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Here is a very thorough vid about fur patterns and coat types. What type of coat does your ham-ham have?

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Flax seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids and are healthy for both people and hamsters. Some of the best benefits are fiber and improved heart health Here is a tutorial on how to make an ultra healthy snack for your ham-ham. Be sure to read the warning in the beginning of the vid!.. Video courtesy of chocolatecolors26

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It's good to give your hamster some fresh air. Here's a cute video with some tips on how to safely play with your ham-ham outside. It's not a good idea to let them roam too far from your sight, they could get lost in the bushes or get picked up by a bird. Listen out for all the do's and don'ts of outside time.

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If a ham-ham gets bored he might try to climb up the bars of his/her cage. Hamsters also sometimes jump off their balcony when in a hurry. Falling from a few feet can seriously injure a hamster. They can suffer from internal bleeding, broken ribs and limb, or suffer from head injuries. In some cases euthanasia is the best solution Surgery is possible. If you're lucky s/he will survive, but keep in mind that you might have to provide a lifetime of assisted care for it. Please don't drop your ham-hams and supply lots of bedding as cushioning!. Information courtesy of siute101.com suite101.com Image courtesy of hamstertrouble.com hamstertrouble.com

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Wet tail is a disease all types of ham-hams are susceptible to. It can be caused by being introduced into a new environment, a change in diet, stress from over crowding, and more. A hamster w/ wet tail will have a wet bottom from fecal matter, and they will not want to groom or eat. When bringing your new ham-ham home, be careful not to bombard him/her with too much petting and holding. Let it get used to the environment first for a few days and provide healthy foods. Info courtesy of drfostersmith.com www.drsfostersmith.com Image courtesy of totonika.com totonika.com

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Hamsters were introduced as house pets as early as 1930! Info courtesy of chigaconow.com www.chicagonow.com Photo courtesy of awionline.org awionline.org

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Syrian hamsters are the largest breed! Photo courtesy of gynomite.wordpress.com www.baruchito.com

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Russian ham-hams are the smallest breed... Photo courtesy of pietermaritzburg.olx.co.za images04.olx.co.za

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Baby ham-hams are born with all of their teeth! They keep them throughout their lives. Help them take care of them. photo courtesy of tiger-pet.com

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