Pet Spotlight - Russian Dwarf Hamsters

Russian Dwarf Hamsters are an adorable, high energy pet. They are social, friendly and active. If you are thinking of adding one of these furry hamsters to your family, here are a few frequently asked questions to keep in mind.

Russian Dwarf Hamster FAQs:

What type of personality do Russian Dwarf Hamsters have?

Your pet hamster is physically and mentally active, and your pet will love to play with toys. There are plenty of portable tubes and obstacle courses to choose from! They have a high level of energy — and as a result, need to get plenty of exercise!

What should I feed my Russian Dwarf Hamster?

Your new Russian Dwarf Hamster love to eat pellet food or seed mixes. He or she should eat either one tablespoon of pellets or one to two teaspoons of seeds per day. Just be mindful that if you choose to feed your pet seed mix, not to overfeed your pet! Seed mixes can be high in fat content. You should also supplement your pet’s diet with limited amounts of fresh vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce, and broccoli, protein in the form of hardboiled egg whites or canned and drained tuna, and whole grains like toast or cooked rice.  Make sure that this supplemental food does not make up more than 10% of his or her total diet.

Last, but not least, give your hamster a treat! There many different types of hamster treats out there for your pet to enjoy, just don’t over do it.

What kind of housing does my Russian Dwarf Hamster need?

Russian Dwarf Hamsters need a wire hamster cage with a solid flooring. The spacing between the bars should be less than one-half inch, so that your new pet doesn’t find his way out. You will also want to make sure that the flooring is smooth so that your hamster’s feet don’t get stuck. You will also want to keep location in mind. Your hamster will want to be kept at room temperature, about 65 to 75 degrees F. Make sure that your cage isn’t near a heat source like a fireplace, or directly under an air vent.

Are you thinking of adding a Russian Dwarf Hamster to your family? Visit our Mineola store to learn more about the hamsters that we have in stock — and to stock up on pet supplies for your new pet!

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