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Djungarian hamsters: species-appropriate husbandry


Are you thinking of getting a hamster? Maybe Djungarian dwarf hamsters are something for you: The small balls of fur are relatively easy to care for if you observe a few basic things for a species-appropriate attitude. We show you how to offer your new roommate the ideal new home. Djungarian hamsters are small, but need a lot of exercise - Shutterstock / Chaonucha Tipsoontornpong

Djungarian hamsters actually come from Siberia. In contrast to other dwarf hamsters, their fur is white to gray in winter and their head is rather broad and round, so that they almost look like little bears. They are real loners who can get used to people pretty quickly. Nevertheless, they are not cuddly toys.

How to prepare the posture appropriately

Before you go out and choose your favorite hamster in the pet shop or breeding business, you need a cage. This will later represent the complete living environment of your new pet. The furnishings should be as varied as possible and the cage should be large enough. A base area of ​​at least 80 x 40 cm is necessary and the best material is metal, not plastic. Otherwise this is quickly gnawed, which can result in nasty, fatal injuries.

Now it goes to the facility: Hamsters roughly divide their living environment into three areas: bedroom, storage area and toilet. So make sure that the hamster not only finds at least these areas in the cage, but also ensure good ground cover made of straw and litter. Djungarian hamsters also like to build aisles and dig in the ground for food, for example.

For the evening activity (the rodents are nocturnal animals) at least one functioning balance bike, but also various climbing offers must be available. A disused kitchen roll can also become a play tunnel and you can easily build bridges and climbing aids from several branches with a little manual skill. Your pet shop also offers ready-made products such as climbing houses or snack bridges.

The Djungarian hamster moves in

When the time comes and you are satisfied with your prepared cage, it is best to buy your hamster in the evening. Because he is awake anyway and is not under additional stress during the day due to the disturbance of the rest. You should also ask your pet store to give you some litter or straw from the old cage. This makes it much easier for him to get used to.

Even if your hamster initially hides and doesn't want to come out: don't force anything. Dim the light and wait for it to come out on its own. Some treats are sure to help you get used to it.

Feed Djungarian hamsters properly

Young Djungarian hamsters like to eat dandelions and fresh grass from the meadow. They also always need enough hay at their disposal. A mix of grains, dry herbs and some millet also belong on the menu. You can then add some fruit and vegetables later.

The food must be free of pesticides and other residues. Wash the fruits and vegetables for your dwarfs carefully and only feed small pieces at a time. Djungarian hamsters also need animal proteins, which they get from insects and mealworms. The latter are very high in fat and can therefore only be recommended to a limited extent.

Djungarian hamster: miniature pet

This is how the Djungarian hamster feels particularly comfortable

A Djungarian hamster in the wild travels up to 30 km a night looking for food and a possible partner. If you consider the dimensions of your cage, you will understand that you have to give your dwarf exercise at least once a week. To do this, you should first secure possible danger points at which he could be injured and only let him into the spout under supervision. If, despite the good preparation of the run, the little rodent is hiding somewhere or even disappears completely, wait patiently and make the retreat into his cage tasty with a few treats.

Your hamster will also be happy to receive a bowl of sand. It can roll around in this way, keeping its fur shiny and clean. However, make sure to use particularly clean and fine-grained sand that is free of impurities and components that could injure your animal.

Otherwise, check the storage area for spoiled feed every day and also replace unused drinking water. The toilet corner should also be checked daily and laid out with fresh litter. A complete cleaning of the cage, on the other hand, is only necessary once a week if the distribution is sensible. You replace the entire litter and clean the cage thoroughly of all debris. Then put clean straw and hay back so that the hamster's cage continues to smell of its familiar surroundings.