Dwarf Winter White Hamster Behavior and Temperament
Dwarf winter white Russian hamsters are nocturnal but may be active for short times during the day too. They make excellent pets and are generally quite good-natures. They are more tolerant of handling than other types of hamsters and are less likely to bite or nip.
Winter white hamsters are territorial and need to be separated as they get older. Beware of mixed-sex pairs or groups; they will turn your habitat into a breeding tank which can produce a litter every three weeks.
Do not expose hamsters to other pets; it can stress them out. Cats may view them as prey animals.
Housing your Dwarf Winter White Hamster
Best housing option for winter white hamster is an aquarium-type tank for housing. While a minimum size is 24 inches long and 12 inches wide, a bigger tank is preferable. Be sure that the top allows for ventilation, and make sure it is secure.
Cover the bottom of the tank with 2 to 3 inches of soft bedding. Your hamster may enjoy burrowing into the bedding to stay warm. The substrate can include woods shavings, shredded paper, or a commercial brand of bedding.
Food and Water
Winter white hamsters can get complete nutrition with pelleted food available at pet stores. Select a type intended for hamsters but not mice or rats. Offer about 1 to 2 tablespoons every day in a small ceramic bowl.
You can also feed your hamster a wide range of fresh foods and treats, including many fruits, vegetables, whole-grain cereal, and pasta. However, certain food can be harmful to your hamster which including raw beans, raw potatoes, almonds, citrus fruit, garlic, and onions.
Provide your hamster with a supply of fresh, clean water. You can keep a ceramic dish of water in the cage or hang a bottle from the side of the cage. Regularly check that the water nozzle is functioning and change the water daily.