The truth is, hamsters tend to be solitary creatures. While a few rare hamster species can live together, keeping several together will usually be disastrous. Hamsters prefer to live alone and can even become very violent if forced to share a space with other hamsters.
They can live together – either two of the same sex as a couple and sometimes in same-sex groups. Same-sex couples can fall apart, so it’s important to be on the lookout for signs of bullying and have the opportunity to separate them if necessary.
Once you are confident that your hamsters are healthy, it is important to proceed with very gradual introductions, conducted on neutral ground. The two dwarf hamsters are best kept next to each other in separate enclosures so that they can get used to the smell and each other’s presence.
Syrians are very friendly creatures and love to interact and explore! These hamsters are often referred to as “dwarf hamsters” or “Russian hamsters” and grow up to 8 cm in length. They can live together – either two of the same sex as a couple and sometimes in same-sex groups.
You should only try to house a maximum of two hamsters in one pen at a time as with more than two hamsters per cage there is a tendency for the few stronger ones to band together to bully the weaker one. p>
All hamsters are different and some of them really prefer to be alone – and they won’t be afraid to show it. A territorial hamster does not hesitate to use deadly force on another. So if your hamster seems to get into fights often, it’s best to separate them before anyone gets hurt.
The Syrian hamster is the most popular breed of hamster, at least partly because it is the friendliest and largest, but also because it was introduced in the 1940’s when laboratory hamsters were first kept in captivity in family houses.
Owners planning to keep more than one hamster in the same cage should opt for the dwarf type. These can be kept in pairs or in groups – but still need a lot of space as they are territorial. However, Syrian hamsters (and sometimes Chinese as well) must be kept alone.
Should hamsters be kept singly or in pairs? Because they are so territorial, it is generally best to keep only one hamster per cage. Adding more than one hamster to the same pen could lead to some really nasty fights.
The Syrian hamster is the best species for handling. Easily tamed, the slowest of the popular pet hamsters and the least biting. Although docile with humans, they are territorial with other hamsters and should always be kept alone.
Men are generally friendlier and less aggressive than women. If you like to handle your hamster often, males are a better choice. They are also a better option for children who are more likely to display the aggression or territorial behavior of a female hamster.
Depending on the species, hamsters can be cannibalistic because they are territorial. For example Syrian hamsters can be aggressive towards other hamsters and in some cases they will kill and eat the other hamster in the cage.
Note the hamster’s age.
The only way to rule out a pregnancy based on the hamster’s sexual immaturity is if she is less than six weeks old. This also means that care must be taken when storing hamsters from one litter together once they approach six weeks of age as they will begin to mate together.
You should look at the space between your genitals (vaginal and penile openings) and your anus. In women, the space between the vaginal opening and the anus can sometimes be so close together that it looks like a single organ. In males, the space is wider apart than in females, and the testicles may be visible.
To avoid harmful disagreements, limit the number of hamsters in a single cage to no more than two. If you have more than two hamsters, consider separating them into several pairs. Then get a separate cage for each pair.