Homemade Dzhungar hamsters. Purchase

Pets help to cope with stress, improve mood. They brighten up the loneliness of the elderly, teach the kindness, responsiveness of the youngest members of the family. It is not always possible to have a dog or a cat, because these large animals require special care: walking, bathing, combing, buying expensive food. In addition, it is a huge responsibility, because the next 15-20 years will have to take care of the pet. Whereas rodents, for example, hamsters, are unpretentious, but they will give as much joy, if not more, since watching these funny animals is a real pleasure. Particularly beautiful are the Dzhungar hamsters, who are kindly called jungariks among the people.

About dzhungar hamsters

Dzhungar this kind of hamsters was named because they live in the province of China, Dzungaria. But these rodents can be found in the steppes and semi-deserts of Asia, Kazakhstan, and Western Siberia. They prefer to settle in desert and steppe areas, but sometimes they live on the outskirts of the forest-steppe.


These are single animals that dig for themselves huge holes up to 1 m deep. Each burrow has about 4-6 exits, and inside - several rooms: a bedroom, a closet, a toilet. In the daytime it's hot in the desert, so these cunning rodents prefer to sleep, and at dusk or at night they get out of burrows to find their own food. In the wild they prefer plant seeds, berries, but can eat grass or insects. They run up to several kilometers to provide themselves with food.


Dzhungar hamsters have many enemies at their will: they are hunted by birds of prey, ermines, ferrets. Protective color helps to hide from predators: a gray-brown back, on which you can see a distinct black band. It stretches along the spine of the animal. But the tummy of the hamster is white, like the inner surface of the legs. In nature, when the temperature falls below 16 degrees, and the light day becomes shorter, the jungariki grow light, but the dark strip on their back remains. In captivity, they seldom moult. Their eyes are shiny, black. Dzungariki weigh only 40-50 g, grow no more than 10 cm in length.

Natural gray-brown color is found in domestic jungariks most often. But other types of hamsters, differing in unusual coloring, were brought out in the nurseries. It is very beautiful tangerine hamster, which has fur or red, or light brown. Still distinguish the animals are gray-blue. This color is called "sapphire". But the rarest and unique hamster is pearl-colored, that is, completely white, even without its characteristic dark strip along the back. Such animals are more appreciated, but they require special care. Dzhungariki with an unusual color are not as resistant to stress as their counterparts, they are harder to endure unfavorable conditions. Experts do not advise crossing two individuals of white or red color, since the offspring can be weakened.

Buying a hamster is a responsible business

Never buy a hamster just because you liked it. Yes, these are very cute and funny animals, are not at all expensive. But a hamster is not a toy. If you want to start a pet, you have to spend a good cage, a wheel, a pet house, and a feed. It is not necessary, having succumbed to the persuasion of the child, to buy a pet, then to torment him, having lodged in a close bank or cage. Then it's better to go to the toy store or somehow distract the baby. The desire to have a hamster should be conscious. We must first read the special literature, prepare the cage and everything necessary in advance and only after that go to the pet store.

Remember that hamsters, even with good care, live only 2-3 years. The death of a pet can be a tragedy for a child. It is necessary to consider this point in advance. Maybe you will arrange with relatives and give them an old beast, or buy a new pet and put him in a cage instead of the deceased. If the child is small, very emotional, sensitive, do not buy him a beast that lives so little. Instead of a hamster, you can have a guinea pig.

What to look for when choosing a hamster

You decided to have a hamster, this is a conscious and measured decision. To make the right choice our advice will help you:
  1. Go to the pet store in the evening. Now many shops are open until late evening and this is a big plus. Hamsters like to sleep off during the day, but become active during the dark. In the evening, you can watch them, make sure that your future pet is not sick.
  2. Ask for age. It is advisable to buy jungarika at the age of 3-4 weeks. A two-week-old baby is likely to die, because he does not know how to eat independently. An adult can be an old hamster and die in the coming months. In addition, it is more difficult to accustom such a hamster than a baby.
  3. Do not buy a pair. Adult jungariki very often fight with each other. If you want to buy a pair, you'll have to keep them in different cages and attach to each other while mating. Hamsters from the same brood can get along, but there is no need to cross close relatives.
  4. Decide who you want, male or female. Males are usually calmer, not as nervous as females. In addition, it is much easier to accustom the male. How to distinguish them? Turn the hamster over and look at the bottom of the tummy. If this is a male, the 2 holes are located at a considerable distance from each other (1-1, 5 cm), if the female - they are closer to each other (about 3 mm). Precisely determine the floor of the jungle can only be at the age of 4 weeks, since in small males the distance between the genitalia and the anal opening is about 0, 5 cm. To determine whether 3 or 5 mm per eye is difficult, you can easily mistake and confuse the sex.
  5. Choose a healthy animal. He should have dry hair, shiny fur, without bald patches, clean eyes. The anal opening should be free of signs of diarrhea. If the jungarik has an infectious disease (which diarrhea can talk about), he will quickly die. Look at the nose. A clean, without discharge, nose says that the animal is healthy.
Dzhungar hamsters can conquer your heart, even if you are indifferent to rodents. But like any pet, they need care. We will describe how to properly contain them in the second part of the article.
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