Hamsters Make Great Pets
What’s small fuzzy and squeaks a lot? If you guessed hamsters then you are right! Did you know that hamsters (or other small animals) are the fifth most popular pet in America? I think that they make If you’ve had a pet hamster then you know they make great companions. They won’t be loud or disruptive, and they are easy to take care of.
First, hamsters are great companions to have in your house; they are very affectionate and enjoy being held and pet. When in their cage they will run on a hamster wheel if they have one, if not you may see them climbing the bars of their cage. These furry little animals are very curious and will want to explore any part of the house, if you let them. Hamster fur is very fine and is very soft to pet. Overall hamsters are cute, smart, and curious which leads to the fact that they will make you laugh on a bad day and will make you smile every time you see them.
Not only are hamsters great companions they aren’t disruptive and loud. Hamsters are calm and won’t start making loud noises when something frightens them, they just run to cover. A hamster’s squeak is not loud like a dog’s bark and can easily make you laugh. Hamsters are not messy and won’t go to the bathroom just anywhere in their cage. If you place a clean lid or something else upside down they will do their ‘business’ there.
The last reason and maybe the best reason why hamsters make great pets is how easy it is to care for hamsters. They don’t need to be walked and don’t need to be cared for constantly. They get their exercise on their own inside their cage. To clean their cage you just need to dump the lid out and put fresh bedding. They aren’t destructive like a dog. When it’s left so you won’t have to replace everything. Hamsters are okay with staying home alone for a few hours.
I strongly think that hamsters are great pets because they are such great companions, they aren’t disruptive, and they are very easy to take care of. So the next time you are out looking for a new pet I’d strongly consider a hamster. You won’t regret it!
Posted January 27, 2015 by gavinjv in category 2014-2015, Writing Workshop
Hamsters belong to the rodent family. They have very sharp large incisors that grow continually throughout their lives. As a result they need to “file” them down by gnawing on something hard. If the incisors become too long the hamster will find it difficult to close its mouth or chew properly. They should therefore always have small pieces of wood available to chew on to keep the incisors the right length (not pine or cedar that are toxic to hamsters).
Hamsters have expandable cheek pouches formed by hard dry skin that they use to collect food and carry it to their dens. There is no saliva present in the pouches so that the food remains dry and fresh and does not deteriorate. Hamsters use their forelegs to empty their cheek pouches
The Hamster’s body is covered with thick soft hair that is usually darker on the back and lighter on belly. Unlike mice, hamsters normally have very short tails, except for Chinese hamsters that can have tails up to 2 cms long.
The forelegs of hamsters have four fingers with robust nails that they use to dig tunnels. Hamsters have quite prehensile fingers with which they are able to keep a firm hold on seeds while they nibble them. Hamsters also use their forelegs to groom themselves. They are first licked to dampen them and are then passed over the fur to clean and smooth it.
The rear legs are longer and more robust and have 5 fingers. The ears, are rather large, and externally are covered by a light body hairs, while inside they are hairless; while sleeping hamsters curl up to protect them.
Hamsters are mammals and to feed their babies (pups) they have 7 to 11 pairs of nipples that are only really visible when the hamster is newly born and hairless.
To distinguish between male and female hamsters we must look at the shape of the body (more rounded in females) and the distance between the genital organs and anus, which are closer together in the female than in the male.