Roborovski Hamster

Roborovski Hamsters

Phodopus roborovskii

Roborovski Hamster Behaviour

Roborovski hamsters are very fast. As the smallest of the pet hamster species, they are sometimes thought to need less space - the opposite is true. They are hugely active and full of energy.

Roborovski's smaller size does mean they need narrower bar spacing to avoid escape risks. They also need extra care with handling and are unlikely to stay still for this. Many Roborovski hamsters do not tame down well and are best considered a 'look-at' only pet.

Most hamsters are not nocturnal, as is commonly thought, but actually crepuscular - meaning they are more likely to be awake and active at dawn or dusk. This is due to both them being prey species and having a high metabolism. As pets, this means that their sleeping patterns and activity can be rather variable - and they will still be active at night. Your hamster will learn to adapt to your routine, so it is helpful to feed at the same time.

Hamsters are keen burrowers and will benefit from a decent space for digging. If your cage does not have a deep enough base to allow this, you can add custom digging boxes to enable this. This can be good to add a different substrate than their normal one to give extra variety.

Hamsters can be surprisingly vocal, especially when younger. Vocalisations can be a sign of stress or pain, though occasional squeaking is not a concern. Hamsters can catch colds from their owners so it is important to take great care with hygiene and limit handling if you are ill.

An angry hamster may hiss or scream at you, especially if awoken from sleep or disturbed in their nest. It is important to let your hamster come to you when handling rather than disturbing their nest.