Panda bear hamsters also known as Panda hamsters were first observed in the middle east in the late 18th century. They are believed to be a cute adorable version of the Syrian hamsters. Known for its black and white fur coats and similar appearance to panda bears, they have been rightly named as Panda bear hamsters.
Characteristic Features Of Panda Bear Hamsters
Panda Bear Hamsters have several distinct characteristic features which can be discussed as follows:
Panda bear hamsters love solitude and do not wish many social interactions with humans. They need their personal space and may get aggressive and irritable if they are awoken or disturbed when resting. With this in mind, it is better to be cautious to avoid getting bitten by your tiny one.
However, they have a soft, gentle, and loving side too and loves attention at times. All you have to do is let them enjoy their space whenever required to be their best friend.
When in their natural habitat, a lonely behaviour by Syrian hamsters is observed which further proves their love for solidarity. So if In case, you are planning to get two hamsters, consider buying two different cages for them. The only time they wish to get along is during mating and nursing. Apart from this period, they try to establish their territorial authority and may ensue into a fight if another hamster enters their authority.
Therefore, to avoid fights and serious injuries, it is important to provide them with their individual space.
Being very active and curious, Panda bear hamsters love interactive toys, tasty treats, and a variety of other hamster products. It is important to keep them entertained while they are in their cage so that they remain happy all day.
For their entertainment, you can place a sturdy wheel inside their cage which will cater to its exercising needs and help them in staying fit. You can also get a ball or a flying saucer for them to play with. Nevertheless, please do not get the tubes to play with as they might get stuck as they start growing and get chubby.
I made this mistake of getting my Syrian hamster a tube and had to face the consequences so just be careful with your little one.
With round fat belly and erect ears, they look exactly like tiny baby Pandas. Their body is covered with thick black and white fur coating and their pink little paws and nose adds to their cuteness.
Nutrition and Diet:
Their daily diet includes a few bites of their favourite fruits and veggies. You may feed them with spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, apple and peaches. One or two tablespoons of pellets can also be offered every day.[sc name=”food” ]
How to set up a perfect home for your Syrian hammy?
Designing the perfect home for your hamster is a fun task and you might want to provide them with the best as they spend the majority of their time in their habitat. You need to consider the following aspects while creating a perfect habitat for your little friend:
1.Place high- quality bedding in their new home. The bedding must be approximately 2 inches in size and should be absorbent, comfortable, and safe. Choose the bedding material wisely. You may choose from a variety of cellulose fibre, paper fibre, aspen shavings, and many other materials available in the market.
How To Prepare Bedding For Your Hamster?
To ensure complete safety of your hamster it is important to make sure that the bedding is free of insects that might harm your tine rodent. For this, all you have to do is, place the new bedding in a bag and freeze it for 48 hours. After 48 hours, take the bedding out and allow it to cool down naturally and room temperature. This kills away insects hiding in your hamster’s bed if any. Furthermore, you should consider the following points too:
- Add interactive toys and chewing sticks:
Hamster’s incisors keep on growing. To wear them down, provide them with chewing sticks. This will also keep them busy and happy for some hours.
Also, supplement them with an exercise wheel so that they can carry out their workout routine effectively. They also love to play with balls so you can consider adding that too.
2. Water Source and a bowl of food:
Add a continuous source of fresh water to your hamster’s cage. Consider attaching a sipper, preferably a glass one for the same. Additionally, keep a bowl with its favourite food items, though make sure that your hamster does not hoard food.
Hamster would love to have a hideaway in their cage. You can make use of cardboard to make a hiding place for your little one. be use that whatever material you use to make the hideaway is hamster friendly and does not harm your hammy in any way.
Cleaning Your Hamster’s Habitat
Your hamster may spend most of its time in their home. Hence, it becomes important to keep their habitat clean to avoid any health issues.
Make a habit of cleaning its cage daily.
Your hamster may urinate on the beddings. Change the beddings daily to provide them with a safe and dry environment.
You should also consider washing the cage, sipper, and other items with soap and water once a month. Before setting back after washing, dry them completely.
Essential Considerations During Setting Up The Hamster’s Home
There are several factors you should take into consideration before Setting up a cage:
- Size: most importantly, you should consider the size. In the case of Syrian hamsters, large cage size is preferred due to their large size. The size of the cage is directly proportional to the size of the hamsters and therefor Syrian hamsters require large areas to play.
- Built: Consider the type of material of the cage. The built-up should be such that the hamsters find comfort in them. An escape-proof with a solid foundation and minimal bar spacing forms a good one.
- Easy To Set-Up & Clean-Up: consider the cage which is easy to set up and clean up. Scoop out the soiled bedding daily and completely wash the cage once a month. or me, I’d go for the one with a plastic tray as the cleaning process just requires lifting the bottom wire off making it much simpler in comparison to other setups.
- Location: set up the location of the cage in such a place that they are not affected by adverse temperatures. For example, do not set them up near windows where bright sunlight directly falls over them.
- Ventilation: the wired cages provide the best possible ventilation. The gap in between wires allows air to pass through keeping them fresh all day. Whereas tube cages are concerned, the enclosed area may become suffocating for your little one.
However. Make sure that you buy the one with less spacing in between wires so that your hamster does not chew it or injure itself while trying to escape out.