Can I House a Teddy Bear Hamster with a Regular Hamster?

October 24, 2012

The most commonly kept hamsters are the middle-sized Syrian Golden Hamster, Mesocricetus auratus. Other names for this pet include the Golden Hamster, Fancy Hamster, and Standard Hamster. The longhaired variety is often termed "Teddy Bear" because they are so cuddly.

The hamster is a solitary animal and does not require a buddy. Unless they are less than two months old, or they are together for breeding, hamsters should be housed solo. Even for breeding, time together is kept to a minimum. If housed together, serious fighting occurs and sometimes death results from the injuries.