Common Myths About Hamsters

Hamsters are cute, small, and fun. But even though they’re easier to care for than larger animals, they still have certain care needs to stay safe and healthy. Before you add a hamster to your pet family, make sure you’re aware of what they’re like as pets.

Here’s a look at some common myths and misconceptions about hamsters.

All Hamster Can Live Together

If you’re thinking about getting more than one hamster, you might be under the impression you can just get one cage to house them together. Well, that may be true for some species of hamsters, but it’s not true for all. Syrian hamsters, for example, can’t live together if they’re 5 weeks of age or older. This species is very territorial and they will fight to protect their space; in some cases to the death.

Other species of hamsters may live well in the same cage if they’re introduced to the space and each other early enough. But there’s always a chance fighting can occur. To prevent this, give each hamster his own cage, no matter what the species.

Hamsters Don’t Bite

Hamsters can bite, but so can all animals if they’re provoked. Hamsters have very poor eyesight and often rely on their teeth to explore.

Animal behavior is unpredictable. You may get a hamster that will never nip you and you may get one that will. There’s no way to predict beforehand. One way to help avoid being bit is to make sure he’s completely awake before you pick him up, and keep your hands away from his mouth.

Different Colors = Different Personalities

Many people are under the assumption that a hamster’s color dictates personality. For instance, white hamsters might be considered more easygoing. But this isn’t true. Color doesn’t dictate temperament; breeding does. Hamsters are bred for good temperament, so their coat colors won’t clue you in to their personalities.

For hamster care and advice, visit your Pet Supermarket store.