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What is the daily/weekly/monthly maintenance?
I clean all cages once a week. I take all plastic/bleachable supplies out and bleach them in the sink. I disinfect all wooden supplies using this: http://www.pangeareptile.com/store/3...infectant.html
I replace all bedding and wipe down all surfaces with the disinfectant listed above.
What type of hamster is "best" and why? What type do you have?
I have a Chinese, that is considered a dwarf. She's TINY and very calm, and shy. I rarely see her out and about. I also have a syrian ham, and she's out and about and begs for love. For someone who wants a hamster that wants to be held, I recommend a Syrain ham.
What should the cage size be and what should be in it?
My dwarf (chinese) ham is in a 20G tall, with 2 levels. (with at least an 8 inch wheel)
My Syrain ham is in a 60Gallon ferret cage. I firmly believe that syrians need LOTS of space. (with at least a 11 inch wheel)
The minimum size for a dwarf would be 20 gallons, and the min size for a syrian ham would be 40G
Would you reccomend a hamster?
Totally, as long as you are willing to provide it with what it needs, including exercise, love and diet.
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