Do cats eat Hamsters?

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Do cats eat Hamsters?

Post by MikeTrump1 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:24 pm

Last weekend I visited a friend of mine and found that he started keeping hamsters as pets. He explained to me that the maintenance cost is really low since they feed on insects around the compound. They look so cute and am seriously considering having around four of them as my pets, But then my greatest concern is my cat. Am really worried whether they'll live comfortably in the same compound. I also don't want my cat to be drawn away from me when i get other pets, cause we are currently so close.My friend awkwardly doesn't have a cat, actually the hamsters are the first pets he has had. I got some pictures of hamsters and they look almost exactly like rats. So i was wondering whether my cat may be tempted to chase them around? Or do cats eat Hamsters? And do you think this can affect my relationship with my cat? I really need someone who has knowledge or related experince to tell me whether or not this is a good idea. Any thought are welcome.

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Re: Do cats eat Hamsters?

Post by alanc » Sun Mar 13, 2016 6:10 pm

The short answer is yes, cats do eat hamsters. I know this because a friend of mines cat caught and killed his neighbors hamster when the latter escaped from its cage.

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Re: Do cats eat Hamsters?

Post by MarySkater » Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:27 pm

I agree with alanc; small rodents are natural cat food.

Incidentally, I believe some kinds of hamsters are solitary animals. Anyone wanting to keep a group would need to make sure they had the right kind.

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Re: Do cats eat Hamsters?

Post by Grace56 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:59 pm

Cats are predators so of course they would kill and probably eat the Hamsters if they caught them.
It would be very unfair for both cats and Hamsters to have them living in close proximity to each other.

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Post by MikeTrump1 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:31 pm

so that means i'll have to choose between my cat and the hamsters?

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Re: Do cats eat Hamsters?

Post by MarkB » Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:45 pm

We used to have a hamster when I was a kid. It used to escape from its cage and go back. We only knew because we found piles of food buried under corners of carpets etc (it was hamster food, not insects) one day we found it with a broken neck - it must have been our cat.

PS - I checked the diet for hamsters and it says 'Hamsters naturally eat a mixture of seeds/cereals/insect larvae/larger insects e.g. crickets'

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Post by Joe_Danger » Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:55 pm

I'm a little concerned about these hamsters that survive on insects, as someone who used to keep and on occasion breed and raise hamsters I know they require fresh veggies, fruit as well as grains, sunflower seeds and all sorts of stuff, they need fresh water (there is a belief in my country, or there was back then that you're not supposed to let a hamster drink water or they'd die so many people would keep hamsters with no water)
Hamsters are low maintenance alright but they require a lot of care and dedication, they're fragile creatures

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Post by MikeTrump1 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:15 pm

Thank you all for the information and advise. Now am in a better position to make the right decision.

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Post by bobbys girl » Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:59 pm

A hamster would be too much of a temptation. Mine would see it as a challenge. My sister has two cats AND a canary (Busby!) He is kept in a separate room overnight and when my sister is out. But otherwise so far so good. His cage is on a stand like Tweety Pie's so they can't reach him.

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Post by Crewella » Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:38 pm

Sadly a hamster wouldn't last five minutes in this household. With the added concern that apparently hamsters have a very high fat content so wouldn't do the cats much good either! ;)

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Re: Do cats eat Hamsters?

Post by Lilith » Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:29 pm

Yup - they're rodents and cats will hunt them. I can imagine them eating insects, they like a varied diet, but as insects are diurnal and hamsters are nocturnal...makes them pretty boring pets too as the only sign of life you'll see (or hear) is the squeak of the exercise wheel in the small hours. But if you're insomniac they could make a good pet lol.

They need to be segregated as to sex because Missis Hammy, unless she's in the mood, doesn't care to have a man about the house; we learned this the hard way as kids when my sister put her boy in with the girl and Missis sank her fangs into his stomach and killed him, and yes we should have had proper adult supervision :(

The only other thing I know about hamsters is from one of the Monty Python Papperboks which warns about their (alleged) flatulence. After reading this, for a long time in our house, whenever anybody f*rted, the cry would go up of - 'HAMSTERS!' :lol:

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Re: Do cats eat Hamsters?

Post by Animal » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:19 pm

MarkB wrote:We used to have a hamster when I was a kid. It used to escape from its cage and go back. We only knew because we found piles of food buried under corners of carpets etc (it was hamster food, not insects) one day we found it with a broken neck - it must have been our cat.

PS - I checked the diet for hamsters and it says 'Hamsters naturally eat a mixture of seeds/cereals/insect larvae/larger insects e.g. crickets'
So basically you or parents (as you were a kid) neglected you hamster and as a result he died. If you have a cat and a hamster you would make sure the hamster cannot get out.
My hamster came out of his cage before, and my cat was chasing it when I realised. Ever since I have made sure there is no way my hamster can come out. I have put something heavy on the cage and made sure all the cage doors are closed. I would not let my hamster roam around freely, once was enough!

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Re: Do cats eat Hamsters?

Post by Animal » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:27 pm

MikeTrump1 wrote:Last weekend I visited a friend of mine and found that he started keeping hamsters as pets. He explained to me that the maintenance cost is really low since they feed on insects around the compound. They look so cute and am seriously considering having around four of them as my pets, But then my greatest concern is my cat. Am really worried whether they'll live comfortably in the same compound. I also don't want my cat to be drawn away from me when i get other pets, cause we are currently so close.My friend awkwardly doesn't have a cat, actually the hamsters are the first pets he has had. I got some pictures of hamsters and they look almost exactly like rats. So i was wondering whether my cat may be tempted to chase them around? Or do cats eat Hamsters? And do you think this can affect my relationship with my cat? I really need someone who has knowledge or related experince to tell me whether or not this is a good idea. Any thought are welcome.

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They are very low maintenance and very cute! Getting 4 hamsters means getting 4 cages as they cannot live with each other as they start to fight for territorial right, which will lead in one out for 4 living and the rest dying.

Yes, a cat can serverly hurt the hamster or kill it. However,
There is no reason why you shouldn't get a hamster if you have a cat. As long as you make sure all the cage doors are shut and there are no gaps for the little hamster to come out from it will be fine.

My cat loves to watch my hamster, but I know I have to be very careful. When my cat is around the cage I always keep an eye out. I have a small place so I can't close the door and make sure the cat stays out, but that is an option.

My cat still has the same affection from when I didn't have a hamster. Make sure both get attention, and you keep the same routine with you cat.
Your cat will be fine.

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Re: Do cats eat Hamsters?

Post by booktigger » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:20 am

Yes, they would, but with the right care, you can have both - when I was growing up at one point we had cats, a dog and a hamster with no issues. Since being an adult, I had a rat for 4 months before he sadly developed pneumonia (he was abandoned, tied in a carrier bag on a factory gate, so we only know he was fully grown), I had 3 cats, the two girls were scared of him, Buster was indifferent. Clyde (the rat) liked to sit on your knee, I have pics of both him and Buster on my knee at the same time, and even one of him and all 3 cats on the bed!! All 3 were senior cats though.

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Re: Do cats eat Hamsters?

Post by nanny pamy » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:21 am

Sounds a bit cruel to me (sorry, just my opinion) to have a hamster but keep it locked In a cage. Why do that. It may be "entertaining" to sit watching it but sounds like a very boring sad life for the poor hamster.

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