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Hamsters And Other Pets

Take precautions when bringing other pets into a home with a hamster.

By Audrey Pavia

hamster isn’t the type of pet that gets buddy-buddy with other animals. It doesn’t like other hamsters, although some dwarf hamsters get along in same-sex pairs, and it’s not going to make friends with a cat, dog, bird or rabbit. A hamster is happy to spend time with its person or to be by itself.

Hamsters can live safely in a household with other pets, however, if proper precautions are taken. Keep the hamster’s cage well out of reach of any cats or dogs. If possible, put it in a room that the other animals don’t have access to. Put other animals out of the room and close the door before taking a hamster out of its cage for playtime. Never trust other animals alone with a hamster, no matter how well they seem to get along. Even a small, gentle dog can accidentally injure or kill a hamster in play, and a cat will simply view the hamster as a delicious snack.


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I have to admit that Iwas hesitant on bringing home my hamster Sparky when we had cats and a dog. All the other animals are watched by me when sparky is running loose in his ball. I have 2 cats and one is old and retired from catching mice the other one still does and i have to keep an eye on her when Sparky is out of his cage I also have a dog who just freaks out when the ball is coming toward her.

I guess it depends on animals and how they behave.
Liz, San Leandro, CA
Posted: 3/4/2014 12:55:31 PM
Allie, Belmont i know this sounds crazy but even my cocker spaniel catches rats,crows..etc but when i introduced her to da hamster she instantly got along sometimes if she hears weard noises coming from the cage she whimperes then jumps on the table to see if the hamsters doin okay
tarshia, colombo, AL
Posted: 11/6/2011 7:16:36 AM
Our Winter White hamster, upon seeing the neighbor's dog, rolled on her back and played dead. At first we thought she had died with fear when she saw the dog. But as soon the dog left she came rolled back to her feet and hid in her slipper. She is such a drama queen.
Johrdyn, Beverly Hills, CA
Posted: 9/23/2011 9:45:49 AM
I love hamsters!But I can't have one.I don't really think my dog would be afraid of it.He has killed field mice before.(he's a border collie,not a terrier).
Allie, Belmont, MS
Posted: 7/11/2011 7:46:50 AM
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