|There are several things that you need to take into consideration when choosing a hamster. Consider each one carefully to ensure you make the correct decision for yourself, your family and your new pet. |
Your personal and family circumstances will play an important part in your decision on what species of hamster to buy. Syrian Hamsters make ideal first pets but they will not tolerate other hamsters so need to be housed alone, where as Roborovski Hamsters are not suitable for children, are not easily handled but are very entertaining to watch. You should research the different species of hamster that are commonly kept as pets, to ensure you choose the correct one for you and your family.
Male or Female
If your hamster is just going to be a family pet and you are not buying one for breeding purposes, it doesn't really matter if you get a male or a female. However, it is important that when you go to choose a hamster, they must be separated by sex. If they are not or the seller cannot tell the sex of the hamsters, then they should be avoided as you run the risk of buying a pregnant female.
Selecting a Hamster
When you have decided that you are going to get a hamster and where you are going to get it from, then all you need to do is choose it!
When choosing a hamster you should look at all the hamsters in the cage and make sure that they all appear healthy. The cage should be clean, there should be plenty of food and water and the hamsters should be well cared for.
Make sure the hamsters are alert and active and that they have a firm, rounded body. They should be at least 5 - 6 weeks old and their nose, eyes, ears and back end should be clean. Avoid hamsters that are very thin or grossly overweight, those that show signs of ill health and those that are nervous when handled.