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      29.07.2010 14:52
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      Most adorable hamster on the market

      My boyfriend bought me a hamster cage for xmas and I knew exactly what i wanted. I had seen them before xmas and they are the cutest little critters I have ever seen. So off i went to the pet shop to buy one. Having had larger hamsters before i didnt think i needed to research them as I thought all hamster would be very much the same.

      The pet shop asked if i would like two as they are suitable to keep in pairs. However, having had friends who have had two hamsters who have later gone on to fight i declined (and having read reviews on here I am also glad i did not have two).

      I took my little hamster home and popped her in the cage. At first she was petrified and hid in the corner for hours. I wasnt too worried as this is fairly normal when taken away from their home. After a few hours she then started to explore and run around and even took to climbing across the ceiling. She is a great little thing to watch and provides much entertainment and laughter.

      I let her settle in for a few days as recommended then began to start the taming process. Now this is where is got tricky. These hamsters are impossibly fast, to the point where i have never once managed to catch her. They are also very timid and now 6 months on even with regular handling she will still not willingly walk onto my hand or take a treat from me. On the plus side this breed is noted for not bighting and i have never once been bitten by her.

      I do not let her defeat me and I have learnt a few tricks to ensure she does get regular handling. First of all I place the cage in a large box (i use the one the cage came in). I then remove the lid of the cage. Now she cannot escape as in box but i can get to her. As she will not walk onto my hand I remove places she can hide, such as her bed. I then place her ball into the cage and wait for her to walk into this or any tubes in he cage. Once she waks into one of these i then pick this up and tip her onto my hand. Some days this can be time cosuming, other days she walks straight in there ready to have her fuss.

      Once I have my hamster in hand she is fine. She is happy and will freely walk over my hands without a care in the world. She has never once attempted to jump out my hands, though i do hold her over the box just in case as i would never catch her again if she got free! Once she has had some fuss i then pop her in her ball and will zoom around the house.

      As they are tiny they have tiny appetites. I give her a bowl of food a week and she never gets through it all. I have found her favourite food seems to be the tiny seeds (millet seeds i think). She also loves the hamster yoghurt drop treats you can buy. As they are so small they do only need a tiny amount of fresh produce as too much would be bad for them. So far mine has happly munched on celery, spinach, lettuce, cucumber and various fruits. She even tried a little egg and liked this.

      I like to vary her cage to give her something new each week. This doesn't need to be expensive. As they are small they can fit in or under most things. I have used toilet rolls, carboard boxes and one of her particular favourites is egg cartons. I often tend to seal a box which she can then use as her bed then make a tunnel into it with a toilet roll as her entrance. This provides her with a really secure feeling home then. I have also brought a few things such as see saw, bridge, and 2 wodden houses.

      A tip I have learnt is that they enjoy sands baths as chinchillas do. So i fill a food bowl with the chinchilla dust you can buy for her. I haven't actually witnessed her use it but i have seen videos on u-tube of Roborvski hamsters that do.

      I have read online that they can live up to 5 years, though i believe the average is less than this.

      Even taking into account the difficulty in handling she is by far the most adorable hamster i have ever had and great fun to watch. I would not recommend them to kids or anyone who wants a hamster to cuddle and sit on their lap but if you want great entertainment and a fairly low maintenance pet then this is the hamster for you.

      Thanks for reading my review and i hope you enjoy your Roborovski hamster as much as i do

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      19.07.2010 22:56
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      These hamsters make good pets to watch not a pet for handling

      After my russian dwarf hamster died after a long hamster life of 3 years 3 months we decided to look for a different kind of hamster for our new pet. I didn't really fancy a larger hamster as I think the smaller ones looks cuter so we picked a robovorski hamster as they were really tiny and cute. Robovorski hamsters can live up to 2-3 and a half years.

      We had him from pets at home and he cost £5 they were 2 for £9 but I would not recommend anyone keeps hamsters toghether even if the shop tells you its ok as my last hamster came in a pair and the one killed the other it was very distressing. The member of staff in the shop caught him and put him straight in the box for us to take home. We did not hold him in the store as we had been encouraged to do when we brought the russian ones and when we got home we found out why.......

