10 Surprising Facts about Hamsters You Probably Didn't Know



Hamsters are small rodents that have gained popularity as house pets in recent

years. In addition to being adorable, they’re also fairly low-maintenance pets.

They don’t need much space, and they don’t require a lot of attention. Most

people know that hamsters are nocturnal and emit high-pitched squeaks when

frightened or excited. But how much do you actually know about these endearing

little creatures? If you think you know everything there is to know about hamsters ,

you might be surprised by some of the information below. Let’s take a look at these


10 surprising facts about hamsters



There are more than 15 different types of hamsters.



Hamsters are considered rodents and are members of the genus Cricetinae. There are more

than 15 different species of hamsters, with each type having its own unique appearance and

characteristics. These include the Chinese hamster, Roborovski hamster, Syrian hamster, dwarf

hamster, and the winter white Russian hamster. You may be more familiar with the two most

common hamster breeds, Syrian hamsters and Chinese hamsters. These two types of hamsters

are the ones most often used as pets. They also happen to be the two largest breeds. Chinese

hamsters tend to be smaller, but both breeds are well-suited to life as house pets.




Hamsters love to build nests and can use up to 30% of their diet to do so.



Hamsters are well-known for building nests. They usually do this at night, but they will also build

nests during the day when they’re pregnant or recovering from illness. This behavior is usually

triggered by changes in the hamster’s environment. For example, a new hamster owner may

notice that their hamster is building a nest if they move the cage to a new location. Hamsters

may also build nests if they’re stressed or if their environment isn’t ideal (for example, if it’s too

hot or cold). Hamsters use up to 30% of their daily food intake to build nests. This means that a

hamster eating an average amount of food each day will use about 30 grams of food per day to

build nests. This can add up to a significant portion of the hamster’s daily nutrient intake. It’s

important to provide your hamster with plenty of nesting material, as this will decrease his desire

to use his food as nest-building material. You can do this by adding it to his cage on a daily

basis.




A group of hamsters is called a cloud.



When you have more than one hamster, they’re referred to as a cloud. This is because a group

of hamsters looks like a cloud when they’re all cuddled up together in their nest. Hamsters are

social animals, so they should always be kept in pairs or groups. Hamsters are territorial, so

they will fight if they’re kept in isolation. However, they usually get along with other hamsters if

they’re kept in groups. The ideal number of hamsters to keep in one cage is two.


Hamsters have excellent senses of smell and touch.


Hamsters have very sensitive and powerful senses of smell and touch. Their sense of smell is

so strong that it can be compared to that of a Bloodhound. As a result, it’s important to clean

and disinfect your hamster’s cage regularly to keep it free of potentially harmful germs and

bacteria. Frequent cleaning and disinfection can help to reduce the risk of transmission of

diseases between your hamster and you and your family. Hamsters also use their sense of

touch extensively. They explore their environment by touching and chewing on things with their

teeth. Hamsters groom themselves extensively and need to be provided with plenty of things to

chew on in order to keep their teeth healthy. Hamsters also use touch to communicate with each

other. They do this with what’s known as “allorubbing,” or rubbing their bodies against one

another.



Hamster gestation only lasts 14 days, but they still build nests even when they’re pregnant.


Hamster gestation lasts 14 days. Hamsters, however, will start building nests as soon as they

are put into a cage, even before they’ve been caught. As a result, hamsters will usually have a

nest in their cage even before they get pregnant. They will continue to build nests even when

they’re pregnant, even though gestation only lasts 14 days (about two weeks). Hamsters will

use the nesting material they’ve collected to build a large, elaborate nest before they get

pregnant. After the hamster babies are born, their mother will continue to add to the nest,

making it larger. The mother hamster will then use the nest as a bed for her babies until they’re

old enough to be weaned.


Hamster feeding times are the only time that hamsters are active during the day.



Hamsters are nocturnal animals. This means that they are more active during the night. They

are, however, more active during the day when it comes to feeding time. This is because

hamsters are most active at dusk and dawn, which are times of the day that are considered to

be the “middle of the day” for them. This doesn’t mean that you can’t feed your hamster at other

times of the day. It just means that feeding times are the only times that your hamster will be

active during the daytime. Hamsters are active at night because they’re nocturnal rodents.

They’re therefore most active at times of the day when humans are usually sleeping. They are

also diurnal, which means that they are awake during the day. Their circadian rhythm, the

internal clock that regulates their daily life cycles, causes them to be most active during the

hours just after dusk and just before dawn.





Hamsters also love to eat vegetables, especially leafy greens.


Hamsters are omnivores and will eat both meat and plants. They will usually eat more plants

than meat, especially if they’re kept in captivity where there isn’t much opportunity for hunting.

These little rodents are actually very fond of eating fresh vegetables, as well as seeds and nuts.

This doesn’t mean you should feed your hamster vegetables with high amounts of pesticides.

Instead, you can feed your hamster vegetables that have been washed thoroughly and are

pesticide-free. Vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and carrots are all nutritious and safe to feed

to hamsters.


More than 50% of a hamster’s diet should be made up of protein.


Hamsters are omnivores and will eat both plants and meat. You should feed your hamster a

healthy, balanced diet that consists primarily of proteins, vegetables, and seeds. Hamsters have

a high metabolic rate, so they need to consume relatively large amounts of food each day in

order to get all the nutrients they need. You should feed your hamster a diet that’s high in

protein and low in fat and carbohydrates. This will help your hamster to maintain a healthy

weight and remain active. Hamsters need to eat a lot of food each day, so it’s important to feed

your hamster a balanced diet that’s high in protein. Giving your hamster too much protein may

result in it getting sick.



Conclusion


Hamsters are small rodents that have gained popularity as house pets in recent years.

Hamsters are nocturnal and emit high-pitched squeaks when frightened or excited. Hamsters

love to build nests and can use up to 30% of their diet to do so. A group of hamsters is called a

cloud. Hamsters have excellent senses of smell and touch. Hamster gestation only lasts 14

days, but they still build nests even when they’re pregnant. Hamster feeding times are the only

time that hamsters are active during the day. Hamsters also love to eat vegetables, especially

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