Keeping hamsters in a social setting depends greatly on the breed of hamster. Dwarf hamsters are generally gregarious; if introduced at a young age and kept with same-sex members, they cohabitate well. The more common Syrian hamster, however, should not share a cage.Continue Reading
When young, Syrian hamsters can co-exist; upon reaching 8 to 10 weeks of age, they begin fighting for territory and may fatally wound each other.
Dwarf hamsters are small enough – generally 4 inches in length at maturity – that they should be kept in a glass enclosure, as they can escape between the bars of larger hamster cages. Both varieties are nocturnal.Learn more about Pets
According to Paw Nation, hamsters squeak to express emotion. This emotion can be excitement, surprise, fear, distress or anxiety. A hamster can squeak briefly to express interest in a new toy or treat, or it can squeak persistently when afraid. Hamsters also squeak during territory disputes with other hamsters.Full Answer >
A European hamster is a species of large hamster with a black underbelly and is native to Eurasia. It is also known as the black-bellied or common hamster.Full Answer >
Golden hamsters usually weigh from 100 to 125 grams. The most common dwarf hamster, the Campbell's hamster, averages 23.4 grams. Both species are popular as pets.Full Answer >
To indicate stress, a hamster alternates between running and grooming as well as squeaking, biting and overeating. He also becomes more irritable, is more likely to bite, and may confine himself or hide. Over time as stress damages the digestive system, he can start to suffer from diarrhea or constipation.Full Answer >