      WARNING these hamsters are super fast!!!!!!! as soon as we got him out the box he jumped from my hands taking me by suprise by his speed luckily he didn't hurt himself on the fall to the floor and did a runner straight under the settee after about 10 minutes my partner was able to catch him and check he was ok. I was a little annoyed I had not been warned of there speed in the shop else I would have been more cautious when getting him out.

      Anyway they are very entertaining hamsters sprinting around their cage and running in his wheel. You will need a dwarf hamster cage which you need for keeping smaller hamsters and these are very small hamsters and don't grow much bigger than they are when they are young approx 4-5cm. He also enjoys running everywhere in his hamster ball again you will need a smaller hamster ball for this to. These hamsters are hard to tame due to their nature so pick another kind of hamster if you want to handle them regularly.

      I feed him once a day which seems to be enough for him he doesn't always finish his bowl and hamsters are so easy to care for they make great pets.

      If you are buying a hamster for a small child I would not recommend these kind of hamsters as their speed may make child may and they could injure the hamster accidently the russian dwarf hamsters are definatley more child friendly and more willig to be held.

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        14.03.2010 01:59
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        Full of personality but not suitable for children

        I have my own little Roborovski and she is a very special girl. She was however, a rescue from Pets at home - she had been separated from her siblings because they were bullying her. I have also spoken to a number of dwarf hamster specialists who have had to separate roborovski pairs and groups due to squabbling.

        If you do want to keep a pair or group of roborovski hamsters together then it is ESSENTIAL to triple check that they are all of the same sex - hamsters will mate their siblings. When you have determined they are the same sex, it is useful to introduce two of each toy (wheels, tubes etc) in an attempt to avoid squabbles. Roborovskis are also best kept in tanks (they will escape easily from most wired cages) without shelves or extra levels since they can become territorial over them.

        Roborovskis are wonderful little pets - immensely entertaining to watch and often active during the day as well as the night. Although they can be tamed, I would not recommend them as pets for children since they cannot be 'cuddled' and they are supremely fast! And if you do buy a pair or group, be prepared to split them into separate cages if necessary!

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        01.03.2010 22:37

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        A fabulous pet for the right person, but do your research

        These are very small little critters who are very cute but very fast and often quite timid. Not really suitable for a child's pet as you can't play with them in the same way as you can with Syrian hamsters, but they are massively entertaining if all you want to do is watch them play. They are often sold in pairs but in my experience (and the experience of many in the hamster fancy) they can have a very sudden falling out even after long periods of time, and the fighting can be very fierce - blood can be shed. So if you do have a pair, be prepared to separate them if they fight, it is often best to have a spare carry cage ready just in case! Also, it is common for pet shops to mis-sex them as they can be very difficult to hold still and also to actually tell the difference between the sexes unless experienced, this is what happened with our first pair, we ended up with an accidental litter! And finally with seven different cages when they all eventually fell out with each other.

        They need cages such as the Mini Duna, Savic Rody, Mickey Max, Duna Multy or similar - they are not good at climbing so don't put them in a Rotastak, and they can squeeze through the bars of a standard hamster cage.

        Very rewarding little animals though, so long as you know what to expect.

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        14.10.2009 02:48
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        Cute pets but you can't really handle or play with them

        Roborovski hamsters are extremely cute, tiny hamsters (around 2 inches long when fully grown) that like to live in pairs. They are much less common than Syrian hamsters & Russian Dwarf hamsters, but can usually be found in larger pet shops. You should buy either 2 boys or 2 girls from the same litter (if you bought them from different litters they would almost certainly fight; & if you had 1 boy & 1 girl you'd quickly be overrun with babies!).

