Where do hamsters live naturally?
The first hamsters were discovered in Syria, though they also live in Greece, Romania, Belgium and northern China.
In the wild, they like to live in warm, dry areas, like steppes, sand dunes and the edges of deserts.
Do hamsters still live in the wild?
Hamsters were not bred for domestic life until 1939. In the wild they like to live in warm, dry areas, like sand dunes or the edge of deserts, which explains why the first hamsters were discovered in Syria. They also live in the wild in more diverse countries, such as Greece, Romania, Belgium and northern China.
What do pet stores do with unsold hamsters?
If a hamster stays at the store more than 6 months it would either be transferred to a new location or adopted out (free). Even if the hamster is aggressive or has health issues that don’t hurt quality of life, most stores would rather find a home than euthanize. The (good) employees do care about them, after all.
Where do pet stores get hamsters?
Most pet stores carry hamsters, which are likely obtained from breeders or pet mills, Paul said. Instead of starting your pet hamster search at a pet store, Paul advises prospective owners to go to a small animal rescue for a healthy hamster that needs a home.