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Question: I have a dwarf hamster for over 11 months now and in the middle of the night around 2 a.m., he makes a racket. He goes on his wheel, bangs his water bottle against the wall of the cage, knocks the food out of his food bowl, etc. He would make as much noise as possible to annoy me, I think. Is this normal? Or a cry for attention.
Answer:
Yes, this is normal with hamsters.

Question: I just bought another dwarf hamster recently and placed it with the old one. The new one is smaller than the old one. Was that a good idea?
Answer: No, you'll need to separate them if they start to fight.

Question: I really got hamster babies! I can not believe that the hamster mother ate her babies! Why did the mother eat her babies? I got 12 babies the first day (Jan 6th) but today (Jan 11th) down to 7 babies only. I saw the mother hamster was eating her baby. Why was she so cruel? Why did the male hamster want to eat the babies too? He grapped the baby, then the baby was bleeding, so mother just grapped it and ate it right away. So, I separated them already. I think It was so cruel! But now I am wondering when they are going to open their eyes and when they are going to eat by themselves. When should I put the male hamster with the female one and their babies.
Answer: You should keep the mother and father separated for at least one month. 
Hamster mothers eat their babies mainly when the babies are ill or injured and the mother know they won't be able to survive. They don't do this because of hate, just because of caution.

Question: I have recently bought a hamster for my daughter. We have a problem with it biting. I have tried to regulate the handling and ensure that the hamster is not frightened during its trips out.
Can you help me stop it biting?
Answer: Start to feed your hamster with the hands (wait until he gets the food out of your fingers), then he will know you better and won't fear you so much.

Question: I bought a new cage for the hamster, and he chews on the bars. I was just wondering if it is possible for them to chew their way out of the cages? The cage is the normal metal/wire cages with the red plastic bottom. Also is it possible for them to chew through the red plastic part? I was wondering if there is anything that you can put on the cage, or buy them to stop chewing on the cage. I have bought wooden things, "gnaw bones", and I always give them fresh food to chew on, but they all seem to fail.
Answer: Hamsters are like that, it's very difficult to stop them doing that. If you see that your hamster is starting to chew the bottom be aware that he may escape very easily, but usually this doesn't happen.

Question: I'm not sure but I think my hamster is pregnant. How can I tell and what do they feel like/act like...
Answer: If she gets fatter very fast, her tits become red, is more active than normal and sometimes also more aggressive.

Question: What are the causes of wet tail in hamsters? I have a three year old teddy bear hamster with wet tail. She has a foul smelling discharge coming out of her vulva. It is also in her eyes. She will not eat or drink, and she only moves to use the bathroom. She has had these symptoms for two days. How much longer does she have to live, and how can I prevent it from happening again, if I get another hamster? She will be my fourth hamster to die of the disease (different times, different cages, before Furball, the last one to die of wet tail was 2 years ago in a different tank.)
Answer: When the hamsters get old, they usually get sick very quickly. It's very difficult to prevent these situations... (See the Disease section, I recommend a product there). After you notice that the hamster has wet tail, they usually live more 1-3 weeks.

Question:  Are any routine checkups, treatments, or vaccinations needed for a hamster?
Answer: No.

Question: Do they need to be treated for parasites? 
Answer: No.

Question: What would be the average cost of providing for proper housing, food and care of a hamster? 
Answer: About 5-10 UDS per month.

Question: Do hamsters carry any diseases that can be transmitted to humans?
Answer: Very few.

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