        One of the main things to remember when buying these hamsters is that they need a cage specifically designed for dwarf hamsters or mice, as they'd be able to squeeze through the bars of a typical hamster cage. It is also best for the 2 hamsters to have 1 wheel each in the cage as they absolutely love to run in it & will spend most of the night doing just that (it can be quite noisy so don't keep the cage in the bedroom! remember hamsters are nocturnal!). They also love tunnels to run through, e.g. cardboard tubes, & a bowl or tray of sand to have sand baths & dig in (although this is not essential).

        The main difference between a Roborovski hamster & the more well-known Syrian hamster, apart from the size, is their speed. Roborovskis are extremely fast and therefore quite difficult to handle. This makes them unsuitable for children to have as pets as they just wouldn't be able to pick them up. The only way I am able to handle mine is by putting them in a large cardboard box (transferring them into that from their cage using their exercise balls), & letting them walk onto my hand. They'll stay there for a few seconds, but that's all. You can't really hold or stroke them properly & you can't let them loose on the carpet as it's almost impossible to catch them, they're so fast & they just slip out of your hand.

        Because they're so difficult to handle, I would not buy Roborovski hamsters as pets again. I feel sorry for them because I can't really let them out of their cage except in an exercise ball, whereas I let my Syrian hamster run loose in the room as I know I can catch him.

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          21.06.2009 17:42
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          I love these little gits!.... all 7 of them!!

          I have seven of these little critters and I love them so much!

          My partner come back from pets and home one morning about 2 years ago claiming he had a pet as I was moaning I wanted one When I opened the little box there was two roborovski hamsters looking up at me with their cutest little eyes and my response after 'arrrrrrr how cute' was 'there a bit small aint they!' Well of course there small being the smallest hamster you can buy.

          We was told at the pet shop that they where two boys but a year later we thought either we are going to make a lot of money as its a miracle that a boy hamster has had a littler of 5 or either the boy at the shop has made a mistake.... the 2nd one seemed more realistic so we went with that one.

          Roborovski hamsters make excellent parents and both the male and female have a big part in looking after their young. I phone the vet whom said if i didn't remove the male then he would eat the babies and that its very rare that 2 hamsters can live together without fighting and that they are solitary animals who prefer being alone which i couldn't get my head round as they were always playing, sleeping in their hut together and basically stuck to each others sides!

          Im glad I didn't take the vets advice as when I done more research i began to learn that roborovki's are very different from other hamsters and they in fact, in the wild live in groups.

          The dad didn't eat them and when the mum would go to eat or drink he would lay on them to protect and keep them warm.

          We decided to keep the 5 babies as they were just too cute to give away and I fell in love with every single one of them. so we made out own cage from huge Ikea storage boxes and they all now live in a 6 storey hamster palace, we have found out the girls from the boys and the 4 girls have the first 3 floors and the 3 boys have the upper floors otherwise we would be over-run with them!

          They are very funny animals and each one has a different character. They love to burrow and roll in sand so if you are thinking of getting some then id suggest getting them a little sand bath and I have filled a small lunch box type thing with mixed sawdust and sand for them to burrow. They also love wheels and different climbing toys.

          They are very fast and if one escapes it can be very hard to get it back! it took us nearly 4 hours once to catch an escapee!
          The plus point to that is if your sisters cat manages to get one out the cage and chases it..... its very very fast and it wont get eaten! Luckily enough my one didn't anyway!

          They can become a lot more tame if you handle them on a daily basis but they will never be a pet you can just sit down and stroke without them moving so they arnt the best pet for small children.

          The roborovski are only one colour which is a sandy/browny and white, like the picture.

          They are very clean pets aswell and if you put a really small tray in there with some litter they will do all their toilets in there.

          There diet consists of just a mixed hamster mix and they like mixed dried friut aswell as lettuce and nuts that arnt too salty.

          They are nocturnal animals so they are up all night making noise so i would bear that in mind!

          Overall these are fantastic little pets and I couldn't recommend them more!!!

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            18.06.2009 14:25
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            I wouldn't buy another one.

            The Roborovski hamster is the smallest of all hamsters, growing to just 2 inches long, if not smaller at full size!

