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Did you know you could potty train your hamster? There are little potties you can buy to give your ham-ham a place to do his biz, but you can just scoop his poo-bedding into one corner of the cage. Over time he'll know to do his biz in that corner. photo courtesy of petco.com www.petco.com

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Ham-hams love their bedding. Make sure to give them enough to burrow and hide their snacks in. If you're running low on cash, use newspaper. They'll shred it themselves and make bed for the night! Photo courtesy of critterhub.com www.critterhub.com

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Hamsters have pretty poor eyesight, so don't expect them to play fetch... Photo courtesy of theverybesttop10.com

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The name hamster comes from the German word "hamstern," meaning hoard. Information courtesy of livescience.com www.livescience.com Photo courtesy of flickr.com farm3.static.flickr.com

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Ham-hams chew on their cages when they are bored or lonely, especially at night as they are nocturnal. This can not only disturb your sleep, but also be dangerous to your hamster. Paint from colored metal cages can flake off (sometimes you can hear your ham-ham chewing it). Those paint chemicals can make it sick! Also, chewing on metal too long can cause their teeth to chip. Toss in some newspaper or a salt tablet to keep them busy.

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As you can see, ham-hams run pretty fast. Make sure to find a plastic wheel like the one in this vid with no spokes. Their little feet can get caught in the spaces and cause injury.

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Hamsters love to run! In fact, they can run over 6 miles a day. If your ham-ham wheel squeaks alot, it can be annoying at nigh. You can take it apart & rub some olive oil (or cheaper, vegetable oil) in the center loosen the friction.

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This is what wild hamsters look like. This is what an angry wild hamster looks like!

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I had a ham-ham that looked exactly like this one. Her name was Olivia Beans. She was a very large and independent lady-- she'd groom in my lap and then try to find somewhere else to go. Not matter how many hands petted her back, she never got aggressive (so maybe bigger hamsters are more docile!)

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Ham-hams love to store food and bedding in their cheek pouches. They stuff as much as they can before going off to hide it for later. Sometimes their pouches can become impacted and items can get stuck or cut the inside of the pouch. This will lead to infection and your ham-ham may stop eating. To control this, try not to leave too many treats in their bowls!

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