Why Can’t I Have a Robo as My First Hamster?

I am not saying that you cannot have a roborovski as your first hamster, but I strongly do not recommend it. Here are the reasons why.

Have you ever wondered why the smaller the hamster, the harder they are to tame and the less I recommend them for beginners? This is because smaller animals have the disadvantage in the wild. The smaller an animal is, the easier it is for predators to get to them because they are not big enough to fight back very well. Because of this, hamsters need to have sharp instincts and amazing survival skills just so that they can survive, and anything big and new is a threat.

Robo hamsters are tiny hamsters. Therefore, they are very skittish compared to the Syrian which can be tamed quite easily. In many instances robos can not be tamed at all because they do not understand that you mean well. It takes time and experience to know how to deal with this because everyone hates being rejected – even if it is a by a hamster.

Still, experienced hamster owners know how to cope with this. They may have been bitten by a previous hamster or they have discovered their own ways to deal with skittish hamsters so that when they are placed in a depressing situation with their hamster they know how to get out of it.

Your first hamster should be a hamster that you love and one that loves you back. As you get more experience you discover what qualities you want in a hamster. If you start off not wanting to hold your hamster, you may soon want to, and having that option is a must have with new hamster owners because it teaches you the things that you like and that you do not like.

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Thanks for reading! For more information on roborovski hamsters check out the robo page HERE.  :mrgreen:

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The Basics

Some people are looking for a furry friend to spend an hour every day with and spend their nights searching through welcome home (insert hamster name here) videos, but most are just looking for a pet to hang out with once in a while. And that is absolutely okay. You might be a busy person with not a lot of time to spend with your hamster, or your friend might have dropped their hamster off with you for a month or two. But hey, don’t panic! Here you will find the basics of hamster care – basically everything that your hamster will need you to do so that they can survive.

If you are looking for a complete description of proper hamster care, check out this page: Your Hamster 101

First of all, make sure your hamster is in a fairly large cage. It is considered animal cruelty in the US to keep your hamster in a cage any less than 360 square inches. Fill your hamster cage with toys. This should include:

  • Chews
  • A wheel
  • A water bottle/bowl
  • A food bowl
  • Bedding (Aspen or paper bedding only)

For food, ask your pet shop owner what food they are feeding your hamster already. Oxbow essentials hamster food is a fairly inexpensive and nutritious food to feed your hamster, and is usually sold in pet stores. Feeding your hamster is simple. Just fill up its food bowl and when your hamster has finished, fill it up again. As for water, change your hamster’s water every 2-3 days.

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Here are a few quick tips that are very important if you are buying two or more hamsters.

    • If you are buying 2 hamsters, know that you can buy 2 dwarfs or 2 robos, but you can not buy 2 syrians. They will hurt or even kill each other if put in the same cage. This will also happen if you put two hamsters of different breeds together. Also, do not put a girl and boy hamster together unless you want a few more little hamster running around.  😉

Here are some products you SHOULD NOT buy:

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For more information on products that you should not buy, check out ChocolateColors26’s video below. —>

Thanks for reading! Good luck with your new hamster!  😆

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Hello World!

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Hi everybody, my name is Blaire Kedson, along with Iris I am also a hamster enthusiast. Iris invited me to write blogs with her on this website and I accepted this amazing offer! I like to keep things funny and cool, so it makes me not very professional at writing. I have a Long hair Syrian named Blob. If you were thinking this hamster must be very chubby and fat to be named blob, then congrats you’re psychic! Blob is turning 1 on May 13, so we expect a gift from everyone (I’m just kidding). Along with Blob, I also have a pony named Buddy who is currently staying at my aunt’s barn. So I have quite a bit of experience taking care of animals!

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Enjoy! XOXO

— Blare

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Hello!

Hello! If you don’t already know who I am, my name is Iris Sicreas and I am a hamster enthusiast. I have a hamster named Pikatchu who is turning 1 this April 5th. She is a winter white hybrid dwarf  hamster. I also have a dog named Max who is 7 years old and a yellow labrador.

Though I am not a ‘professional’ teaching others about hamsters is something that I am passionate about, especially since I know that many hamsters are abused. We are starting to turn these living, breathing creatures into toys, and we are forgetting that hamsters need to be treated respectfully. This is my mission, and I hope that if you are thinking of getting a hamster, you will read through my website and learn the true meaning of owning a hamster.

Thank you   🙂 – Iris

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