            The hamster is looked after in the same way as a normally hammy! Their cage needs to be smaller than a normal hamster cage, and a mouse cage is the best kind to have as the wires are closer together to ensure they don't squeeze through (if your hamster gets out, you'll never find it!!!!!!). And mouse food is best for them as its smaller pellets, we actually use normal hamster food but we wrap it in cling film and bash it with a hammer before giving it to him as the big pieces are way too big for him!!!!

            Tubes and a wheel are a good idea as these animals are very active and love to run around, and love to find new places to hide.

            Now I'm sorry to say but this is one of the animals I have which I do regret buying, although very cute to look at, they're a very boring animal in my opinion, we have his house in a quiet part of the house, but we never ever see him as whenever you go anywhere near his cage he darts inside!! Unlike Syrian hamsters who will get to know you if they see you every 3 days, Roborovski's need to see you and be handled by you every day, and preferably a few times a day to get to know you and be tame. This isn't really possible for most people to do, and as they're so tiny and fast, you have to be so careful you don't drop them as they'll dart off and you'll never see them again!

            To be honest, if you're thinking about one of these, I wouldn't recommend them to you if you want an animal who you get to know, and who you can handle, they don't like been held, and are VERY timid!! I would definitely tell you to get a Syrian over a Roborovski, they're much more fun, and they have a much bigger personality!

            Sorry this is short and sweet, but there really isn't much to say about these hammys which you won't see in my Syrian Hamster review as they feed the same, and drink the same, and are looked after in the same way! :-) xxx

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              09.04.2009 17:48
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              a beautiful animal

              Wholst wandering around pets at home a few months ago myhubby and children spotted a roborovski hamster in the aoption center, he was from a littler they were selling on the shop floor but unlike there usual nature of enjoying company he wasnt very friendly with other hamsters so had been parted from his friends, he was a lovely little thing that came streight to the front to see us and we just had to have him.

              There are 4 types of hamster kept as pets in the uk, syrian hamsters that are the general large hamster then 3 dwarf breeds, the russian dwarfs, chinese hamsers and roborovski hamsters which is what sandy our hamster is.

              Due to dwarf hamsters being so very small and fragile to handle they are much better suited to adults than they are to small children.

              Just as with a basic syrian hamster they are nocturnal sleeping all day and waking during the night so idealy you realy dont want them in your bedroom as they will keep you awake all night.

              Roborovski hamsters are the smallest of all the hamsters and also the quickest, i was realy surprised at how quickly sandy could run concidering his very small size and even more impressed by the fact he jumps aswell. ours is a sandy colour with a white stomach which is a realy common colour for roborovski hamsters and also why he got the name sandy, not very original i know.

              My care leaflet told me to expect him to live for around 2 years but he is only a few months old at the moment.

              Dwarf hamsters generaly like company but as i said at the start sandy had been seperated as he doesnt like company of other hamsters but we make up for that with the human attention he gets and he loves it. He is a bit jumpy when handled and doesnt seem to enjoy it too much even after a couple of months of trying to get him used to it so now he just enjoys playing in his cage or ball and having us talk to him, although i dont think he understands a word i say to him.

              Caging a dwarf hamster is more difficult than a syrian as they have a tendancy to escape through bars of the cages so idealy you need a cage without any bars or one suited and specially designed for a dwarf.

              Although sandy is very small he manages very well to eat norml hamster muesli from pets at home and doesnt get through a lot of it so a bag lasts a long time although he is getting rather fat and is as round as he is long these days.

              We already had an ordinary hamster ball at home but when we put him in it he was way too small to move the ball, this might have been ok if there were a couple of them in there but because he is on his own we went looking for a smaller hamter ball and found they do a mini hamster ball designed for dwarf hamsters which he manages to move very easily so gets himself a lot of exercise this way.

              We use a ceramic food bowl in his cage as he likes to climb into the bowl with his food and unlike any other hamster i have ever owned he just eats what he wants and leaves the rest in the bowl, he doesnt store it anywhere.

