Hamsters make great pets for kids and adults and getting hamsters for sale online has never been easier. However, you have to take great care when purchasing a hamster online.
Like most online transactions, there are some few reported cases of scams and identity theft, so always use secured payment methods and only buy from reputable sites.
Find a Reputable Store
The first step in finding hamsters for sale online is to browse through online pet stores. Once you find some suitable online stores with hamster stocks, pick the stores nearest to you for easier shipping and quick access in case you have to physically visit them.
Use a store that is known for its quality, resourcefulness, and great customer care. Apart from pet stores, you can check the pet section of convenience stores in your area. You can also check pet adoption agencies and adoption ads.
Breeders and owners in your neighborhood may offer a better deal when you are searching for hamsters for sale online. You may also visit the websites of animal shelters to see what they have available.
View Pictures or Videos
When shopping for hamsters for sale online then check if the adverts for available pets have pictures and videos posted.
This will give you a better idea of the kind of pet you will get. Ask if the picture is of the hamster you will get or it is just a poster picture for all the hamsters they sell. If not, then ask for a video of the hamsters available if they have.
Ask For Records
When you have shortlisted the hamsters for sale online that you have an interest in, you can ask for records from the pet owner or store.
Such records should typically include date of birth, any vet visits, diets the hamster has been on, any supplements they have been taking, any medication they have had, etc. These will make you better prepared to handle ant instances of disease or stress that the hamster may have undergone prior to your purchasing it.
Some pet stores and owners may not have all this information available but you can call or email asking for specific details. Ask whether the hamster has ever fallen victim to any conditions such as infestation by mites.
View Them Live Then Select
Viewing pictures and videos cannot give you the true picture of the conditions of any hamsters for sale online. The best way to guarantee that what you see is what you get is by physically visiting the pet store and seeing the hamster.
You can first do the initial shopping online then visit the one that seems best for you. Once you have a good idea of which pet you want to buy, arrange it so that you visit where he is kept in the late afternoon.
Hamsters are crepuscular, that means they sleep most of the day and only come out to hunt and play at dawn and dusk.
Therefore, by viewing them at such times you get to see them at their most active and avoid waking them up. You will also get to notice any defects or signs of illness plus you will first hand get to see what they have been feeding on. All these facts will aid you in making an informed choice of hamster to adopt.
Selling Your Pet Hamster
If your hamster has just had her litter you may be unprepared for the additional responsibility of extra pups. You should consider selling or even giving away the pups though I think selling is better.
For one, selling establishes that the new parent/owner is committed and able to financially invest in the hamster. Secondly, the extra money helps you take care of the remaining hamster(s).
So even if it’s your friend or neighbor interested in adopting one of the pups, you better sell rather than give away.
To sell your new pups you should get the word out there by advertising. An alternative to hamsters for sale online put up posters in places such as school notice boards, at malls, next to pet stores, or even at church bulletin boards.
You should advertise through local animal shelters and spread the word through friends and family that you have hamster pups available for adoption. Approach privately owned pet stores long before the pups are born to check if they want to stock up.
If they will not purchase your pups at least they can direct potential customers when they run out of their own stocks.
If you want an even wider reach, advertise online through pet and hamster-related websites and blogs and put up your hamsters for sale online.
You should also use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Retail websites such as eBay do not permit the sale of live pets but there are a other alternatives for pet enthusiasts to advertise their extra pets.