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Transcript of Hamsters
Hamsters are nocturnal (which means they sleep during the day and are active at night)
They lie on their back when frightened
They squeak when they play together (you should only let hamsters be in the same cage if they are dwarf hamsters).
Hamsters have very strong front arms so if they can reach it with their hands they can climb it easily.
Let's make an obstacle course for Jerry!
Misty's average day
6:00am-7:00pm-sleep(bathroom breaks and food breaks).
7:00-7:30-gnawing on the play area
4:00-6:00-more active time
Varieties and their origins
By:Me (Darek B)
Yawning and stretching
Scent gland marking
Biting cage bars
Biting your hands
When the hamster licks itself, that means it is grooming. The hamster is feeling happy and comfortable.
When the hamster yawns and stretches itself, it is feeling happy and comfortable.
When the hamster stands tall on his back it is listening to something that captured its attention.
Yawning and stretching
Hamsters have a scent gland on their side. They sometimes rub it on things for a scent marking.
Scent gland marking
When hamsters squeak they are frightened or agitated, unless they are dwarf hamsters.They will squeak when they are play fighting or actually fighting.
It is a chattering sound that means the hamster is irritated and wants to be left alone. It is also a warning before the hamster bites.
When a hamster hisses that means the hamster is very scared or startled.
Biting cage bars
When the hamster bites the cage bars that means it wants attention.
Biting your hands
The hamster can bite your hands for three reasons:
It could bite you because it thinks your hands are food .
The hamster could be very scared.
The hamster could just nibble your hands which means it wants to go back inside the cage.
IT'S A SURPRISE!
Species of hamsters
Foods they can eat
Foods they cannot eat
Almonds (Contains Cyanic Acid)
Chips and Junk food
Raw Kidney Beans
Avocado (Contains Cardiac Glycosides)
Oranges or Tangerines(no citrus fruits)
No watermelon (the water content is high causes diarrhea)
Peach Stone & Leaves
Lemon or Lime
Jams and jellies
Cabbage (Limited amounts)
Corn on the Cob
Cooked Ground Beef (Rinse well in hot water to remove any grease)
Cooked Chicken or Turkey (Steamed or baked)
Low Fat Cottage Cheese
Fish Cod (Cooked removing bones and skin)
Grasshoppers (Pet Shop)
Mealworms (Pet Shop)
Crickets (Pet Shop)
Bread(whole grain no white bread) soaked in milk ( Low Fat, Skim, Soy)
Eggs ( boiled or scrambled)
Plain Low Fat Yogurt
Dog Biscuits (No Garlic, onion, or onion powder)
Baby Food(low sugar and no onion or garlic)
Cheese (mild cheeses in moderation)
Cooked Plain Brown Rice
Cooked Pasta(Wheat or Spinach would be better)
Dry toast(Also helpful for diarrhea
Low or Sugarless Cereals
Pumpkin Seeds (unsalted)
Nuts (No almonds)
Soybeans(Roasted no salt)
Oatmeal(dry or soaked in skim or lowfat milk)
Bran and Wheat Germ (Refrigerated goes bad fast)
Unsalted Popcorn (no butter)
You may give your hamster one of the following homes (cages).
It is escape proof, you can make
all sorts of different designs for your hamster and your hamster never gets bored! I recommend habitail ovo because it was made to resemble their habitat in the wild. I think that is why they named it habitrail. There is also habitrail but that is just a metal cage.
Do not make your design too complex or in extreme cases your hamster can get lost and die of hunger or thirst.
Fish tank cage
Hamsters are actually scared of open spaces, so this is good for that. That also means you can put almost anywhere in your house.
It is not fully escape proof, you cannot always make your own designs like habitrail, and it is usually for only 1 hamster. your hamster can also get bored.
Your hamster home (cage) must always have:
a water bottle and a wheel (preferably near each other).
at least 1 compartment for your hamster.
lots of toys and places to climb (like cage bars) and hide.
If you have a cage big enough you can get very creative with this cage! This cage is escape proof if you make it tall enough. It is also very cheap. It is also easy to pick up your hamster.
If you do not make it tall enough your hamster could escape. Hamsters don't like open spaces and you have to buy everything separately.
Requirements for your cage
Hamsters can run farther than 9 kilometers in a wheel in one night!
Activities will have something to do with play, so pay close attention!
Hamsters like to dig, run, gnaw and hide when they play. Here are some popular hamster toys:
Wooden, mineral and/or salt blocks
I hope you all know what a hamster wheel is. But for those who don't, a hamster wheel is a wheel that you place into (or attach to) the cage, and the hamster runs in it.
It is a bit like an exercise wheel but if you put your hamster in it can go around your house without getting hurt. You should still supervise your hamster when it plays in the ball because it can run into a wall and injure itself.
I will give each group many materials to make an obstacle course for Jerry! Each group will get:
2 plastic containers
2 toilet paper rolls
1 tissue box
1 piece of cardboard
1 roll of tape
5 Popsicle sticks
Use all your knowledge about hamsters to make this obstacle course. You will also need to present your obstacle course.
Peaches (no stone)
Plums (no pits)
Raspberry Leaves (helpful for diarrhea)
Sweet bell Peppers
Meats and Proteins foods
Winter white Dwarf
Remember: THERE ARE ONLY THESE SPECIES OF HAMSTERS. THERE IS NO PANDA BEAR, BLACK BEAR OR ANYTHING ELSE.
Syrian hamsters are best for a first hamster owners because they are easy to tame. They are also the biggest species.
Hamsters are part of the rodent family. Other members of the rodent family are: rats, mice, beavers, squirrels and more.
Hamsters originated from Syria, Russia, China and Mongolia. They first arrived in the USA in the 1930s but they started being popular as pets in the 1950s.
Often sold as Siberian dwarfs, the Campbell's dwarf is the most popular of dwarf hamsters. It usually has a satin coat and it is very friendly.
The hamster goes through these.
You can build a maze or obstacle course for your hamster. It looks something like this. You can also put some toys in it.
The hamster can go under and over bridges.
Hamsters like to see these go back and forth.
Almost the same thing as a tube but it is made of a different material.
Hamsters swing on these.
Hamsters like to chew and gnaw on these.
You can put many different toys in these and watch your hamster run around and play.
Chinese hamsters are similar to the Syrian and the Campell's but they have a long tail. They are also very fast and need a big cage and lots of toys.
They are similar to the Campbell's dwarf hamster but they have a different color and shape.
They are very fast and not recommended for kids. They also cannot stay in your hands and they need a big cage.
How to hold your hamster
If you put a female hamster with a male hamster they can have babies. I don't recommend this because hamsters usually don't like being together, hamsters can actually eat their babies and it's just really hard to do.
A - Abscess, Antibiotics and Medicine
B - Balding, Bleeding, Breathing (Difficulty, Problems, Clicking Sounds), Broken Limbs, Broken Tooth
C - Calming an Injured or Ill Hamster, Cuts (Minor), Cheekpouch (Impacted), Constipation
D - Dehydration, Diabetes, Diarrhea
E - Eye (Swollen, Closed)
F - Falls and Related Injuries, First Aid Kit, Fur Loss
H - Herbs (Thyme)
L - Limbs (Broken, Sprained, Swollen), Loss of Balance, Lumps and Tumours
M - Medicine (Safe/Toxic), Mites and Parasites
P - Pyometra
R - Respiratory/Breathing Problems
S - Surgery
T - Tooth (Missing, Chipped, Loose, Misaligned, Overgrown)
V - Vet
W - Wet Tail
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