Buying hamsters: what you should know beforehand

Before you buy a hamster, make sure you understand the responsibilities that come with it. You should be well-versed in terms of care and maintenance so that the cute chubby cheeks are not lacking in your home. Hamsters are very lovable animals that deserve appropriate care and care - Shutterstock / GUNDAM_Ai

Even if hamsters are small and cute, like other pets, they also require a certain amount of effort in terms of care, care and food. It is important that all people living in the household are aware of the responsibility and agree to the purchase. Please never give a hamster (or other animal) as a surprise to friends or family members without first thoroughly discussing this.

Buy hamsters from animal aid or privately

If you want to buy a hamster and you don't care what age you should first ask at the animal shelter or at animal welfare offices. This variant is in the interest of animal welfare, as each hamster taken has a place for a new, needy rodent. The same applies to private rescue stations and clubs that mediate ingested hamsters. Speaking of private: You can also hope for newspaper advertisements or classified ads on the Internet. Before you buy a hamster privately, you should always pay a visit to the sellers and see the circumstances in which the animals live.

Buy hamsters from the pet store or from the breeder

You could of course also buy hamsters in the pet shop. However, here you run the risk that the little animal was not kept properly - in many pet stores, for example, the hamster cages are much too small or the little ones are not properly looked after. Make sure that the animals are separated by gender and ask the staff about housing conditions, food and other things - if you do not get professional information, the pet shop may not be the best place to go for hamster purchases. Nevertheless, you will usually get all kinds of accessories there, for example for the hamster cage.

If you want to buy a certain hamster breed or value a special coat color, a visit to the breeder is recommended. Make sure you get good advice and take a look at the breeding conditions on site. Hamster breeders unfortunately also have a few black sheep. Tip: Ask the breeder a few hamster questions whose answer you already know and set pitfalls to expose a possibly dubious breeder.

Important points before buying a hamster

As mentioned above, you need to be aware of the responsibility that a hamster brings. The running animals need a lot of movement and enough space. The rodents are mostly loners, but need human attention in the form of care, feed and also play. At the same time, you should know that the animals are not cuddly toys, which must be respected by all family members. Aspects such as regular cleaning of the cage or species-appropriate feeding must never be neglected. Be sure to inform yourself thoroughly about all the requirements for hamster husbandry before buying a hamster.

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What does a hamster cost?

Basically, it can be said that keeping hamsters is not too expensive compared to keeping other, larger animals. How much a hamster costs cannot be answered generally, since several points have to be taken into account, including the type of hamster. While golden hamsters are on average available for less than 10 euros in the pet shop, breeding variants cost a little more. Dwarf hamsters usually cost between 10 and 15 euros, although this information is not guaranteed - a hamster from the breeder is of course more expensive than from the animal shelter.

You have to consider that in addition to the costs for the animal, there are also costs for initial equipment, meals, bedding and visits to the veterinarian. On average, the initial purchase including hamster cage costs between 90 and 120 euros, although deviations are possible, for example if you are building or buying a particularly luxurious hamster cage. The running costs per month are around 8 to 12 euros for the feed and 10 to 15 euros for the nesting material. Veterinarian costs can vary widely and are difficult to predict. When buying a hamster, be sure to inquire about the state of health, possible underlying diseases and vaccinations.