Very often children ask parents to allow them to have a pet. Not all adults agree to this, because the animal requires special care. In addition, they remain in the apartment unpleasant smell and hair, and sometimes the products of life. But the hamster of Roborovsky is so small that it can not pollute the house, besides, he will live in a small cage that will have a place in every corner of the apartment. So this animal is quite suitable as a pet. With the care of him will cope with any kid, the more so that communication with him will be safe for the child.
Where did he come from?
Scientist-zoologist Vsevolod Roborovsky first discovered this lovely animal in Tianshan in 1894. From the countries of Western and Eastern Mongolia and Northern China, these animals have been spread all over the world. In captivity, they breed poorly, but often serve as pets. Their advantage is a small size. Hamster Roborovsky in length reaches only 4-5 centimeters. Also people like its appearance: sandy-golden hair on the head and back, white - on the tummy, on the face and above the black eyes-beads.
Preparation of the "house"
Cages for rodents with rods in this case will not work. The fact is that a small size will allow your pet to slip into a narrow gap, which is the distance between them. Such active and small hamsters can not sit still, but they will try to find a way out. Therefore, for their own safety, as well as to preserve wallpaper and furniture from spoiling them with sharp teeth, one must use a plastic or glass container. With the advent of these containers, cages for rodents became not relevant for those who are going to keep such babies at home. But we must choose the right size. The best containers are 30x40 (50) cm square, with the height of the sides about 2 cm. The Roborovsky hamster will move quickly in a confined space. So that he does not get bored, it is necessary to place a variety of toys in his "house". These can be shelters of cardboard or plastic of different shapes. The more entertainment the owner will provide to his pet, the better he will feel, will not get bored, sooner get used to a new home.
Hamster Roborovsky does not like to live alone. To stay in a comfortable state, he needs comrades. In nature, they prefer to live in groups. Zverek gets along well with his relatives. In one container hold 2-3 hamsters of the same sex. If you keep the male and the female together, you can get offspring, which at first must be protected from the father - he is able to fertilize the mother too early, which will lead to her health problems. Although the baby-hamster treats the young with care.
Relationships with people
Tiny horned hamsters, to which the hamster of Roborovsky belongs, do not bite. Although the female can grab slightly by the finger, if it is in the stage of pregnancy or feeding. But this does not mean that they can be easily ironed and held. They are so bright that they can not sit still, and are in constant motion. Therefore, they are more suitable for those who love to observe the life of the animal world. And this will be all the more interesting, the more intricately equipped their house.
Life in nature
In natural conditions, these hamsters prefer sandy deserts. They lead an active life in the twilight. They prepare food for winter, but do not fall into hibernation. In the sand, they dig burrows in which a special "room" for the nest is assigned. They reproduce in the period from May to September. During this time the female has time to settle 3-4 times and bring 3-9 cubs. In nature, the hamster of Roborovsky feeds on plant seeds: tulips, sedges, saltwort, beets, caragans and others. And what to feed him at home?
Care for the pet
A person should feed his pet to what he is used to. It is known that invertebrates are not interested in this type of hamster as food. But periodically you can give them worms to replenish the protein supply. Especially during pregnancy and feeding. The main emphasis should be made on seeds of cultivated and wild plants. You should also give vegetables and fruits, oatmeal and white bread soaked in milk. As greens, dandelion leaves and salad are suitable.
Occurrence of offspring
If Robovovsky's hamsters liked the owner so much that he wanted them to become larger, he can plant two individuals of different sex in the same container. It should be remembered that the ability to reproduce appears in these animals in the 2-3 weeks of their life. After fertilization, we should expect the appearance of newborn hamsters on day 19-22. First they are naked and with closed eyes, but within 10 days they grow furred, and on the 13th day they can see the surrounding world. Three weeks later, the kids are ready to live on their own. They need to be seated on the basis of gender, in order to avoid conflicts and uncontrolled fertility.
The disadvantage of these animals can be called their habit of nightlife. Because of this, they often make noise after sunset and prevent family members from resting. But this problem is solved simply. Do not put the cage where people sleep. You can even take her out for the night in the next room or kitchen.
These little animals live not for long, only 2 years. With a favorable environment, good care and nutrition are not affected.
Because of their low fertility, they are not popular with breeders, so it is better to buy them in nurseries, as it is very difficult to find them in pet stores. But those who manage to do this will get a funny, nice and fluffy friend who by his presence will pleasantly brighten up his leisure hours.