Syrian Hamster (Golden hamster)
The Syrian hamster is a rodent, which belongs to the Cricetinae family. Syrian Hamster also is known as the Golden Hamster or Teddy Bear Hamster. They are very common house pets in the western world. They originate from Aleppo Syria, in 1930.
How do Syrian Hamsters look like?
Syrian hamsters are a small rodent, which is 5-7 inches long with a small tail. A fully grown Syrian hamster can weigh 120-125 grams. These furry pets have small legs, stout body, and wide feet. They have small ears covered with fur, which look like tulips. Due to their golden brown color, they also name Golden Hamsters.
Popular pet for all ages
Syrian hamsters are popular pets for people of all ages mostly for kids. They are friendly and you can easily train them. You can handle them very easily because they are not so fast movers.
Compare to other hamsters, Syrians hamsters are unsociable pets and they will be happy if you keeping them alone. They don’t like to live with other hamsters, so if you will try to keep them together, they may fight or kill each other. It is recommended do not try to keep another hamster with the Syrian hamster.
You must keep Syrian hamsters alone because they are territorial mammals and they will start fighting with each other once they have touched maturity, which is 8-12 weeks. Syrian hamsters are not best to keep in pairs and groups.
Syrian Hamsters Nocturnal
Syrian hamsters are nocturnal; they spent most of the day time sleeping in their cage and spend night time actively playing with their exercise wheel. They can become the best pets for those who want to spend evening time with their pets. If you go to bed early, then these are not good for you.
Hamsters have a short life expectancy. They just live 2-3 years. If your child will attach with his pet, it will very hard for him to bear the death of his lovely hamster after a few years.
Other names of Syrian hamsters
You have listened to different names for hamsters. Fancy bear hamster, Black bear hamster, Teddy bear hamster, Golden hamsters are different names that are used for Syrian hamsters because of their colors and patterns. An example is Black Bears and this name is used for Syrian hamsters with black fur.
How to care for Syrian hamsters?
Syrian hamster’s care is very easy and there is no reason not to care for your pet. They can become friendly with daily handling and care. They are solitary pets but are friendly towards you if you adopt them.
You should spend more time with your hamsters and provide them their toys to entertain them. Few hamsters’ toys are toilet roll tubes, cereal boxes, and cardboard boxes.
If your hamster is sleeping, don’t try to wake him because he may get frightened. Like all other hamsters, Syrian hamsters groom themselves. They are clean and tidy pets.
Food of Syrian hamsters
You should provide your hamster good balanced diet. A good diet includes a high-quality hamster mix, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Most of the fruits and vegetables are good for your hamster but few are very dangerous foods for your hamsters. Healthy fresh foods include apples, pears, carrots, broccoli, etc. But on the other hand, citrus fruits are harmful to hamsters because these are acidic.
Fresh fruits are healthy for your hamsters, but not to feed them daily because excess vegetables and fruits can cause stomach upset.
You should keep a water bottle in your hamster cage and replace water with fresh water on a daily basis. You fill their food bowl with hamster mix, fresh vegetables, and fruits.
You should provide a small amount of treats to your hamsters, once or twice a week. Some healthy treats of hamsters are hard to boil eggs, timothy hay, cottage cheese, and sunflower seeds.
Housing and Bedding of hamsters
Syrian hamsters are solitary animals and they like to live alone from 4-5 weeks of age. You have different options for the housing of your hamsters. The best option is a hamster cage, and you can buy a cage in different sizes. Your hamster should have a large area with plenty of bedding because hamsters are burrowing pets.
Bigger cage or housing is the best option because it is proven that a small area can make a hamster chronically stressed. So you have to provide them a bigger area to live happily and healthy. The cage of hamsters should be high enough and bigger.
The bedding of the hamster should be comfortable and safe. The best and cheaper option for bedding material can be toilet paper and wood shavings. Never use cotton or wool for bedding because they can swallow it.
You can provide an exercise wheel to your hamster because they love their wheel to exercise. They spend most of the time running on their exercise wheel.
Chewing or gnawing material should be provided to hamsters because like all other rodents hamsters also need this type of material. Their teeth continuously grow, so for gnawing wooden chews are best for them.
Your hamster will love to play with toys, so provide them their toys to keep them happy, otherwise, they will get bore. It is very important to provide your hamster with mental stimulation and exercise to keep them pleased.
Colors of Syrian hamsters
Syrian hamsters come in different beautiful colors: gray, Beige, black, cream, yellow, red, white and mixture of different colors.
Patterns of Syrian hamsters
Banded pattern: you will see a band of white fur around their body.
Dominant Spot: you will find a white hamster with colored spots.
Piebald: it is a hamster that has colored coat dotted with white spots all over his body.
Tortoiseshell: these are two colored hamsters with two primary color tones in their coat.
Roan: they have coloration sprayed around the head area.
Syrian hamsters can make excellent friends. You will find that Syrian hamsters are great pets and they are easy to look after.
Before adopting a Syrian hamster you should know their needs and commitments. It is very important to think that this is the pet you dedicate time, money or space.