Jelly.NIXbean 4:23pm, 7 October 2008
Tis is my first time having hamsters and I am very not sure how to take care of my 2 Pudding hamsters. I need more infomations. So if you all can provide me more knowledges about Pudding, i'll be very glad. =]

Anyway, i have a few questions. Please help me answer if you know.

1. Is corn cob bedding or wheat bedding more suitable for hamsters ?
2. How long is the life span of Pudding ?
3. If I put other breeds with Pudding, will they fight ?
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Cinday 9 years ago
1. I do not know very much about wheat bedding, but I do know corn cob bedding is a big no-no. Corn cob bedding is highly susceptible to harboring harmful and very toxic fungus that will cause your hamsters to get very sick and possibly kill them. The most recommended substrate for hamsters are the paper based beddings like Carefresh, Yesterday's News, Kaytee Soft Sorbent, Cell sorb, etc. Another bedding to avoid using is Cedar and Pine bedding. They contain oils that will irritate and harm your hamsters respiratory system. As an alternative many people recommend Aspen. That is okay but keep in mind it is still possible for your hamsters to get little splinters stuck in their paws with it.

2. The average life span of a Pudding hamster is anywhere between 1.5 years to 3 years. It is rare to see a dwarf hamster live beyond 3 years. Even 2.5 years is super old.

3. Hamsters should not be put with other breeds in general. You could house the Puddings with other Winter Whites or Campbells since Pudding is a crossbreed between Winter White and Campbell. But I would recommend Winter White over Campbell because Campbell has been documented as being more likely to be aggressive. Also if you do choose to house in colonies, be sure to introduce prior to full adult hood (ie usually before 6-8 weeks). Most dwarf hamsters upon reaching adulthood tend to not accept any new cage mates. Another thing to keep in mind is that males tend to have more issues with living with other males, though it may not always be the case. Finally if housing in a colony always keep a spare cage (can also be a small travel cage) on hand because even dwarf hamsters that have lived together for an extended time can sometimes become aggressive towards one another. They will need to be separated or it can end very unhappily.

I hope this information was helpful.
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Cinday 9 years ago
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hesedetang * 9 years ago
Wow wheat bedding? Now that's something I've never heard or seen but I'm guessing in humid climates that is gonna be FAR from practical and impossible to maintain?

Hugs, we really can't manage without you!
Jelly.NIXbean 9 years ago
Bt the person hu i bought the corn cob from sae that corn cob bedding can be used as the bedding for them and will not be a problem.
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hesedetang * 9 years ago
Actually, it's proven that moldy corn cob bedding can kill a hamster. I think it happened a couple of months back to some Flickrer's hamster. If I recall correctly it caused respiratory failure.

Apart from the examples mentioned by Cinday, another popular bedding that's loads safer than the corn cob one is actually known as Woodypet.

It's a pellet type that is made of compressed wood and breaks down into a fine powder when wet. Originally made for use in stables, it's really absorbent and keeps the area dry.
Jelly.NIXbean 9 years ago
Erm ... den i have another question. Can i feed oats to my hamsters ? The type of oats which we normally eat.
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hesedetang * 9 years ago
Yup :) You can also feed quinoa, flaxseed, rolled barley, millet and buckwheat. Most grains are safe.
Jelly.NIXbean 9 years ago
I see I see . Thanks alot for your infomation. Hope you wont find me problematic. =]

By the way, i have anoher question to ask again. Hope you can tolerate me.

May I know if a hamster fom Golden colour turns to Grey colour. What's the meaning of that?
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