Hamsters are small rodents that make great starter pets for children, because they are easy to care for and leave very little mess. The typical weight of a pet hamster differs with factors such as age and the time of day when weighing, but adult hamsters typically weigh just over 198gr, or 200 grams.
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Weight Fluctuation Throughout the Day
Throughout the day, it's possible for a hamster's weight to fluctuate, up to 0.21 of a pound (6 grams) in some cases, according to the UK's National Hamster Council. To get a more accurate weight, weigh your hamster at the same time each day.
A hamster is fully grown by 6 months, and owners should notice a slow weight gain from birth to this age. However, hamsters start to lose weight when they hit old age, so owners should be aware that after a hamster reaches 18 months, its weight may decrease, but at a slow rate.
If a hamster has stopped eating, or has loose droppings, and has lost weight, owners should see a vet immediately. Owners should know the difference between a healthy weight fluctuation and weight loss in their hamster; by weighing the pet every day, and keeping a record of its average weight, owners will be able to detect health issues more easily.
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