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lindauk Avatar
6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
I'm going to get my children 2 Hamsters today. From what I understand they need to be Dwarf Hamsters so they don't fight..Is this right?

Also will this cage be ok for 2 to live?

Thanks
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u218/lindauk_photos/09042010602.jpg
banned#2
thats correct only some types can be kept together or they will fight to the death

cage will be fine
#3
Dwarf hamsters bite like crazy (not each other). I had one when I was small, just kept biting me :?
#4
I've heard Dwarh Hamsters can be evil. But says they just need to be handled loads to keep them tame.

Thanks.
#5
yeah i used to have a little russian hamster someone gave up on, it used to bite like mad for atleast 2 wks so could only be handled with gloves. he was very nice once tame though ;-)

chinese hamsters are good too, can't remember if they can live together though but nice tempered and chew the bars less. good luck
#6
Get gerbils instead, a lot lot lot easier to keep. Dont need cleaning as often, live in a "fish tank", are friendly and live longer.

Also much more entertaining.
#7
We had three russian hamsters all in a group....lived happily but need handling at least twice a day other wise they tend to turn nasty on their owners.
The cage looks great.make sure you buy lots of knawing toys for them to chew on........apple tree branches are good too.....and free if you know someeone with a tree!!
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#8
the__mayster
Get gerbils instead, a lot lot lot easier to keep. Dont need cleaning as often, live in a "fish tank", are friendly and live longer.

Also much more entertaining.


I would agreee with this comment Gerbils are much nicer and more friendly natured too !!
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#9
Yes dawrf hamsters can live with each other - I remember having to look up all the info when my daughter got hers. We ended just getting the Syrian hamster (1 of). She chose and was delighted getting to do so. Only thing I'd say is keep the cage somewhere out the way at night as they make a hell of a noise! I coud hear mine all the way down the stairs every night. Sadly its no longer with us :whistling:

Have fun with them though - kids will adore watching them.
#10
hamsters stink, id say give them £20 each and let them buy something decent

..they also sleep all day and are unbelievably boring and noisy at night
banned#11
whatsThePoint
Get sugar gliders instead, failing that get gerbils, failing that get poisonous snakes
Get anything but hamsters


get hamsters and snakes and be left with only snakes
#12
Floravada
I would agreee with this comment Gerbils are much nicer and more friendly natured too !!
:thumbsup:


I also chose gerbils ovwer hamsters as it makes more sense for the pets to be awake during the day - no point in having hamsters for children when the hamsters sleep all day and are awake all night - any responsble pet dealer/shop should highlight this
#13
i also chose gerbils over hamsters as there is not much point in buying children hamsters when the hamsters sleep all day and are awake all night but any responsible pet shop/dealer should highlight this fact - gerbils also live in pairs and we have had almost 3 years now with ours
#14
i had two gerbils and they were great little pets
#15
i had a hamster as i child and i must admit it took me all of a week to get fed up of it infact i realised it wasnt in the cage one day and was told by my mum it had died 2 weeks prior whoops lol. goes to show how much i bothered with it lol.

i then had 2 guinea pigs and thoses where great i loved them to bits.

goodluck in whatever you decide to get but i can guarantee you kids will get fed up very quickly.

how about a pet rat they are much more friendly i know many people dont like them but they are much more friendly than any hamster.
#16
Thanks everyone.

Would a Gerbil be ok in the cage I have got?
#17
lindauk
Thanks everyone.

Would a Gerbil be ok in the cage I have got?


dont know. but a rat would.:)
#18
lindauk
Thanks everyone.

Would a Gerbil be ok in the cage I have got?


should be gerbils are pretty small are really good fun, although very quick haha
you might have to take the wheel out if you get gerbils as there tails can get caught

that cage is far to small for rats
#19
shedboy66
should be gerbils are pretty small are really good fun, although very quick haha

that cage is far to small for rats


it would be ok for one rat.
#20
i would just get one syrian hamster ive had about 20 probally more, they are very tame i used to have loads at a time in seperate cages loving pets !!

just dont put them in the same cage , ever !
#21
shedboy66
should be gerbils are pretty small are really good fun, although very quick haha
you might have to take the wheel out if you get gerbils as there tails can get caught

that cage is far to small for rats


I would never have thought about the tails, thanks

greyparrot
it would be ok for one rat.


I don't want a rat lol.
#22
lindauk
I would never have thought about the tails, thanks



I don't want a rat lol.



would also advise getting at least two gerbils to keep each other company of the same sex (for obvious reasons)
#23
lindauk
I would never have thought about the tails, thanks



I don't want a rat lol.


argh take it you dont like them lol. you would be surprised how fiendly they are. i had 2 as a child and then my 3 daughters had one each the only bad point with them is that they dont live long but i suppose hamsters dont either.
#24
my russian dwarf ate his brother wasnt nice only had a leg and his skull left
#25
csamual
my russian dwarf ate his brother wasnt nice only had a leg and his skull left


that happened with my mice baileys ate guiness, only a skeleton left and a tail :-( then baileys died the next day :-(
#26
Noodles :

http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac191/aah96/Photo-0232-1.jpg


extremly friendly, and tame

syrian banded hamster :)
#27
whatsThePoint
1 or 2 same sex gerbils would be fine but you would need to get metal end caps for the tube


good point even with the metal end caps my gerbils still munched through the tubes
#28
csamual
my russian dwarf ate his brother wasnt nice only had a leg and his skull left


OMG!! I can just imagine my kids faces if that happened lol.
#29
shedboy66
would also advise getting at least two gerbils to keep each other company of the same sex (for obvious reasons)


Would 2 Gerbils be ok in the cage I have tho?
#30
lindauk
Would 2 Gerbils be ok in the cage I have tho?


