Hamsters are very sociable and playful animals, ranging in size from two to seven inches long, and live for up to two years. They naturally have plenty of energy, move the equivalent of nearly 20 miles each day on their treadmills and enjoy daily exercise wheels. Hamsters are nocturnal, spending the majority of the daylight hours asleep, although some species do spend some time out of doors during the late evening and early morning hours. They are one of the most popular pets in the world, but can be quite a hassle for the owner to care for. Hamsters eat small insects and vegetables, but should not be given large amounts of new food or animal fats, as they may develop a calcium deficiency if given too much new food.
Syrian hamsters are generally considered easy to care for and are known to live up to two years in captivity. These adorable little pets can be found in most pet stores and most pet specialty shops. They are a very popular pet because they are so cute and cuddly, but their small size makes them difficult to care for unless you provide their cage with the right type of bedding. Because these pets are so popular and come in many shapes and colors, many people prefer to buy several different Syrian hamster types to complement the color of their home, or one with a different coloring if the pet is in a different color house. Syrian hamsters like to sleep in communal cages that are filled with bedding paper. Some pet stores offer hamster ladders that you can use to help get your hamster’s off the floor when they need to go exploring, but it is better to provide your hamster with its own ladder.
Syrian hamsters were nearly extinct in the wild many years ago, but were saved from extinction when the World Wide Web was introduced. This vast information super-highway has allowed hobbyists to quickly find what they want when it comes to owning a pet of any kind. You can even buy your own web browser if you prefer. By using a search engine such as Google, Yahoo or MSN, you can find all kinds of information about any type of animal, including Syrian hamsters, within a few short seconds. Before you do this though, make sure that you have an idea of what you would like to buy because there are literally thousands of different hamster species. Once you know exactly what you want to buy, you can visit various websites that sell these tiny creatures and make your purchase over the internet.