Calling all hammy owners, past and present! I have some questions for you...
Lately I've been thinking of branching out from mice and possibly adding a hamster to my inter-species family :) I'm trying to do my research first, and thought I'd ask your opinions on a few things.
#1: I'm thinking about getting a roborovski. This is based on the fact that I find them very cute, and also because I read that they tend to have the longest lifespans (obviously this will vary depending on the health of the hamster). Has anyone here owned a robo? What are they like, and how do you rate them as pets?
#2: I know that they can live in pairs/groups, but what do you think they prefer, company or solitude? I've seen a lot of conflicting information here :-? If it makes any difference, I have lots of free time on my hands, and will have plenty of time to devote to a hamster.
#3: About the environment... I was thinking of using a glass tank so that I could provide a sandy area without worrying about it spilling through bars. I know some people won't use tanks for mice, because of ventilation concerns. Is this as big of an issue for dwarf hammies, or would a tank be okay? Also, what kind of size would you recommend?
#4: Is there a brand of food, or a specific diet that you use/used for your dwarf hamster that you could recommend?
#5: I've seen dwarf hamsters for sale at Pets at Home, but I'd prefer not to buy pets from there... I don't think the conditions are always great, and I've heard stories of pets dying days after being bought. Where do you get your hamsters from? Is there anywhere I could find a breeder?
Thanks to anyone who takes the time to respond to any of these questions :D
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