BUYING A HAMSTER. Points to take into account before buying:
1. Your hamster will need a place where it can sleep undisturbed during the day but where it can be noisy in the evening and at night.
2. To enjoy life, a hamster needs as large a cage as possible.
3. The cage must always be clean, the feed must always be fresh.
4. Your hamster will need to be looked after while you are away.
5. If there are other pets in the home, will the hamster be safe?
6. Are you or any member of your family allergic to animal fur?
7. During the course of its life a hamster may need veterinarian attention.
8. A hamster is a rodent and therefore can gnaw its way through furniture, carpets and wiring, clothes.
**Owning a hamster is a responsibility, it requires time and money**
Hamsters are by nature solitary animals, they do not live in groups in the wilds. Therefore a single animal is the best choice for a pet.
It doesnt matter which sex you choose.
You can determine the sex of a hamster the following way: in the male the distance between the anus and the sexual opening is larger than the female. In males of 4 to 5 weeks old, the testicles on either side of the anus are visible. Males have a more pointed rear end than the female.
Choosing a hamster
If at all possible go and choose your pet hamster in the afternoon, the hamsters are more likely to be awake.
Pick a young animal three to four weeks old, as it will become hand-tamed more quickly than an older one.
Take home with you a bit of the nesting material the hamster had in its cage. This way your hamster will get used to its new cage more easily.
A healthy hamster should have thick, smooth and lustrous fur on an evenly cylindrical body; the anal area should be clean. It should have bright, shiny eyes (no discharge); a dry nose. Its behaviour should be bright and alert, unless just awakening from deep sleep. It should have silent breathing.
If a hamster is suffering from diarrhoea, dont buy any hamster from that cage. Diarrhoea can be a sign of contagious bacterial or viral disease.
See also Animal Care Center