Campbell's Dwarf Russian Hamster Behavior and Temperament
Campbell's dwarf Russian hamsters are nocturnal but may be active for short times during the day too. They make excellent pets, but they may nip if they feel threatened. Due to they are small and quick, they can be a challenge to handle, especially for young children.
Campbell's hamsters can be kept in same-sex pairs or groupings, if introduced to each other at a young age. It is not a good idea to introduce adults or new hamsters to a group. Occasionally, hamsters that grew up together may have to be separated if they break out into fights.
Housing your Campbell's Dwarf Russian Hamster
While it's possible to house a Campbell's dwarf Russian hamster in a wire hamster cage, it may not be escape-proof. An aquarium or other solid sided cage with a ventilated, but secure top is preferable.
Place a substrate of aspen wood shavings or unscented natural cellulose fibers at the bottom of the cage. Hamsters usually sleep in a nesting box that you provide for them. Your best option is a ceramic hamster hut. These are chew-proof and easy to clean.
Provide your hamsters with chewable toys and an exercise wheel to keep them entertained and fit. Hamsters like to stay warm and may exercise as a way to keep toasty.
You may also offer a hamster a sand bath container, which is a small, low container with sand in it so that hamsters can clean themselves. Hamsters may also adopt these sand bath containers as hamster litter boxes, which can make it even easier to clean the cage.
Food and Water
Hamsters should have constant access to food and water. A ceramic food bowl works well, as it's too tough to chew and too heavy to knock over. Keep a water bottle attached to the cage, check the ball nozzle regularly to make sure it is working, and be sure it's always filled with fresh water daily
Select high-quality hamster pellets or pre-packaged food mixes and give 1 to 2 tablespoons per day. Pellets will make up the majority of your hamster's diet, but you can also offer hamster treats or fresh food (grains or vegetables).
Check fresh food options carefully, though, as some (such as avocado, almonds, raw beans) are harmful or toxic. Avoid high-sugar fruits or honey treats as dwarf hamsters are prone to diabetes.