by Leonard Rego
Little balls of excitement - that's what hamsters are. When they're not busy nibbling on a piece of fruit, they're burning calories scampering to nowhere on the exercise wheel. Looking at them you'd think Mighty Mouse had a less stressful workout everyday! By the way, did you know that a hamster is actually a kind of rodent; that is to say, it's really a different kind of mouse?
Think about it - a rat that's as cute as a teddy bear! No wonder kids all over the world love keeping hamsters as pets. And if you decide on bringing one home, you'll need to read up a bit on the what, when, where, why and how of keeping Harold happy (if that's what you decide to name him, of course).
Just so you know, hamsters have large incisor teeth that never stop growing, which means they have to keep gnawing to prevent the teeth from overgrowing and ending up looking like Roger Rabbit's. In fact, the word rodent comes from 'rodere' which is Latin for "to gnaw".
OK, I know you're excited, but this will only take a few minutes, so cut yourself a wedge of cheese and say hello to the Syrian or Golden hamster, the most famous of the lot.
- Before you buy your hamster
- Choosing your hamster
- Care and feeding
- A name for your hamster
- Hamster trivia
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