Angora hamsters: care and maintenance
When people see a hamster, they believe that in front of them is a soft and beautiful toy. Often these babies are bought as a gift for children who can easily injure the tender beast. A hamster is also a living creature that requires care, attention and care. A hamster is a solitary animal, it needs its own cage. Charming creatures planted together can seriously injure each other. In addition, if your pets are dioecious, then soon you will have a lot of small hamsters with different pathologies, since close relations affect their health not in the best way.
In fact, Angora is only wool. Accordingly, this name was given to this species precisely because of it. Angora hamster hair is long and fluffy. And so it is all the same Syrian variety of animals. They are golden, red or with black stripes on the sides. This is the most common type. Both ordinary (short-haired) and Angora hamsters are found almost everywhere, you can buy them for a small amount in any pet store.
Life hamsters and conditions of detention
Before you buy an animal, you need to think about where it will live. Angora hamsters are nocturnal animals that will sleep sweetly in a low and open box during the day, but will at night escape from it in search of adventure. By the way, warn children about this feature of animals, do not wake them up during the day to play. A hamster, awakened by a sharp pulling out of a nest, can bite.
Therefore, you must choose a cage in which your Angora hamsters will live. The optimal pallet is 100 cm on the long side, and the number of floors does not matter much. The bars of the cage must choose vertical, the hamster loves to climb them. This allows him to realize the need for movement. It is necessary to put a wheel in a cage.
In the pet store, your Angora hamster will surely attract your attention. Photos of these fuzzies will delight anyone, especially since they are not demanding care. However, let's figure out what must be in the cell. This is a drinking bowl in which there must be constantly clean water.A large running wheel is also a must, and choose a model with a solid surface. You will need at least two bowls, one for dry and one for fresh food. To the animal was able to sharpen teeth and get the necessary amount of minerals, you need to install a chalk stone.
The Angora hamster (a photo of a sleeping animal resembles an image of a piece of cotton wool or fluff) needs a soft nest, despite its wool. Therefore, in advance, place him paper napkins and pieces of cloth (you can also use soft hay) for the nest. But it is better not to put cotton wool, the foot of an animal can easily get tangled in it. You can use sawdust or corn filler. But the newspaper with their poisonous printing ink can not be used. It is not necessary to put a house and a toilet, usually the hamster sleeps anywhere, just not in it. It’s better to just darken one corner of the cell.
Choosing a place for a hamster
The maintenance of the Angora hamsters will not require too much time and effort from you, but initially you need to choose a convenient place to place the cage. It is better if it does not stand on the floor, so that there is no draft from the open balcony or window.A small stand, nightstand or stool is perfect. The cage must be located away from direct sunlight and the heating system or heaters. Be sure to ensure that the cat or dog cannot reach your pet. Make sure that indoor flowers, curtains, clothes hanging from the dryer or hangers do not fit close to the cage. All this can drag in the cage and gnaw the Angora hamster. Caring for them also includes compliance with the rules of airing the premises. The animal needs fresh air.
This is a rodent with a specific smell, so you have to regularly clean up its cage. However, do not do this more often than once a week. If the cage is quite spacious, then within a few days it is enough to change only the filler in the toilet corner. What else do you need to know if you live Angora hamsters? Care and maintenance include mandatory walks. For this you need to build a small pen, which can be easily disassembled and removed when it is not needed. Letting go of a small creature on a trip around the apartment should not be, as the hamster can find something harmful to his health, gnaw through the wiring or even find a slot and go to the neighbors.To take out a hamster on the street is all the more impossible: he will easily get lost or pick up a dangerous infection. It is not necessary to bathe a furry creature, just put a cup of sand in the cage, the hamster will be happy to clean his skin in it.
These are very funny and incredibly thrifty creatures. Never put more food in their cup than they can eat in a day. Obeying instincts, they will drag off everything and hide. The destruction of the pantry is a huge stress for the animal, because in nature it depends on the integrity of the reserves whether it will survive in the winter. So, the Angora hamster lives in your home. What to feed a fluffy to his life was long and happy?
The basis of nutrition are special cereal mixtures, which can be found in any pet store. But this is not enough, since such a diet is severely limited in terms of the content of vitamins and trace elements. It is very useful to give small animals special treats. These are grain sticks and special herbal granola biscuits. In addition, be sure to include in the diet vegetables and fruits, except those that are prohibited for them.
In small quantities, pets can be given sunflower seeds, pumpkins, and nuts, just exclude almonds.Be sure to give any leafy greens, it can be celery or dill, parsley and dandelion. If your child grows, your pet is lucky. He will be very useful children's cereal without sugar. Fat-free cottage cheese and yogurt will also appeal to him. You can periodically give the animal an egg white, hard-boiled. Give the hamster some boiled chicken meat several times in seven days. No more than once a week you can pamper your pet with a flour worm.
Forbidden for hamster products
Do not let your pet travel around the table, because he will try to hide behind his cheeks everything edible that only catches his eye. Categorically it is impossible to allow salty and fatty, sweet and fried foods, as well as canned food and any spices, to get into its diet. Honey, dry pasta (boiled can be in exceptional cases, a little), and mushrooms - banned. You can not offer fluffy pets cabbage, potatoes, onions, garlic and sorrel. It is prohibited to give hamsters citrus and exotic fruits, watermelons and persimmons. And most importantly, the food from our table is not suitable for hamsters.
We turn to the last question today: "How long do Angora hamsters live and how do they breed?" With proper care, your pet can live 2–2.5 years.This is a short time, so immediately be ready to part with your pet. However, malnutrition can greatly shorten its already short age.
If you plan to do breeding, you must purchase a couple of animals and keep them in different cages. At about 4 months they reach puberty, then you can also make the first mating. Moreover, the female can only be knitted for up to one year. This is done on neutral territory, under supervision. You can not worry too much that you miss estrus, it happens to the female every 4 days.
After mating, the pregnant female should not be disturbed. Be sure to include in its diet protein foods (meat, protein, baby food). A few days before delivery, remove the wheel and the house and offer the expectant mother more material for the nest. It is not necessary to wait for the birth for a long time - the hamsters are pregnant for about 16 days. Babies are born blind, but in two weeks they already open their eyes, and wool appears on the back. When they are 4 weeks old, they should be seated by separating the males and females, as they can already mate.