Robo dwarf hamster or Roborovski dwarf hamsters or Phodopus Roborovskii are sometimes called Robs or Robos.
This hamster is the smallest of the dwarf hamsters and has the longest lifespan. This hamster comes from the desert area of western and eastern Mongolia, China, and Russia.
Before becoming domesticated, the Robo hamster can only be found in the deserts of Central Asia where it inhabits areas of loose sand and sparse vegetation. These Roborovski dwarf hamsters are very busy and active when they are awake. These hamsters are indeed entertaining to watch yet difficult to hold.
In their natural habitat, this Robo hamster runs a lot as which is equivalent to 4 human marathons each and nightly.
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Robo Dwarf Hamster’s Characteristic
Now, it is time for you to know about the characteristic of the Robo dwarf hamster or the Roborovski hamster. For your information, Roborovski hamsters have two color types which are normal tans that have distinctive white “eyebrows” and white-faced types. Both have a slate gray undercoat and white underbellies.
These hamsters are the only dwarf hamsters that do not have a dark stripe down their back. These hamsters grow only 2 inches long and they are thinner than other hamster types with weight only 0.5 to 0.75 ounces but they have longer legs.
Of course, with longer legs, they make the Robo dwarf hamster the fastest of the dwarf hamsters and it is also not a rare sight for them to jump 2 feet into the air. These hamsters’ speed and agility also make holding these hamsters a bit of challenge.
The reason is that when they are startled, they will jump out of your hand. So, you need to be careful when opening the cage and hold the hamster firmly but gently so you do not squeeze the hamster. This is the reason why Roborovskis are not suitable for children.
Basic Robo Dwarf Hamster Care Guide
After you know the characteristic of the Robo dwarf hamster, it is time for you to know about the Roborovski hamster care.
First thing first, basic hamster care is not that complicated and a hamster can be tamed if you train the hamster to be so. There are at least five basic steps when it comes to training your hamster:
- When you are bringing your hamster home, you need to give your hamster 2 to 3 days without holding it to allow the hamster to adjust to its new surroundings.
- You need to start speaking with your hamster and put your hand in the cage. Do keep in mind that you cannot put your hand over the hamster.
- You need to start touching your hamster to make the hamster feel comfortable.
- You need to start picking up your hamster by cupping it in the palm of your hand.
- Lastly, you need to play with your hamster daily in order to tame it and become best friends.
In addition to that, you should never wake up your hamster when it sleeps. This will lead to a negative response and will make the taming process becomes harder. Also, the Robo dwarf hamster is a clean animal so you still need to clean the cage. You should do the cleaning once a week where you remove all the hamster bedding.
Robo Dwarf Hamster Food and Diet
After you know how to take care of the Robo dwarf hamster, it is time for you to know about the Robo dwarf hamster food and Robo dwarf hamster diet. As you all know, Robo hamsters run a lot so they need a good and balanced diet. Robo hamsters are omnivorous that means they eat plans, seed, and insects.
Generally, there are two types of food that you can buy :
- The first one is seed hamster food, and
- The second one is pelleted hamster food.
It does not matter which type of food do you want to buy. The most important thing to consider is that whatever type of food that you buy, you need to ensure the food has the right combination of nuts, grains, and seeds with a nutritional balance of 3 to 6% fat and 12 to 15% protein.
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Robo Dwarf Hamster Housing Guide
The last thing that you need to know about the Robo dwarf hamster is the Robo dwarf hamster cage. These hamsters can live both alone and in pairs. Just like other hamsters, Robo’s are creatures of habit so if they are already used to being alone, they will not like another hamster introduced to their environment.
For the cage, you need to get one that is at least 24 inches long and 12 inches wide. Then, increase the size by 0.5x for every extra hamster in the cage. You also need to get a ceramic or stainless steel food bowl and a water bottle. Next, designated an enclosed area for sleeping arrangements.
Lastly, you need to clean the cage every once a week.