              Sandy has a very small water bottle on his cage which i change the water in daily although he hardly gets through any of it and has his whole cage cleaned out once a week but never smells at all with him being so small.

              We have brought him a little house to sleep in and gnawing toys to keep his teeth down but his favorite is a toilet rolll tube to sleep in, he takes his bedding in there and makes his own nest.

              Although i love sandy a lot and think he is very comical to watch i would not recomend him as a pet for a child as he is way too small and too quick to be handled.

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                19.02.2009 00:05
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                This is a fun and cute pet to have that is also inexpensive.

                Roborovski Hamsters are small, cute, furry and friendly when they are given time to get used to people. I have had 2 of these cuties for a month now. They are the smallest breed of domestic hamsters.

                Firstly, you need to be careful when handling these guys as they are so very fast!! Drop them in a room and I don't think that you would ever get them back again as they would get under the floor boards or into some small hole and just stay there.

                My hamsters are just getting used to me. I started by putting my hand in their cage with some treats in it and gradually they began sitting on my hand. They now come to me no problem.

                They do nibble slightly on your fingers but they are not actually biting and it doesn't hurt. They love their exercise and for this they have a wheel and I've got a couple of balls that is safe for them to be put in and left to run around the room until their hearts are content.

                I buy hamster muesli food from the pet shop and a bag that cost me £2 is still going strong now. They eat very little, I tend to give them a small amount of fresh lettuce or carrot every day but only a small amount. I also change their water every day but again they don't drink that much.

                In their cage, I have put in some sawdust, some cotton wool type bedding (especially for hamsters) which they like to burrow in, a small elephant house that they also like to hide in and some wooden toys for their teeth.

                In summary, these are very cute, funny, friendly and inexpensive pets to own.

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                  02.02.2009 16:23
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                  There's no denying they're very cute, but I'll stick to Syrians!

                  Hamsters are probably one of the most popular pets you can own, and an animal most people have probably owned during some point in their childhood. We're all familiar with the highly popular Syrian Hamsters, but these gorgeous things, once quite rare, and now becoming increasingly popular as pets...

                  *About Roborovski Hamsters*
                  Roborovski Hamsters or Rob's for short originate from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and northern parts of China and measure just 4.5 centimetres in length once fully grown, making them the smallest breed of hamster commonly kept as pets. They are easily recognisable by their sandy brown and grey coloured backs with snowy white undersides and detailing to the face, they also lack the dark coloured dorsal stripe which is seen in other dwarf hamster breeds.

                  Unlike the larger Syrian hamsters which must be kept on their own, Rob's are very social animals and can live in pairs or small groups of the same sex if purchased at the same time, and preferably from the same litter- they enjoy the company of their own kind and are much happier than when housed on their own-, they mustn't, however, be housed with different breeds of hamster, whether dwarf or not.

                  *Purchasing a Roborovski Hamster*
                  This breed was once quite rare and hard to source, with some breeders in the States paying hundreds of dollars of one. Thankfully, due to their increasingly popularity they are now quite readily available in most of the larger pet stores such as Pets At Home, this is where I purchased mine, and they cost around £7 each.

                  When choosing your hamsters you should always make sure that the establishment you are purchasing them from is clean, tidy and that the staff are knowledgeable enough to tell you a little bit about the breed. The cages in which the hamsters are kept should be large enough to comfortably contain the amount of animals they have in, and equipped with enough things to amuse the hamsters, aswell as having a sleeping area, and fresh food and water available. Make sure the cage isn't too soiled, and that there is no evidence of any illness to the hamsters such as diarrhoea or blood on the wood shavings.

                  Ideally, go to choose your hamsters in the evening, as like all hamster breeds, Rob's are nocturnal and in the evening this is when they will be most active. Spend a little while observing the hamsters before finally choosing the ones you would like, and make sure the ones you pick aren't lethargic, have a nice healthy appearance to them with no discharge around the nose, ears, eyes or bottom, and no evidence of upset stomachs, skin problems or overgrown teeth. If the pet shop is willing to sell you just one hamster, then walk away, Rob's are very sociable animals and need to be kept with their own kind- no reputable pet shop will sell you just one.

