How Much Does a Syrian Hamster Cost?
The Syrian hamster is the most popular kind of hamster in the world because of the many distinct varieties of the Syrian hamster breed. The Syrian hamster is the most common kind of hamster often found in pet stores and kept in groups in a big cage.
How much is it?
- The cost may vary depending on the size, age of hamster, store and location. An adult Syrian hamster measuring around six inches could cost anywhere from $5 to $25 each. Sometimes breeders sell a pair for $30, depending on size.
What is going to be included?
- A Syrian hamster has a well-defined tapered head, tiny circular ears and a tiny nose.
- An adult Syrian hamster grows about five inches to seven inches in length and is regarded as the largest type of pet hamster. It can be handled by small children.
- It has a life span of about two to three years, but some can survive for four years.
- It does not really bite, but it may when it is frightened and if it feels threatened.
- Some pet stores may add a hamster kit that includes a cage, some food and pet care guidelines.
What are the extra costs?
- An open-air cage retails for about $30 to $50.
- Spend for bedding materials, such as Aspen shavings, retail for about $3.50 per bag.
- Basic hamster food mix retails for $5 to $6 for a 2-pound bag, which is good for at least a month.
- You may need a pet carrier, which cost about $10 to $16.
- Rotating wheels for exercise retail four about $4 to $20. Additional toys for play and some chewable toys for nipping.
Tips to know:
- The Syrian hamster tends to be a secluded pet and may become territorial if housed with other hamsters. The Syrian hamster is best kept in a separate cage by itself.
- Do not place your hamster in cages made of wire; instead, opt for a suitable one-story cage. For bedding, use tissue rolls and shred these to place in its cage.
- Place its cage in a quiet location to avoid unnecessary stress for your hamster. Do not place cage under direct sunlight and avoid placing its cage in any area where food is prepared.
- Prior to buying your hamster, set up its cage and let it get used to it for a while. But, be sure to make your presence felt, talk to your pet and let it get used to you. If all goes well and it has adapted to its surroundings, you can let it out of its cage after two to three weeks to play outside.
- Your hamster may have poor eyesight, and if your hand smells of food, it could be mistaken it for food. Be sure to wash your hands before feeding it. A good method is to put some food using a spoon.
- Do not pick up your hamster; instead, use some treats to let it come to you. If it does not take food from your hand or from a spoon, leave it and wait for your hamster to eat.
- Do not offer food with high amounts of moisture like lettuce and cucumber since these foods may have a laxative effect.
- The hamster is most active at dawn and dusk, so avoid waking up your hamster.
- Clean its cage with a mixture of water and vinegar.
- Hamsters are habitual hoarders and store food in their cheek pouches and carry food from one location to another. Make sure to clean corners of its cage.
How can I save money?
- The practical way to save on cost is to look for Syrian hamsters up for adoption.
- Consider checking out online websites like PetFinder.com to locate local breeders who are selling hamsters for a lower cost.