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Thinking about getting a hamster

Starthecavy123

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I've been thinking about getting a Syrian hamster and wanted some advice. I've already researched them and pretty much know how to care for them. And other things like diet and housing. In fact I already have a cage and accessories because over a year and a half ago I was gonna get one but changed my mind. Now I think I'm finally ready and have found one on Craigslist. The lady had a litter of Syrian hamsters. I think is was a accidental litter because she doesn't sound like a breeder. They were born about a couple days ago. So what I really want to know is what kind of medical issues do they get. I want to know before so something doesn't come as a shock.

I also know they live about 3 years at the most. I also know one syrian hamster to a cage so don't worry I'm only getting one. Also I want some experts to tell me some of the things they can and cannot have. Like i said I have researched them but I don't really trust the internet. Anything else I should know let me know because I would like to brush up on my basic knowledge.

Also is there anything thing I should ask this lady? So please any advice would be most appreciated. This forum is the only thing I trust on the internet about this kid of topic.
 

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I had a Syrian. :) He was really adorable, inquisitive, energetic, and had a ton of personality. Mine liked to climb, and chew on everything in his cage. You might have to look into different beddings, some can get stuck in their fur. I used Carefresh, and when I first used it it didn't get stuck, but for some reason later bags I purchased did, which I found strange.

I don't know if this is a quirk of my hamster or if they're all like this, but mine was a super picky eater.

Mine also had a health issue that impacted the use of his back legs. The poor guy couldn't use a running wheel, so he needed a lot of time in a hamster ball to make up the exercise.
 

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