How to Care for a Pet Dwarf Hamster

With only a simple diet and routine cage cleaning, dwarf hamsters are easy to care for. In reality, there are several small species of hamsters that are mainly found in arid areas of the globe. Unlike their larger, more territorial counterparts, these gregarious little critters prefer to live in couples or small groups rather than alone. When kept as pets, they're typically easy to handle, gentle, and entertaining to watch when they play and tunnel inside their cage. 

The Temperament and Behaviour of Dwarf Hamsters

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There are several species of dwarf hamsters, and each has unique personality characteristics. This comprises:

1: The curious, tiny Campbell hamster is remarkably easy to handle.

2: The Robo (or Roborovski) hamster is a type of dwarf hamster that is smaller than other species and prefers to sleep during the day. It weighs just over 3/4 of an ounce.

The Chinese hamster is a tiny to medium-sized rodent that is commonly recognised for its love of tunnelling, especially through their bedding.

4: The Russian dwarf hamster, sometimes referred to as the winter white, is a gregarious and amiable animal that comes in a range of colors.

Although some hamsters can adapt to their owners' resting and waking schedules, all hamsters are nocturnal, which means they play and eat at night and sleep during the day. But if you attempt to manage a sleeping hamster by waking him or her up, the hamster may grow grumpy and bite. Most hamsters generally awaken in the evening and engage in happy interactions with their humans at that time. Furthermore, although hamsters themselves produce very little and quiet vocalizations, their overnight movements can interfere with your ability to get any rest. 

The majority of dwarf hamsters are tolerant of being held; however, if they feel uneasy, they may bite. Although they don't need other hamsters to be comfortable, it can be beneficial to keep them in small groups or same-sex pairings. In general, they ought to be kept apart from other pets, such as hamsters of different species.

Details of Size

Dwarf Hamster

The size of dwarf hamsters varies slightly across species. They weigh between one and two ounces and are typically about two inches long. Usually, they attain maturity when they are two months old.


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A big home will allow a dwarf hamster to play and exercise as much as possible. The minimum size that a few animal organizations advise is a cage that is around two feet square and one foot tall. Generally speaking, habitat alternatives consist of a wire-mesh cage with a plastic base or a glass and plastic tank with a secure lid and ventilation. Although wire cages don't block drafts as well as glass or plastic ones do, they do provide improved airflow to minimize overheating. To ensure that your hamster cannot fit through the bars, you must ensure that the wire's spacing is sufficiently close together.

Provide your hamster with an exercise wheel within his enclosure so that he can run on a solid surface instead of bars. Additionally, supply the cage with an ample supply of mineral chews or wooden chew sticks. A hamster's incisor teeth, which grow continually, are maintained by chewing. Additionally, provide your hamster with a tiny nest and sleeping hut (found in most pet stores) so they have somewhere to hide and relax when they need to feel safe.

It is not difficult for hamsters to adjust to typical home temperatures. Just be wary of sudden fluctuations in temperature and maintain the habitat out of the direct sun and drafts.

Unique Substrate Requirements


A 1- to 2-inch covering of bedding, like hardwood shavings and shredded paper devoid of chemicals and dyes, should be set on the bottom of each cage. After cleaning every surface in the enclosure using soap and water and removing any damp patches every day, you should change the bedding throughout the week.

What Foods and Drinks Do Dwarf Hamsters Eat?

Dwarf Hamster

The pet dwarf hamster should always have access to a small dish, bottle, and freshwater, along with a bowl of food. To find out how much food is appropriate, speak with your veterinarian. Feeding your hamster should generally be done once a day, preferably in the evening, as they are starting to wake up and get active. After a day, throw away any food that is still raw.

Seek out a commercial blend of hamster food designed especially for small hamsters. Your hamster will receive every mineral and vitamin he or she requires from this. Additionally, you can provide specific seeds, vegetables, fruits, and grains (such as oats, carrots, and greens) in smaller quantities. The percentage of supplemental food in your hamster's daily diet should not exceed 10%.

Limit your intake of sugary and high-fat foods, and stay away from items that are poisonous, such as chocolate, avocados, and macadamia nuts.

Educating Your Small Hamster


A juvenile hamster can feel more secure in their grasp if they are handled calmly and gently. Because hamsters move quickly and could escape your grasp if you're not paying attention, it's best to hold them while sitting on the ground in a safe area (like a tiny bedroom with the door closed).

A couple of feet is a considerable height for your hamster to fall from, so you never want to do that as it could really hurt the little pet. It's also crucial to remember never to squeeze the hamster in its hands, since doing so could hurt it or make it bite you.

Work out

Dwarf Hamster

Giving the hamster an exercise wheel or a roomy enough enclosure should help him or her stay in shape and avoid obesity and other health problems. The hamster can also go inside and outside of its cage on the workout balls. Ascertain that the ball is the appropriate size to fit a dwarf hamster, and keep a close eye on the animal at all times when it is outside the cage.



Hamsters are self-grooming, relatively clean animals. They don't require a bath. However, you may assist them in cleaning up when they do get any dirt or debris lodged in their fur by gently massaging the area with a moist towel.

Maintenance Expenses


The main expenses you will have each month with a dwarf hamster are food and bedding. Due to a variety of factors, such as what you feed or the kind of bedding you use (as well as the size of the habitat), you should budget between $20 and $40 a month. Additionally, you'll need to replace the chew sticks or nests on a regular basis; they typically cost $10. A yearly veterinary wellness examination and any necessary emergency care should also be budgeted for.

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