                  *Housing*
                  Due to their exceptionally small size, Rob hamsters shouldn't be housed in regular hamster cages. You will need to get one especially for the smaller breeds of hamster- these look just like the regular hamster cages but the bars are positioned closer together to prevent your Rob from being able to slip entirely or partially through the bars.

                  There is three main types of hamster cage available- firstly the traditional wire topped cages with plastic bases- these are my preferred type of hamster cage, they allow good ventilation, opportunity for climbing on the bars and have a nice deep base that can be filled with wood shavings for your hamster to tunnel in, they also have the added advantage of being pretty escape proof.

                  Secondly, is the more modern plastic cages which have lots of different tunnels and sections that clip together, and you can buy various attachments to expand the cage size. Whilst these certainly look very attractive and good fun, they really are quite a disappointment, or so I have found anyway. Rob's are too small to be able to climb through the tunnels, they have very poor ventilation, offer no chance for climbing and are extremely hard to clean, they can also be chewed very easily too.

                  Lastly, is an old glass aquarium. These design of hamster cages are good in some ways as they are usually quite large and have the advantage of being deep too, so you can provide lots of wood shavings for your hamster to tunnel in, and they're also completely chew proof and could help keep your hamster safer from any animals such as cats that you may also have in the house. On the down side, they are very hard to adequately ventilate, even with a mess top, and they are usually very heavy, making cleaning difficult.

                  Whatever type of cage you decide to provide for your hamster they should all have the base lined with clean wood shavings (not sawdust) and have the same equipment in them:

                  - Nesting box: your Rob will need somewhere to sleep and this can be provided in the form of a nesting box. They can either be plastic, wood or cardboard and filled with cosy nesting material, either clean shredded paper or shop brought hamster bedding

                  - Exercise wheel: Rob's are extremely active animals and need the opportunity to run to their hearts content, an exercise wheel will provide them with the exercise they need. For a Rob you will need to buy the smallest size wheel you can find, and one made from plastic with a solid running area, advoid the metal ones which have open rungs that your hamster could catch his feet in. Exercise wheels are a good alternative to exercise balls as your hamster can exercise as and when it likes, and for as long as it likes.

                  - Food dish and water bottle: A food dish isn't strictly necessary as in the wild hamsters will forage for their food and you can recreate this by scattering their food around the cage for them to find. If you do choose to use a food dish, then any ordinary shallow plastic hamster dish will do, or a small metal bird seed cup which can clip to the side of the cage. Water always be supplied in a drip feed water bottle and never in a dish.

                  - Toys: Although Rob's aren't quite as keen on climbing as the larger Syrians, they do still appreciate a selection to toys to climb and exercise on. You can use either shop brought toys or clean toilet roll inners, egg boxes with holes cut out and clean empty jam jars make equally good toys which can be replaced as necessary.

                  *Feeding*
                  The diet requirements of a Rob are very easy to meet, and they eat very little per day, with the base of their diet being a good quality hamster mix. I feed mine Pets At Home own brand hamster mix as their staple food and then supplement with very small amounts of fresh fruit, vegetables, boiled rice, boiled egg, oats and bran every other day. Hamsters are not vegetarians as most people seem to think, they absolutely adore the occasional small piece of boiled chicken and love pieces of broken dog biscuits aswell, these are exceptionally good at keeping teeth clean and short too. Although hay isn't an essential part of a Rob's diet like it is with a rabbit or guinea pig, they do enjoy it in small quantities from time to time, however unless you are already buying it for another pet then I wouldn't bother buying it just for your Rob's as they won't eat a bag in their life time! As with all animals, fresh clean drinking water should always be available, although they drink very little, its important to change the water everyday so there is always a fresh supply.

