Monday, April 9, 2012

Hamster fight

What if my hamsters fight?
Syrian hamsters are solitary animals! It's very important that all owners and lovers of hamsters should know and remember! Syrian hamsters are territorial animals with strong instincts to defend the space where they live. They should ALWAYS live by themselves, otherwise they'll fight to the death. Female and male will tolerate each other only during the mating season and must be...

 separated immediately after. Baby Syrian hamsters should be separated immediately after the age of 8-10 weeks to prevent any conflicts. Never house two or more Syrian hamsters in the same cage!

Dwarf hamsters are more social animals than Syrian hamsters and they are generally housed in pairs or colonies. However, even in their case you must show great care in forming these colonies and supervise them to observe any conflicts. Ideal colonies should consist of one male and several females. 

It's also very important to remember that if you want to host a pair or a colony of dwarf hamsters, you have to offer a very generous space and enough food, so as not to give reason for arguments . It's necessary to include sufficient accessories and toys, enough for all occupants of the cage to enjoy them equally. If space is small and insufficient, or food supply unevenly distributed, hamsters will be stressed and conflicts will arise easily.

Dwarf hamsters should be monitored constantly and if you notice fights or serious injury you will have to intervene and separate them immediately in individual cages.

Dwarf hamsters will play together, but if you notice things getting "hairy" and there appears to be prolonged physical contact, bites and even blood, separate them immediately! Although dwarf hamsters seem to get along well for a long time, the "friendship" may degrade any day. Moreover, rats that don't get along are more stressed, therefore more inclined to suffer medical problems.

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