We choose our new Syrian hamster from Pets at Home and set up her new cage. Music by Kevin Macleod.
Nearly all of today’s Syrian hamsters are said to have come from a group of wild hamsters captured in Aleppo, Syria. These hamsters were taken to a laboratory in Jerusalem to study their behaviour. The lab workers found them to be friendly and easy to look after so took some home and that is probably the first instance of hamsters being kept as pets. The lab workers also sent hamsters to other laboratories around the world and by 1946 hamsters were a very popular pet. Today only dogs, cats, fish and rabbits can claim to be more popular than hamsters.
Hamsters were introduced as pets in the late 1940s. Originally from Syria, Hamsters became popular because of their easy maintenance, odorless living, and disease resistance. They are cute, cuddly, and small. They can make ideal pets for apartment living and for children. If you would like to bring a hamster into your home, there are a few things you should consider when picking out your new furry friend.
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Now I know I said about getting a rescue hamster or an abandoned ham of some kind well after a week of searching high and low everywhere within a 20 mile radius of my home, I was still coming up with nothing and I was beginning to get impatient – a character flaw I apologise. So I made a few phone calls to the local pet stores to see if they had any syrians for adoption or any that just weren’t selling. On my third phone call, a Pets at Home, not my local one, had a little boy hamster they were keeping out back for some reason. They said if I wanted to go and have a look at him, I was welcome to. So off I went and eventually ended up at the store.After may I will be buying my first Syrian hamster, before I've only ever owned dwarfs. As I have time to plan, I've been buying products to set up the hamsters cage.
I went to pets at home to buy a few things along with my mother. I looked and saw a few wheels that honestly looked back breaking to a Syrian so I decided not to go for a wheel. The only other thing was a flying saucer, after looking it over I settled for a medium flying saucer and brought it home.
However looking at it in my hands... I feel it is way too small for a Syrian, but now I have a huge problem. At Pets at home I couldn't find a good wheel at all. All I saw was "Pick and mix wheel" that I had no stand for, along with small wheels that looked like it would hurt anyone's back. Pets at home is the only store actually near to me that I'm allowed to buy my pet items from. Ordering online is out of my reach as apparently to my parents everything online is a 'scam'. The only actual wheel I've seen in my Pets at home that seems remotely usable is this: The most common variety is the Syrian hamster, which is also known as the Golden hamster (see Table: ). This name comes from the coloring of the animal in its original wild home. Today, pet owners can find Syrian hamsters in many color and coat varieties. Other varieties kept as pets include the Russian dwarf hamster, Chinese hamster, and the European hamster (which is uncommon in the United States).Syrian hamsters, the most common pet hamster, are an excellent choice simply because they are generally confined to a small living space. As such, they do not have constant interaction with the home environment. (If you do have a dander allergy, you still may be allergic to the hamster.) The same is true for pets such as gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, chinchillas and rats. Syrian hamsters were discovered in Syria, but received their “hamster” name for the German word hamstern, which means The Syrian hamster is a nocturnal animal and prefers digging, scraping, and running on its wheel in the middle of the night.