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What are Mesocricetus?
Where are hamsters originally from?
europe to asia
Which hamster is the most common?
What will hamsters do if the temperature drops?
Are hamsters nocturnal?
How do hamsters mark their territory?
rub on things - sebaceous glands on the side of their body
How much do hamster weigh?
90 - 175 grams
Do hamsters defecate/urinate in set areas or all over their cage?
in set areas
Describe a hamster urine.
Are hamsters easy to sex?
How do we tell the sex of hamsters?
the anogenital distance
How long can we house hamsters together? What happens if we house them past a certain age?
can house together if they are <4 weeks old
>4 weeks old they will fight and try to kill each other
Do hamsters often bite when handled?
yes, never surprise them
Can we scruff a hamster?
How long is a hamsters estrous cycle?
What do we see when a hamster is going into estrus?
mucoid discharge - don't confuse with puss
What do we see when a hamster is ovulating?
copious, opaque discharge
When do hamsters reach puberty?
4 - 6 weeks
When do we start breeding hamsters?
once they are older than 10 weeks
How do we breed hamsters?
bring female to male
separate if they start to fight or after 30 minutes
How long is gestation in hamsters?
How many hamsters are in a litter?
5 - 10 in a litter
Is infanticide common in hamsters?
How long should we leave the hamsters alone once they are born?
10 days - 2 weeks
When are hamsters weaned?
Are hamsters hardy animals?
Is trauma a common problem in hamsters?
yes, they get thrown when they bite or they get hurt when they escape from their cages
Antibiotic toxicity is common. What antibiotics should we stay away from to avoid this problem?
avoid procaine products (like penicillin) - can affect the heart
avoid gram positive antibiotics
What are some common diseases of hamsters?
may carry lymphocytic choriomeningitis
What is wet tail?
causes bad diarrhea
most common disease
What kind of demodicosis is common in hamsters?
Where can we collect blood in a hamster?
lateral tail vein
What are the most common places to collect blood in a hamster?
How do we prep a hamster for surgery?
empty cheek pouches