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Buying a hamster

You can buy a hamster from any good pet store, where experienced staff will be on hand to offer advice. Alternatively, you may know someone locally who breed hamsters, and you might be able to find an address of a local hamster club from your library or pet shop. You may also be able to acquire a hamster from a friend who has bred some. In all instances, look for a hamster that is clean and well cared for. In a pet shop, it is a good sign if the staff are knowledgeable and can give you advice when you are making your choice. Resist the temptation to buy a sickly looking hamster just because you feel sorry for it you could end up with a lot of heartache, trouble, and expense trying to get it well. It is always best to buy pet hamsters when they are young and readily trainable, aged between five and twelve weeks.

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