You need a "fish tank" kinda cage for them, as they link to dig etc.

One like http://www.freewebs.com/rabbitsnrodentscareinformation/-%20New%20Folder%20(2)/gerbilcage1.bmp

I think mine was about £60 but was a present from my GF so dont know the exact price. Gerbils would be better for kids, they are awake whenever they want to be, sleep in the day and in the night.

They like being where they can see people as they like to know what is going on, they come out to see you and that aswell. Most are easy to tame too.

I think i clean mine out about once a month, they are very clean animals.

The hamster i had i needed to clean once a week which was pain, she only ever woke in the day and all night she just attacked the bars (Even though she had a lot of toys etc). I would recommend a gerbil over a hamster, it would make your life easier as i guess you will need to help with the cleaning etc.
#31
the__mayster
You need a "fish tank" kinda cage for them, as they link to dig etc.



I think mine was about £60 but was a present from my GF so dont know the exact price. Gerbils would be better for kids, they are awake whenever they want to be, sleep in the day and in the night.

They like being where they can see people as they like to know what is going on, they come out to see you and that aswell. Most are easy to tame too.

I think i clean mine out about once a month, they are very clean animals.

The hamster i had i needed to clean once a week which was pain, she only ever woke in the day and all night she just attacked the bars (Even though she had a lot of toys etc). I would recommend a gerbil over a hamster, it would make your life easier as i guess you will need to help with the cleaning etc.


Aww they are cute. Sound more interesting than Hamsters too. But I have already bought the cage and accessories.

Its as if the know the camera is there and they are posing for a pic haha
#32
your cage will be fine, as one of the posters has said they are great pets and very nosey, mines liked to lie on their backs with their legs in air in the sun, you'll get alot of enjoyment out of gerbils, although mines had long prolonged deaths they lost alot of weight and were unable to jump climb etc, one actually died in my gf's hand as we were trying to keep it warm.

but defo go for gerbils you won't regret it - out of small pets i've had hamsters, gerbils and now got some rats but by far gerbils are the most entertaining
#33
lindauk
Aww they are cute. Sound more interesting than Hamsters too. But I have already bought the cage and accessories.

Its as if the know the camera is there and they are posing for a pic haha


There not mine, just a photo i grabbed but its the same tank. Mine are mouse like white with red eyes.

Even my dad who hates little things with tails (mice, gerbils, rats etc) likes getting them out and that so it would be good for you. Only thing is it a longer commitment as they live for longer.

With gerbils as soon as you go near the cage or open it they are out wanting to know what is going on, my hamster didnt ever seem to care, bar wanting to keep me up during nights before college exams and that.

I have also found that they are kind meerkat like when they are looking to know what is going on.

Mine do like to eat through things though, well one does and the other joins in. I dont know if they all do it, but put a loo roll tube in there and its gone quick. Means its hard to find toys sometimes, i find coffee jars are good, my two thinks if they hide in it you cant see them!
#34
we got a hamster 2 weeks ago. It is very tame and my girls 4 and 19 months LOVE her (so do I lol). She is awake in the day whenever my girls are about as they are so noisy. She comes out for a run early evening and runs tamely all over them.
#35
Hamsters don't live long that's the only problem.

My nieces died in January and she now has another Syrian one,she is 12 and absolutley loves them.

As above the Syrian ones are very tame.
#36
I ended up getting a Syrian. The woman at Pets at Home said my cage was no good for Dwarf Hamsters and Gerbils. Thanks everyone for your comments.

Say Hello to Perry lol.....
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u218/lindauk_photos/09042010603.jpg
#37
perry looks cool enjoy your pet
#38
ah very cute!
#39
csamual:
my russian dwarf ate his brother wasnt nice only had a leg and his skull left

aah96
that happened with my mice baileys ate guiness, only a skeleton left and a tail :-( then baileys died the next day :-(


Don't Do it, If you do be prepared for the worst to happen! Just get a Gunia Pig! not Hamsters or Gerbils, Even my son's Gerbil ate most of it's Friend!

Hamsters do fight, you will end up getting another cage if origanly you have two in the same on, Trust me! We had ours from Pets at Home, they fought had to put them in seperate cages, look forward to the vet's bill if you don't catch the fighting early!

Yes I love Pets to, but as Im getting older I think do I really need th hassle.:roll:
#40
Get some roborovski hamsters, we had 8 at one point as the 2 I bought got a little busy :p

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e234/cwalkinchyk/roborovski_hamsters-1.jpg

Cutest Hamsters IMO

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