Fun Facts about Hamsters

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Fun Facts about Hamsters

Petco is having a free “Meet the Critters” event on Saturday and Sunday, August 24, 25 from 1 p.m.–2 p.m. in all their stores. In a promotion for this special pet day, the company has just published some fun facts about what they term “America’s strong and popular rodent,” the hamster. They point out that although hamsters can be only from 2–7 inches long, they display incredible amounts of strength, stamina and intelligence.

Here are the fun facts:

  • Lifting weights is easy: Hamsters can carry half their body weight in their cheeks alone. When cheek pouches are at their full size, they can sometimes stretch to their shoulders. Most of the time, these pouches are used to store food, but sometimes, female hamsters hide their young in their cheeks to protect them from danger.
  • Hamsters never get lost: Chinese hamsters have scent glands on their abdomens that they rub on objects to leave a scent trail so they can follow it back to their den.
  • Not afraid of the dark: Hamsters are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night. This also means their sense of smell is heightened so they can identify dangers and find their way in the dark.
  • Hamsters are long distance champs: It’s true…hamsters can run up to eight miles a day on hamster wheels. To keep up with the pet’s physical needs, the Humane Society of the United States recommends plastic hamster wheels, instead of metal ones with spokes, to prevent injuries to their small toes and feet.
  • Brawn and brains: Not only are hamsters physically fit, but they are mentally alert as well. Like a dog or a cat, hamsters can be trained to perform simple tricks, relying on their intelligence to help them remember certain cues and commands.

If you happen to have a hamster or are looking at getting one as a pet, it is nice to know these tiny creatures have so much going for them.   And Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic is here to help you with any health issues your hammy may come up with.  Don’t forget to call us for an appointment when you need us!

For your hamster’s health needs, call
Wells Branch Pet and Bird Clinic at 512-339-8472.

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