Hamsters are cute little pets. If you are a hamster fan, you must be thinking that can hamsters live together in one cage. The answer to this question depends on a number of factors and the breed which you are planning to keep in the same habitat. It does not mean that if any breed cannot live together, that breed is not friendly with their owners. It is just their nature and you cannot change the nature of your pet.
In this article, we will explain about all the breeds which can and cannot live in one cage and we will also highlight how you can make sure that those breeds which can live in one cage, do it amicably and peacefully.
One of the most common hamsters found nowadays and is being made pet all around the world. The Syrian hamster is also known as Golden Hamster and can grow up to 4-6 inches long. The nature of these hamsters is solitary and they love to stay alone in their cage. You might be wondering that if these hamsters can stay together in pet shops, why they can’t stay together at your home. Well, they might appear to be “ok” in the pet stores, in reality, they are not. The animals are depressed in such situations and usually end up injuring or killing each other. People who have tried doing this usually report that the hamsters’ fight with each other, injure each other badly and get depressed. So, if you are planning to keep Syrian hamsters in one cage, it is a big NO from our side.
Some of the hamster breeds are known as dwarf hamsters. They are Campbell’s, Winter White, Roborovski and Chinese Hamsters. If you are planning to keep any of these hamsters together in one cage, the answer is different and depends on the circumstances in which they are introduced and also on the nature of the pet. However, unlike Syrian hamsters, these hamsters can be kept together but under special care and observation.
Campbell’s Russian Dwarf Hamsters – These hamsters can live together in one cage. It is better to keep them in the same sex groups or same-sex pair. If you keep one male and one female, it is very likely that they will mate and you will soon have to deal with baby hamsters as well. While keeping the same sex hamsters together, there is a high chance that they can pick up a fight or start bullying each other. In this case, you will need to separate them.
Winter White Dwarf Hamsters – These hamsters are often confused with the Campbell’s but they are a totally different species altogether. When it comes to keeping them together, you can keep the same sex pair or groups in one cage. They are also likely to get depressed if they do not find enough space in the cage to have some alone time, so it is very important to keep them together in a large enough cage.
Chinese Hamsters – The Chinese hamsters can also be kept together in one cage. It is best to keep them in the same sex pair or groups. Chinese hamsters can get very social but it is also possible that they pick fights with each other. So, as a responsible owner, you need to keep an eye out for them.
Roborovski Hamster – They are more sociable than all of the above mentioned dwarf hamster breeds. They can also be kept in the same sex pairs or groups and get along very well with other members of the habitat. They do pick fights with each other but it is very rare.
Guidelines for Keeping Hamsters Together
Since we have come to the conclusion that keeping Syrian hamsters in one cage is a very bad idea, we need to know how to make sure that dwarf breeds can co-exist peacefully in one cage. Following tips and suggestions will help you achieve this.
Introduction – The most important step in making sure that your hamsters can live together very well with each other is the time when you introduce them to each other. The best way is to keep the hamsters of the same family with each other. Two brothers or two sisters will not fight as much with each other as the other hamsters will do. If you cannot find hamsters of the same family, try to introduce them with each other before they reach the age of 7-8 weeks. In this way, they will get accustomed to each other at a tender age and this will go a long way for them in order to understand each other.
Large Cage – You will need a large cage if you are planning to keep more than one hamster in one cage. You will need to add up different accessories to the cage so that all the hamsters have toys to play with and space to roam around. If you introduce hamsters in a small cage, they will get nervous, try to harm each other or themselves and will never get along. The size of the cage directly depends on the number of hamsters you are planning to keep.
Accessories – Make sure that you do not discriminate among your hamsters in one cage. If you are bringing any toy or any accessory for your hamsters, you should bring it for every member of the cage. If you have two hamsters living together and you bring one exercise wheel, they are definitely going to pick a fight over it.
More Feeding Areas – Another useful tip is to have more than one feeding area and water bottles in the cage. If you have two hamsters and one water bottle and one food bowl, your hamsters will get depressed and become jealous of each other and will never get along.
Same-Sex Hamsters – As we already mentioned, keeping the same sex dwarf hamsters is better than keeping opposite sex hamsters. If you are looking to breed hamsters, then make sure you know all the details about breeding and handling newborn hamsters. If you are not a professional breeder, then do not keep opposite sex hamsters in one cage.
Monitor Behavior – Monitoring the behavior of your hamsters living together is very important. You do not know at what time they can pick up fights with each other. Hamsters can start to act grumpy randomly and behave weirdly with each other. What you can do to minimize any such event is to make sure that they have enough space and are well cared for.
We know that you want more of these cute pets, that is why we have written a well-researched article to help you in this process. Do not keep Syrian hamsters in one cage at any cost. Dwarf hamsters should be kept according to the guidelines mentioned above so that you and your pets stay comfortable.