Frequently Asked Questions

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How long do Roborovski's live?

On average, Roborovski's live for 2 to 3 1/2 years, up to 4 in some cases. Roborovski's live the longest of all hamsters (dwarfs and syrians), which is peculiar considering their size.


Can Roborovski's live together?

Yes. Although it is not advised to keep more than four in one cage at one time because of the risks of frighting between the hamsters. Two Roborovski's in the same cage is the best combination in my view, though it is not considered cruel to keep one hamster on its own.


Is there a difference between male and female Roborovski's?

No, not really. And nor does it really matter when it comes to picking Robo's to live together. Attitude between male and female hamsters towards humans doesn't really differ either. But if you are a first time owner/buyer, I recommend males.


How do I tame my Robo and how long will it take to tame him/her?

It usually takes a couple of weeks to a couple of months to tame your hamster(s). Please see the Taming page for more info.


I bought one Robo, but want to go back and buy another one from the same pet shop. Can I do this?

Well, it depends on how long it has been since you got the first hamster. If less than a week, feel free to acquire another hamster and put it in the original Robo's cage without much hesitation. If it has been more than a week, I would advise not to get another hamster because of the big risks of fights taking place after contact.


I saw my hamsters fighting and heard hissing coming from their cage - what should I do?

As said here (the fighting page, click for more detailed Q's and A's about Robo fights), fights are not uncommon with two or more Roborovski's and any fights that you see are most likely to be mock/play fights and are nothing to be concerned about. The only time you should be concerned is when you see noticable scars, injuries, scabs or one Robo very differ from weight and size from the other.


Can Robo's live with other hamster species in the same cage?

No, absolutely not. You may think all hamsters look the same, and so are the same, that is completely wrong. Never let any other kind of hamster get near a different species.