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When buying, adopting or owning a new dwarf hamster, it helps knowing what you will need. Today we are going to look at a Russian Dwarf Hamster Care Sheet.
Russian dwarf hamsters are becoming more popular as pets around the world because they are easy to maintain, care for and inexpensive to keep. They are very popular with young adults, children from 7 onwards and adults.
Here are 5 points you will learn today:
- What they need
- How they enjoy their environment
- What not to do
- Essential shopping list
- Best places to buy these
What Campbell’s & Winter Whites Need
Campbell’s & Winter White dwarf hamsters are also known as Russian dwarf hamsters. In fact RDH’s is the broad name for both these and hybrids between the two.
When caring for dwarf hamsters you will need:
Cage – A cage will provide a home for you hamster and the biggest mistake people do is think “it’s a small hamster so it will need a small cage”. WRONG. Anything bigger than 60×40 will be a good size. The more space the better, you will be surprised how much energy they have.
Bedding – Bedding is the material that goes generally on the floor around the cage or tank. It provides protection, helps encourage natural foraging and borrowing. Bedding also will help keep their environment cleaner whilst soaking up hamster waste. A good bedding brand is Carefresh, see the shopping list below for best places to buy.
Accessories – These are the toys, extra mineral licks/blocks and chewable sticks within the cage. Dwarf hamster accessories will help prevent biting of the bars, wanting to escape and unhappiness. The more accessories i.e. tubes, chewable flavored items and toys (Wheels, platforms or seesaws) the happier your hamster will be. Check out our Top 10 Accessories They LOVE Here
Food – There are more than enough brands for small hamster foods however they can seem misleading. A healthy balanced diet is very important and will help prevent diabetes or obesity. Pellets are a preferred option as they contain everything in one pellet. Russian dwarf hamsters prefer to eat the fatty nuts than the good stuff. What we do is add a table spoon of pellets a day and then every 2-3 days we sprinkle some muesli, fresh vegetables or fruit around their cage.
How to Keep Russian Dwarf Hamsters Enjoying Their Environment
Changing their environment often will prevent boredom with your hamster. A great way to do this is after cleaning out their cage or tank, simply reorder everything in different ways. For example put their house on the other side of the cage or food bowl in a different location.
Hamsters LOVE This…
Grab yourself some dried nuts, muesli or fruit/vegetables and scatter it around their environment. This encourages natural foraging for food and will keep them busy. You will be surprised how more active your hamster will become and happier he or she will become.
To learn more about what foods, vegetables and fruits you should give you hamster see our Care Section Here.
What Not To Do – Handling & Basics
There are plenty of easy to make mistakes when having a hamster and the most common are when handling.
Whenever attempting to handle a dwarf hamster you should never put your fingers or hands in front of them (before they are tamed). It is common for a new hamster to bite or show aggressive behaviour towards you in the early stages of handling.
Hamster’s need a bit of time to get used to you and taming them really pays of in the long run. Learn how to tame your Russian dwarf hamster here.
How to Pick up a Dwarf Hamster
Always scoop them up from underneath with two hands. As if you would scoop water with your hands. This is the best way to prevent biting and to pick them up safely.
Shopping List – The Essential Stuff
In this section you will see the necessary list for owning a dwarf hamster for the first time. In this list you will see what we recommend and the best places to save you money/time.
Here is your shopping list:
- A good sized cage or Aquarium (bigger than 60×40. See what we recommend here.
- CareFresh Bedding is one of the best. See more reviews here.
- For scattering and adding onto pellets use this.
- Oxbow will provide a healthy balanced diet. Recommended by us.
- Accessories are very important. Click here to see our Top 10
- Cage cleaning products, we recommend Nature’s Miracle
- Mineral Licks & Chewy Sticks… 5 Star rated Click Here
- Exercise Ball will allow them to get out of their cage for a run + keep them healthy.
- Food bowl, Water bottle & Wheel. Most of these come with the Ferplast Duna Cage (See our Review Here)
You can buy all of these online and we have provided links to all of the best deals and places to but these. Be sure to check the reviews before you make you mind up. You should have everything you need now and will be ready to look after a dwarf hamster.
Have you got everything you need? If you still need help, leave a comment below…