Different types of Hamster have different lifespans.
The Syrian Hamster lives an average of 2 to 2 and a half years.
The Campbell Dwarf Hamster has an average lifespan of 1 and a half to 2 years.
The Winter White Dwarf Hamster has also an average lifespan of 1 and a half to 2 years.
The Roborovski Dwarf Hamster lives to an average of 3 to 3 and a half years.
And the Chinese Dwarf Hamster has an average lifespan of 2 to 3 years.
The lifespan of your pet mouse on average is between 2 and 3 years.
In the wild the average lifespan is only between 6 and 12 months.
Pet Mouse Diet -
Food for Mice are slightly different to Hamsters and other small Mammals, it is better to keep food for the individual Mammals such as Mice, Hamsters and Guinea Pigs completely separate just to make sure you do not end up with a sick little mammal.
Food in the local Pet Stores are usually marked Rodent Food, so again it is better to check whether that means Mice or hamsters or Guinea Pigs. Food for Mice is usually an assortment of dry grains and seeds which is usually a good source of nutrition. However as with all Pets they do need a change otherwise the same food can be just plain monotounous and boring.
A homemade treat which takes very little time to make can be as follows:
1 part of cooked rice ( wholegrain )
2 parts oats and barley ( crushed )
A half part of molasses
and a half part of millet seed.
An alternate meal of both the pet shop and homemade food would be a good idea.
Treats that are Allowed for Mice in SMALL amounts are as follows:
Green Vegetables - Leafy Greens broccoli
Crunchy Fruits - Apples - Celery - Carrots - Garden Peas - and Mealworms If you wish!!
NOT CITRUS FRUIT
Cooked pasta such as spaghetti, looks like worms!
Mice can eat between 15 and 20 times in a day.
FOODS TOXIC TO MICE: Foods that are known to cause bad reactions when ingested such as mental problems! or diarrhea or itching, again better to be safe.
Chocolate ( as with all pets )
Acidic fruit such as oranges and lemons.
Acidic vegetables such as garlic and onions etc
Corn can cause allergies - both can cause itchy red spots on the head and neck
Peanuts can cause allergies -
Can be toxic also as you know, store food that is made for other mammals and not Mice.
IMPORTANT also is if you wish to change your friend's diet and introduce new food or cut certain foods out of his diet, do so but VERY SLOWLY, if it is too quickly your mouse can stop eating new food altogether or your mouse can be confused, and you do not want a confused Mouse!!!!
A companion would also be good company for Your Mouse to play with.
Keep in mind you probably are not ready to be a parent to baby mice so you need to keep an eye on which gender when finding your Mouse a companion.
Adjusting to new Home Enviroment:
When obtaining Your Mouse he/she must be over 5 weeks old, any earlier than that is much too early to be separated from it's Mother because little mouse is still being fed by Mum.
This first stage of separation from the Mother can be overwhelming for your new little Pet Mouse and just needs attention in being kept healthy and happy while he/she adjustments to it's new home enviroment.
Having a Mouse as your Pet can be a very entertaining experience as they are very intelligent little creatures and interacting with these curious creatures can provide a lot of fun many times over. There are as many and more 30 different known species of mice and are nocturnal animals, coming out at night.
Poor eyesight is made up with a very keen sense of smell and hearing, using their whiskers to sense direction and sensing temperature changes.
Mice, as with any pet must be kept clean and need attention and fed well. Wooden boxes are much more preferable than wire cages. Your Mouse House needs to be free of drafts and any damp areas and cold areas. Keep in a non-stressful, quiet, warm enviroment
without condensation. Little mammals can get sick rather quickly so an eye must be kept out for changing conditions around your Mouse House.
Mice keep their homes very clean and
organized and have separate compartments in the home, such as bedroom for sleeping and they have their storage space for food and of course their toilet areas.
They learn very quickly and some toys and exercise props in their wooden home would come in very handy when you are busy. Letting your mouse have a break outside his house is a must, to be confined continuously, no matter how nice you make it, for your pet Mouse to feel free outside, otherwise his/her sense of confinement might end up to be overwhelming, just like you would feel if you were confined for any long length of time.
A second wooden box can be acquired
and you can add little tubes running from one wooden home to the other wooden box to make the life of mouse fun, you can add as many extra wooden boxes as you wish and as many tube corridors ( all within reason of course) to provide a stimulating and interesting enviroment for your little mate. Adding extra space via the extra wooden boxes is a good idea.
You do not have to buy toys, they can be made from almost anything (safe) and with a little imagination.
Pet Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs
Pet Hamsters & Mice
Hamsters live in burrows through the day and come out to feed at night.
They do fill their cheeks with food which gives the impression of a double cheek pouch, sometimes triple cheek pouch full of food.
There are 25 separate Species of Hamster.
Caring for your Pet Hamster.
Hamsters are wonderful pets low maintenance and quiet little ones. Great family pets and are great first time pets for small children and teaching them how to care for a live small animal. Hamsters are very easy to care for and interact very easily with humans. Hamsters make wonderful Pets!
Hamsters are simple to care for when you know a few simple facts such as keeping your Hamsters cage or wooden home cleaned on a regular basis. Line their home with plenty of hay to make them happy and comfortable, they like to forage.
Chewing & Wood blocks
You can put wood chips or a wood block, NOT CEDAR CHIPS OR BLOCK,
CAN BE VERY BAD, IN THEIR HOME. They like to chew and having a wooden block or chips would keep your Hamster busy. By chewing on this wood it helps to keep their teeth length down. If their teeth are not kept filed down it can cause many problems sometimes life threatening.
Diet that takes into consideration what your hamster can eat and what food is toxic to your new little Friend.
Might seem a ridiculous thing to mention, but it really is so easy for busy people and busy children to completely forget to shut that door or leave your Mouse House out in the open where it can be terribly frightened until you come home or your cat can get curious and start pawing the house. So just a reminder.
There is so much evidence of different types of animals befriending each other
and just never leaving each other's side and it is such an amazing sight to see but unless there are different signs indicating this incredible phenominum it is best to keep little Mouse safe as can be.
Fresh layers of hay and adequate bedding material is needed to keep Mouse warm and comfortable especially at night.
A Happy & Healthy Mouse
The coat of your Mouse should be clean and smooth, eyes should be bright and alert, tail should be pink and healthy ( their tails can grow very long and can easily grow to the length of their own bodies. ears also should be a healthy pink colour and healthy looking
and personality should be active and alert and happy.
Just be confident that you wish to spend time keeping your little Friend in good condition and not to become lonely and isolated, as I am sure you would not like to be, for given a good chance and opportunity your little Friend can be a great companion to you and a chance to have smile watching it's antics and hijinks and personality traits.
Hamsters also are born with not very good eyesight, like mice they live in their burrows throughout the days and then come out at night. They do have poor eyesight and are nearsighted and colour blind. To find there way they use their scent glands and rub their scent glands on objects along the way so they can find their way back.
They eat at twilight, when they return to their burrow their little cheeks will be full of food, and can be twice or three times the size of their little head.
If you wish to breed your Hamsters, it is very easy to do so in captivity. When babies do appear, just make sure that Mum and babies are separated from the rest of the Hamsters. Place them in a separate comfortable compartment with enough hay for a comfortable bed and water and re-read what food is best for Mum and her babies and keep toxic food far away from them and all the Hamsters.
When babies come along, Mum and babies must be separated from the rest of the Hamsters. and keep together in their own compartment.
Cedar chips should be kept far away from the Dwarf Hamsters because they are very prone to a condition that tear holes in the delicate surroundings of their mouth.