It is extremely important that you are properly equipped when you buy a new pet. New pets are fun, but the first few weeks of interaction are crucial to a healthy and happy relationship. When getting ready to buy a Teddy Bear Hamster it is imperative to observe and consider the following things:
The Health of the Hamster
How to Bring Him/Her Home
What Kind of House Should They Live In
What Type of Bedding to Buy for the Hamster
What Food Can/Should a Hamster Consume
What Exercise Equipment is Best for the Hamster
Check, and double check to make sure that you have all the stuff your hamster will need to be happy.. Hamsters are extremely fragile little things, so ensure that you have picked bedding, cages, food, play things, and environments that will optimize their life and longevity.
History of the Teddy Bear.
The teddy bear hamster was first spoken of scientifically in 1839, but was not bred and domesticated until the 1940’s. Hamsters got their namesake from their predisposition to hoarding food. Hamster comes from German, and literally translates, “One who hoardes.” Hamsters have been documented as having grain food stashes of up to sixty pounds. That is an astronomical amount to collect for an animal that only weighs a few ounces.
Since their domestication is the 1940’s Syrian hamsters, along with their cousins, rats, and mice have been used as test subjects in labs. The reason for rodent’s test subject popularity is due to how prolific they are. Hamsters can reproduce as young as 4 weeks old, usually have several pups in each litter, and can have several litters throughout a year. This makes studying the effects of medication, etc on future generations very easy.
Teddy Bear Hamsters most notably have been used to test alcohol aversion drugs. Teddy Bear’s have a high alcohol tolerance level (around three hundred percent of ours) and when given the choice between alcohol and water will choose alcohol. This has made them great test subjects for medication to discourage excessive alcohol consumption. These tests have yielded many positive results and have made transitions into our marketplace.
Yet the Syrian Hamster since its domestication has also gained widespread popularity as a pet. Mostly due to their cuteness, curiousness, and playful antics. Hamsters will continue to be one of the most popular pets to own in the world and are a great asset to humanity’s health and happiness.