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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2005, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Short Haired And Long Haired Hamsters In Same Enclosure

Well, today I went to PetsMart to go buy some more food for my little gerbil dudes and I went to go check out the new hamsters(they got a whole bunch) To my surprise, they were keeping about 2-3 hamsters in the same cages! I was quite surprised. The hamsters didnt even seem to mind this! But im sure they eventually will end up fighting. Im absolutely, positive they werent dwarf hamsters too.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2005, 09:49 PM
 
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THat usually happens in pet stores. They can't possibly keep 10-20 tanks, 1 for each hamster they sale. Fortunately, when they get them, they are quite young, so they don't fight. Unfortunately, they sometimes do and the pet store ends up with injured or dead hamsters. Also, it gives people the idea that they can keep several syrians together, and employees usually encourage this thought to sell more.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2005, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Exactly, but there were 4 more empty tanks tey could have used but instead they put a bunch in the same enclosure.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2005, 09:58 PM
 
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Exactly, but there were 4 more empty tanks tey could have used but instead they put a bunch in the same enclosure.
That is kind of strange... Maybe they had other animals on the way to fill those one?

I think most pet stores keep young hamsters together in a tank or enclosure, I've never seen a baby hamster in a tank alone, only older ones.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2005, 07:01 PM
 
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Just be sure the pet store manager is made aware by you, politely, that you know enough about hamsters to realize by the time they are two or more months old fighting might occur.

Overbreeding and overcrowding should be avoided - and good pet stores do the right thing. My complaints improved conditions in the past in a number of stores.
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and good pet stores do the right thing. My complaints improved conditions in the past in a number of stores.
Ah, but this is PETsMart, not exactly a 'great" pet store. I could beleive that many of those hamsters were babies but one long haired in particular, was by far the largest hamster I've ever seen and it was with another small hamster.
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Ah, but this is PETsMart, not exactly a 'great" pet store. I could beleive that many of those hamsters were babies but one long haired in particular, was by far the largest hamster I've ever seen and it was with another small hamster.
Then I would definetly mention that to a manager.
They may do nothign about it, but at least you've brought it to their attention.
Just because someone works in a pet store dosn't mean they know anything about animals.
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