The Angora hamster
Small fluffy hamsters are popular with many lovers of these animals. Long hair, amusing, and varied colors make Angora hamsters are one of the most beloved Pets. But the fact that the Angora hamster is a fictional creature, as in nature, these animals are not. What is the mystery?
The Angora hamster is actually not a separate breed, as many fans of these animals can think. In fact, it's just a furry variety of a Syrian hamster. But even here it's not so simple. The fact is that the Syrian hamster is always painted yellow. The color of his coat is ideal for the natural conditions of his habitat, where he can always hide among dry grass. But Angora hamster is full of different coat colors.
From time to time even under natural conditions, hamsters were born young with long hair, but they didn't survive. There could also be a mutation in the color of the animal. Such hamsters also did not survive, because they were clearly visible among the grass. Therefore, a long time about long-haired rodents, no one heard, until the middle of the XIX century, Syrian hamsters were not started to breed in captivity. But in this case, hamster breeders could already save animals with natural mutations that affected the length of the coat and coat color. Therefore, long-haired hamsters began to breed in order to obtain from them the same beautiful and fluffy offspring. And because of the long wool of hamsters, they were called Angora, although in fact they are Syrian.
Even now, breeders of Syrian hamsters is frequently seen that in a litter can be born as animals with long and with short hair. But sellers in the shops very often when they see the long coat of an animal immediately call it Angora, which confuse buyers.
But the Angora hamster is different from the Syrian. And not only in coat length and color. Breeders and breeders were able to bring animals, whose fur was not the usual Golden color, but also white, grey, cream, silver, black, speckled, and even tortoiseshell colors. Therefore, lovers of these animals can choose their pet to their liking.
It is also worth considering that males have much longer hair than females. In females, the length of the hair does not exceed 2 cm, while in males it reaches 5 cm. Naturally, it is necessary for males to adorn themselves before females!
How to care for Angora hamster
The Angora hamster because of its long hair requires proper care. Like other hamsters, it must be kept in a cage, but the conditions should be created a little different. For Angora hamster does not fit the usual litter of sawdust, because she will get confused in long wool. To keep your Angora hamster did not experience discomfort due to litter, sawdust should be replaced by wood pellets.
Also in a cage for an Angora hamster should stand wheel. But because of the length of the fur, the angora hamster can not run around on its favorite simulator. To avoid such trouble, the wheel should be large, at least 20 cm in diameter. Also do not forget about the house where your hamster will sleep in the afternoon.
Long wool Angora hamster requires careful maintenance. You will have from time to time to comb and pull entangled in wool items. Remember that a hamster can not be bathed, otherwise it will catch a cold. Wool Angora hamster will be cleaned by yourself. Also, you can organize a special sand bath for a hamster, in which he can clean the coat.
If you decide to have two Angora hamsters, you will have to keep them in different cells. The fact is that angora hamsters do not like neighbors. After all, even in the wild, all the hamsters live no closer than 100 m from each other. Therefore, for each animal there must be a separate cell.
What to feed Angora hamster
Angora hamster needs a good balanced diet. The fact that these animals are very sensitive to lack of vitamins in the body, so try to do the diet of Angora hamster is very diverse. Give him vegetables, fruits, grain and protein foods of animal origin.
From cereals Angora hamster is very fond of corn, millet, oats, corn flax. Vegetables preferably give juicy. Any succulent plant goes to feed the hamster. Dry plants in nature hamsters are used to build a nest. Of fruit and vegetables, it is preferable to give the hamster pears, bananas, tomatoes, apples, lettuce, zucchini, pumpkin and carrots. From protein foods, give your hamster boiled chicken, low-fat cottage cheese and yogurt. Make sure that your hamster always has fresh food.
Do not feed your angora hamsterpotatoes, cabbage, citrus fruits, onions, garlic and exotic fruit or vegetables. Also for the angora hamster fruit pits are dangerous. In the nucleus of the ossicles contains a large amount of dangerous for hamsters acid.