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How Much Does a Hamster Cost?

 average costMedium: $10-$35 
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Hamsters are a nocturnal member of the rodent family. There are a variety of hamster breeds that are distinguished by color, markings, size and personality.

Typical costs:

  • Adult Syrian hamsters are about 6-inches long and have been bred for a variety of colors and run $5-$20 each. They are territorial and should be kept one to a cage. They live 2 to 3years.
  • Full-grown Dwarf hamsters reach only 2-3 inches long and cost $4-$13. They are often sold in pairs for around $20. They live around 1 and a half years.
  • Robvorski Hamsters are small even for dwarfs at 1-2 inches and cost $13-$30. They have an easygoing temperament, but are very fast and difficult to catch.
Additional costs:
  • Hamsters thrive best in open-air cages which run from $30-$50.
  • Pine or cedar litter can cause respiratory problems, so hamster owners use either Aspen shavings that run about $3.50 per bag, or Carefresh -- a recycled newspaper product priced around $5, to line the cage bottom. Hamsters will pick a specific corner of the cage to use for droppings, which should be spot cleaned daily. The entire bedding material should be changed out once a week for a monthly cost of $14-$20. The Humane Society website gives tips on hamster care.
  • Basic hamster food mix runs $5-$6 per 2-pound bag, which should last about a month. Water bottles cost around $2.
  • Carriers for outings run $10-$16.
  • Hamsters exercise at night and may run several miles on rotating wheels that cost $4 to $20.
  • Hamsters love to shred and hide in cardboard tubes from toilet paper or paper towel rolls.
  • Toilet paper (plain white) makes a soft nesting material.
Shopping for a hamster:
  • Use[1] to locate hamsters available for adoption. Enter your zip code and under animal check "small and furry."
  • To prevent unwanted litters, each Petsmart[2] carries either female or male hamsters. Call ahead to find out which breeds they carry.
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Amount: $35.00
Posted by: Zarg in Lawence, KS.Posted: May 18th, 2015 08:05AM
Type: DwarfStore: Pet world
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Amount: $11.99
Posted by: Elee in falls church, VA.Posted: November 9th, 2014 08:11AM
Type: Teddy BearStore: Petsmart
They are a lovable pet and easy to take care of!
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Great Friends!!!!
Amount: $75.00
Posted by: Shontae Wrightt in Granite Falls, WA.Posted: September 17th, 2013 09:09PM
Type: Dwarf HamsterStore: Pet Smart
I paid just over 75 at Pet Smart on cage, tubing, balls, bedding, treats, food and forts. I actually adopted the hamster because our Pet Smart only carries females and he was a male. Please ask your local pet shops if They have any furry friends for adoption.
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Amount: $40.00
Posted by: Mslove239 in Naples, FL.Posted: July 20th, 2013 09:07PM
Type: LovingStore: Pet store
I love hamsters i all ways wanted one
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Amount: $16.99
Posted by: fabgurllove in Northampton, MA.Posted: May 29th, 2012 03:05AM
Type: dwarfStore: Dave's soda and pet city
My hamster is the sweetest thing imaginable the people at the store were sooo friendly and helpful
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The costs are Cheap for a loving animal...
Amount: $15.99
Posted by: a user in Nashua, NH.Posted: November 2nd, 2010 03:11PM
Type: Chinese DwarfStore:
I got my male Chinese Dwarf hamster from petsmart on 10/22/10. He is sweet and loving. He has not bitten me once in his whole life. (Which he is 1 month old.)
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Amount: $10.00
Posted by: Lindsey Swan in Harrisburg, PA.Posted: July 16th, 2010 04:07PM
Type: Teddy BearStore: Pet Smart
These hamsters have a very easy temperament. I have had several of these hamsters and just love them. If not litter box trained they tend to choose one spot in the cage to go to the bathroom. Love to play and rarely bite. Very low maintenance and great for kids!
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Amount: $10.00
Posted by: kimderly12345 in DC, WA.Posted: March 17th, 2010 11:03AM
Type: Teddy BearStore: Petco
i named mine carly and she lived for about 3 years she never once would bite.all u really do is when u first get it just pet it and then feed it give it water clean its cage and nurish it and youll have a gerat well trained hamster.and with my second hamster freddy i diddnt know he was sick when i got hin and so he was alive for two weeks.:-(
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How Much I Spent On Robvorski Hamster
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: a user in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: June 7th, 2009 12:06PM
Type: Robvorski HamsterStore: Petco
The hamster itself cost around $15 and then the cage, food, and other things cost around $35-$55.
Robvorski hamsters are really quick and literally impossible to hold. =)
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Amount: $12.00
Posted by: Amber baily in Montrose, MI.Posted: April 21st, 2009 12:04PM
Type: goldenStore: petco
veary eazy to tack care of. he will run if you scare him.
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