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When buying a hamster or adopting a hamster, remember that it is not a toy!
Hamsters are living beings just as you and I and need all sorts of attentions.
They need love and care and a well balanced nutrition.
Some hamsters have to be brushed on a daily basis.
This is very important in hamsters like Rug hamsters whose fine long hair falls off and must be removed every day. The animal even might get ill as it licks itself and so called hair balls are created in its intestines due to accumulation of this excess hair. The Hamsters eyes might change in color as the animal grows. This is completely normal and one should not worry about this.
They have to be brought to the veterinarian just as we have to go to the doctor and pups should have various vaccinations to avoid the usual diseases that are frequent among hamsters. Maybe the most serious disease is the so called hamster Heart worm This is a common disease in hamsters and even though not contagious among humans, it resembles the heartworm found among mankind. The disease does not necessarily manifest itself even when a hamster has been proven zero positive for the parasite. As in humans they can go their entire lives without ever becoming ill. Treatment with cortisone seems to keep the symptoms of a sick animal at bay, an even if and when symptoms of illness show, the hamster can remain healthy with very few discomforts. There is no vaccination known today, but it seems like sterilized hamsters have a lower chance of contracting the disease. Initial symptoms of contraction of the virus are that the mouth of the hamster as well as the larynx swell up as it becomes sore and red.
Infected hamsters should be sterilized to avoid cross contamination with other individuals as male hamsters fight and pass on the disease in such a manner.
Any beautiful hamster skin is primarily linked to nutrition.
A good nutrition is needed for any healthy and happy hamster.
Careful with too much proteins as rodents do lack an efficient digestive system and should therefore acquire most of their energy requirement through the seeds they eat. They might created ketenes in their blood, which in turn can provoke the creation of cataracts.
Its wise to stay away from too much homemade foods since the animals seem to have relatively specific needs. Thus, I would recommend you to give your animals as much canned food as possible.
There are excellent dry foods to complement the canned food, but make sure that sufficient water is given the animal when feeding dry foods.
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