                  *Handling*
                  Roborovski Hamsters are the fastest moving of the hamster breeds and can jump very well too, which makes them extremely hard to handle. With a lot of patience, and socialising, they can be tamed enough to handle but they will never get to the level of friendliness a Syrian would, and they don't appear to like handling all that much either. If you do wish to handle your Rob's then only get one out of the cage at a time, and start by rubbing your clean hands in their bedding to get their scent on you and then lay your hand flat on the bottom of the cage and allow them to venture onto you, when they are comfortable doing that, you can gently cup them and lift them out. Just be extremely careful handling them- they're very quick and hard to keep hold of and definitely must not be handled by children.

                  In most cases Roborovski Hamsters are probably best as a 'watch-only' pet, because as mentioned before, they really do not seem to enjoy handling and don't thrive on attention like the Syrians do. I don't handle mine unless absolutely necessary (for health check etc) but they do allow me to stroke them whilst they are in the cage.

                  *Health Care*
                  Roborovski Hamsters appear to be the healthiest of the hamster breeds and this is reflected in their lifespan- they live on average 3 to 3 ½ years compared to just 1 or 2 years that a Syrian lives. The most common complaints a Roborovski can suffer are all easily preventable:

                  - Wet Tail: this is caused by stress, feeding too much fresh food and dirty living areas and can be spotted by the hamster appearing to have a wet area on the fur around their tail, aswell as diarrhoea. This can be prevented by sticking to feeding only tiny amounts of fresh food every couple of days, limiting handling and ensuring you clean your Rob's cage out weekly- removing all old bedding, washing with hot water and mild pet safe disinfectant and then providing new fresh bedding.

                  - Overgrown teeth: Rob's aren't such avid chewers as their larger cousins and don't tend to chew on their toys as much to keep their teeth down. For this reason, they will need to be encouraged to chew by providing small animal wooden chew blocks, a mineral stone (which also provides essential salts, vitamins and minerals for your hamsters) and feeding hard foods occasionally such as a small piece of brazil nut, dog biscuit or hard vegetable such as carrot.

                  - Fleas: If you have cats and dogs in the house and they catch fleas, these can easily be passed to your Rob's if the infected animal comes close to the cage. To advoid you should obviously not allow other pets to get fleas in the first place, but if this does happen, then you will need to treat your Rob's with special small animal flea drops available from your vets. Don't use the same products that you use on your cat or dog. Signs of fleas are a dull coat with dandruff and excessive itching.

                  You should get to know the usual appearance of your hamsters so you can easily identify any abnormalities such as lumps, bumps or scratches on the skin and also become familiar with the amount of food your hamsters eat, and the amount of water they drink per day, so you can spot any changes in feeding habits which can be a sign of illness. If you do spot any change in eating habits, abnormalities or problems such as runny eyes, sticky discharge around the nose and ears, diarrhoea or poor movement, then take your hamster straight to the vet.

                  *Conclusion*
                  I don't usually like to buy animals from pet shops, as I can never really justify it seeing as there is so many animals in rescue centres needing homes as it is and I prefer to adopt them when possible, but when I saw these Roborovski Hamsters in Pets At Home, I just had to have some- sure, there's still room for the rescues too- the more the merrier!

                  I had a very large empty hamster cage at home that would be suitable for a fair few of these hamsters so I purchased six, all apparently girls (and thankfully the pet shop seemed to be right, no babies as yet!) and named them after the characters in the TV show Friends.

                  When I got them back home, I really was quite amazed by them- they're absolutely gorgeous and the speed at which they can run is very impressive, they're quite the gymnast too and are forever playing, making them extremely entertaining animals to watch.

                  I've had them for around a year now and all six are still going strong, admittedly they're probably not a breed of hamster I'd buy again once this lot has passed on. I prefer animals that I can handle and interact with and this guys aren't keen on either but they certainly are fascinating to watch. They're very easy to look after and their upkeep in very cheap- a kilogram bag of hamster mix lasts my six almost 3 months which is very good value, and they don't smell as quickly as the Syrian's cages seem to. Also, they can be quite active during the day despite being nocturnal so you're likely to see them more.

                  Overall, very cute and very entertaining to watch but they don't quite compare to Marmite, my Syrian Hamster.

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