Posted: March 21, 2012 9:15 p.m. EDT
Did you know that Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) are solitary animals in the wild? And that pet Syrians retain this need to be alone? This is why after 5 weeks of age all Syrian hamsters should be housed in their own cage to prevent fighting.
People who enjoy watching animals interact may be happier with the cohabitating dwarf hamsters than the solitary Syrian hamster. A person who wants a hamster that looks to them for its stimulation outside the cage would be happiest with a Syrian hamster.
“I love that each hamster has its own unique personality and they become tame so quickly and easily with love and patience by us humans,” said Courtney Young of San Francisco. “You can really cuddle them!”
Nancy Grabarczyk of Farmington Hills, Michigan, finds Syrian hamsters relaxing. “I used to be plagued by severe anxiety attacks to the point where I had trouble getting out of bed in the morning,” Grabarczyk said. “Chubbsy’s company and relaxing demeanor encouraged me to have courage to get up and face the day. When tough times come up, my daughter tells me ‘you need a hammy,’ and puts one in my lap.”
Excerpt from the Popular Critters Series magabook Hamsters with permission from its publisher, BowTie magazines, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Hamsters here.