets.Chinese The Chinese have a length of 4-5 inches and are also known as striped, gray, or rat-tailed hamsters. They are dark gray with a dark stripe down the back and have a longer tail than other hamsters. They can live 2 1/2 – 3 years and can happily live alone. This cute rodent can be quite gentle and can make a terrific pet. Syrian Syrians are large hamsters and can grow to 6-7 inches long. They are usually golden brown with a white belly, but are available in a wide variety of colors and types of hair. The long-haired is often called the Teddy Bear hamster. They live about 2 – 2 1/2 years, often prefer to live alone, and tend to make very good pets. This is the most common type of pet hamster.Since they sleep during the day, they are active at night when most people are home. A hamster can be a wonderful family member and an excellent pet.Hamsters as Pets Hamsters have no detectable body odor. They are inexpensive to buy and outside of cage cleaning and proper food are relatively maintenance free. These adorable rodents are subject to very few health problems and diseases. I know some people think of hamsters as a pet for a child, but hamsters require the attention of an adult because children can be very rough with these small guys. They also require certain care that children may not be able to give them.