Hamsters are little rodents belonging to the cicetidae subfamily Cricetinae, that contain 19 species typically classified into seven genera. They have widely become established as beloved small pets worldwide. Most of them are native to Eastern Europe and Asia and are omnivorous, which means they eat both meat and vegetable matter. Domesticated hamsters are usually fed with meat, but you can also provide them with vegetables by providing them with hamster-safe veggies such as lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, and eggs. The American kind, the Syrian or brown hamster, is typically kept as pets only, mainly because they are not strong enough to compete with larger pet hamsters. There are, however, various Syrian hamsters that can be housed with other hamsters and that possess good attitudes toward humans.
Hamsters originated in the Middle East but due to their exotic looks and behavior now are popular in North America, where they can be found in pet stores and large variety of colors, shapes and sizes. The Syrian hamster has a very distinctive head, large body size, black tongue, large teeth, and yellow-orange fur. They are not very demanding pets and can fit easily in most cages with wire floors. They require fresh water continuously for about a week so it is advisable to change the water every day. Small children should not be allowed to handle hamsters because they can hurt them easily.
Small pets like hamsters have many advantages over larger pets such as dogs and cats because they are easier to handle and tame and do not require a lot of space. They are also not hostile towards other pets so you do not have to worry if your neighbors complain about you owning these cute little pets. There are different breeds of hamsters available in pet stores including the Chinese hamster, which is smaller than the Syrian hamsters. You may also come across the Roborovski, Madagascar andhodanian hamsters. These types of hamsters do not require as much space and can live in cramped spaces.