Syrian Hamster Behavior and Temperament
Syrian (also konwn as golden) hamster are territorial that means they should always be housed alone as pets. They can be kept together at a young age. But as they mature (reach about 8 to 10 weeks old), there's a good chance they'll become aggressive, even fighting to the death.
Syrian hamsters sleep during the day and are active at night. You should never try to pick up a sleeping hamster. It will become startled and most likely bite you. The early morning or evening hours are good time to interact with your hamster.
As pets, Syrian hamsters don't necessarily form a close bond with you, but they will visit when you’re near their cage. Many enjoy lounging in your hands or sitting on your shoulder. Expect to spend a few hours accompany with your hamster to keep it tame。
Housing your Syrian Hamster
As large of an enclosure as you can accommodate for a Syrian hamster is best, as this will be its primary space for exercise. At minimum, the cage should be 1 foot by 2 feet and at least a foot tall. In general, you’ll have your choice of a cage that is wire on the top with a plastic base or a standard glass or plastic aquarium with a tightly fitting mesh top. The wire cages allow for better airflow, though they offer less protection against drafts.
In the enclosure include plenty of hamster toy for enrichment. An exercise wheel that has a solid surface is ideal. Other options include tunnels and bridges for hiding and climbing, as well as wooden chew blocks for dental hygiene. Also, add a nest or sleeping hut in a corner of the enclosure.
Line the bottom of the enclosure with a couple inches of bedding. Scoop out any wet spots in the bedding daily and change all the bedding weekly as you scrub down the entire enclosure with disinfectant.
Food and Water
Feed your Syrian hamster a diet of nuts, grains, and seeds. supplemented with fruits and vegetables, such as apples, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and pears. Syrian hamsters are omnivores (they eat plants and animals), offer the occasional hardboiled egg or feeder insect for an extra protein。
Always keep a bowl of food in the enclosure, and discard uneaten food after 24 hours. Hamsters typically like to graze, storing food in their cheek pouches and stashing it somewhere for later. Your hamster might even wake up a few times a day to eat and then go back to sleep. Whenever you're feeding fresh foods, it's often best to offer them in the evening when your hamster is waking up from its slumber and ready to eat.
Moreover, always provide a clean source of water for your hamster that you refresh daily. Many people prefer to use water bottles because they are easy to keep sanitary. But you also can use a shallow dish for water until your hamster learns to drink from the bottle.