Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or
being kept as a pet harm individual animals?
Some Cause for Concern
Ease of care of many non-traditional pets depends on the individual owner’s years of experience and knowledge caring for a particular species. For the purposes of this website, we have geared information toward the benefit of the beginner.
Hamsters are typically solitary, nocturnal animals that need enough space to feel comfortable as well as places to hide and climb. They are naturally good climbers, but do not have good eyesight so some of the taller cages can risk a fall. Hamsters can be kept at room temperature and do not require special heating lamps. In the wild, hamsters burrow tunnel systems to live in, so the more space and bedding for them to burrow into the happier your pet will be. Hamsters are naturally active thus having a wheel for them to run on is important for their health and well-being.
Although hamsters seem like a cute cuddly pet that would be great for a young child, their nocturnal habits make them less then ideal. They bite when startled or scared and this may happen if a child wants to play during the day while the hamster is sleeping. They can be handled with care, but sudden movements and noises will scare them.
Before acquiring a hamster, be sure to research its specific care requirements (web-based sources of information include the Humane Society http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/hamsters).
Make sure to acquire from a reputable source to increase your chances of a healthy animal.