Housing: Syrian hamsters need a cage of about 24 x 16 x 12 in, with a solid bottom and a wire top. An easy way to provide adequate space is to connect several smaller cages with Habitrail type tunnels. Add a sleeping house, filled with nesting material like shredded paper or hay, and choose toys such as a solid wheel (no open rungs), ladders, and ramps. Hamsters love burrowing in a deep layer of safe bedding such as Aspen shavings, or Carefresh. Avoid aromatic cedar and pine beddings. Dwarf hamsters are safer in a large aquarium or specially designed cage, as they may squeeze through regular cage bars.
Diet: A healthy diet is based on dry food consisting of pellets and a small amount of seeds, both freely available at all times. Use lab blocks designed for hamsters rather than pellets to provide an especially nutritious diet. Provide a handful of fresh vegetables and fruit each evening. Hamsters are omnivores and though most people keep them on a vegetarian diet, they can also eat foods such as nuts, mealworms, yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu and lean cooked meat. Fresh water should always be available in a sipper bottle.
Cleaning: Spot-clean soiled areas daily and wash the cage bottoms, food dishes and water bottles weekly. Always rinse and dry well before adding fresh bedding. Reusing some of the old nesting material will help your hamster will feel comfy and at home.
Fertility: Separate Syrian hamsters according to their sex by 3 weeks of age to avoid health risks and unwanted babies. Dwarf hamsters can produce babies every 3 weeks if males and females are not kept apart.
Health: Separate Syrian hamsters according to their sex by 3 weeks of age to avoid health risks and unwanted babies. Dwarf hamsters can produce babies every 3 weeks if males and females are not kept apart.
Warnings: 'Fluffy' nesting materials can cause fatal injuries to hamsters and should never be used.
More info:Hamsters: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual, by Otto von Frisch
The Complete Guide to Hamsters: www.geocities.com/pets_hamsters/index.html