Is a hamster a rodent?

So, I’ve come across many people who have asked me if a hamster is a rodent or in some cases they mix up hamsters with rats. Yes, hamsters are rodents, any mammal that¬†has no canine teeth and strong incisor teeth are Rodents. Now just because hamsters are rodents it DOESN’T mean that they are rats. Take Blob, she is an ordinary Syrian hamster that has four strong incisor teeth she’s adorable and she doesn’t have a long tail.

Hope I’ve cleared things up for you guys there

–Blaire

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Hamsters

    1. Hamsters are actually not nocturnal, they are crepuscular (Yes, that word is quite the mouthful!). This means that they are active mostly in the twilight hours.
    2. The smallest hamster is just 2-4 inches (6-10 cm) long!
    3. Hamsters are actually omnivores! Though they will eat fruit, vegetables and seeds in the wild, hamsters will also eat things like crickets and meal worms, and sometimes chicken.
    4. The most common hamster that people get as pets is the Syrian hamster.
    5. There are four main domestic types of hamster (that just means that there are 4 types of hamsters that you can have as a pet) this consists of the Syrian hamster, the Dwarf hamster. the Chinese hamster and the Roborovki hamster.
    6. Hamsters are color blind!
    7. Not all species of hamsters can mix. If you put the wrong hamsters together, they can injure or even kill each other. (For more info on placing to hamsters in the same cage click HERE)
    8. If your hamster bites you, don’t worry, they don’t hate you! They are just not used to you. If you give a hamster your time and effort to get to know it, you will be buddies in no time!
    9. Baby hamsters are known as pups!
    10. Female hamsters are seen to be more energetic and aggressive, while the males tend to be more relaxed and sleepy, though this is not the case for all hamsters.
    11. Baby hamsters are blind until they are two weeks old!
    12. Hamster’s teeth never stop growing.
    13. To make sure that your hamster’s teeth don’t grow too long, give them wood chews.
    14. If you buy a mesh wheel for your hamster, it can cause a dangerous disease called bumblefoot.
    15. If you are a new hamster owner, research your pet as much as you can so that you and your hamster will be healthy and happy. (Click HERE for Your First Hamster 101)

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Thanks for reading!

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What to do with hamster when you’re going on vacation?

Hey guys, Blaire here!

So recently I was on a 30 day vacation and I of course missed Blob like crazy, but I knew that Blob was safe and well cared my my beloved friend, Iris of course. So here are few tips that will help when you go on a vacation as long as mine!

Tip #1:

Make sure you know that your hamster-sitter is well experienced or trained or at least know how to clean your hamsters cage, refill her water-bottle and food, play and entertain your hamster in a safe way and most of all make sure they are mature and responsible so that they won’t go around losing your cutie-pie everywhere!

Tip#2

Make sure you inform your hamster-sitter about anything that will make your hamster depressed or even angry as we don’t want your friend or family getting¬†any injuries. For example when I don’t visit blob for a few days in a row, blob will hide in her tubes and it takes at least 30 minutes to get her out and by that time not even food works well except peanuts as she is addicted and obsessed over them.

Tip#3

One of the last ones, I beg you please, when you drive or go in any transportation with your hamster please DO NOT put your hamster in her normal cage. Use a smaller cage and if you hamster is a l’l sensitive like Blob and hat being tossed around you should hold her in you hands but be careful and never lose your¬†hamster in the car as there are a lot of sharp metal that could hurt and injure them!

Fun Tip#4

Since Blob’s “Hamster-sitter” is my best friend, Iris, I was able to face-time her and see blob almost every third or forth day. This is a pretty fun and helpful tip as I was able to see my l’l blob and my best friend at the same time!!

Hope you found these tips helpful!

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