Hamsters reproduce in litters of four to 12 pups with females giving birth an average of two times during the course of their lives in captivity and losing the ability to reproduce at around 1 year of age. Hamsters' ability to care for their young is very fragile and if anything occurs to upset that delicate balance, the mother may kill her own pups.Know More
A female hamster is ready to breed at just a few weeks old, though responsible breeders wait until 4 months to ensure the hamster's health and well-being. Gestation lasts 16 days and birth usually happens at night in coincidence with the hamster's nocturnal habits.
Once the babies are born they must be left alone with their mother. Any human interference, especially human touching of the pups, could lead the mother to kill them for reasons not fully understood. Mother hamsters will also kill their young seemingly at random or if there is a famine and food or water is hard to come by.
Pups mature quickly and should be separated at an early age. Hamsters need their own territory and should not share cages, especially if they are of different genders, as females are larger and more aggressive and will kill males without provocation.Learn more about Pets
Hamsters squeak in order to express their emotions. These squeaks express happiness, excitement, annoyance and fear. There a number clues that can help determine the specific reason behind a hamster's squeak.Full Answer >
Hamsters are small rodents that can be kept as pets and will consume a variety of prepared hamster foods, such as hamster pellets, in addition to suitable fruits and vegetables, such as lettuce, carrots or apples. Variety is an important aspect of hamster diets, and those people who feed their little pets prepared pellet food should rotate that with supplemental foods such as seeds and vegetables. Some fruits and vegetables, including rhubarb and grapes, may be poisonous or otherwise harmful to hamsters, so hamster owners should double check before feeding their pets any non-packaged or hamster-specific foods.Full Answer >
Hamsters often fight because they are territorial. Territorial fights occur when cages are too small or when a new hamster is placed in another hamster's cage. According to Hamster Fanciers, hamsters may also fight if they are different breeds and placed in the same cage.Full Answer >
Rats generally have between 6 and 12 babies (called pups or kittens) in their litters. Female rats can be pregnant for anywhere from 21 to 28 days.Full Answer >