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Frequently Asked


Answers to popular queries

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions people have about Vectis Hamstery.

Hamster Babies

Questions about hamster availability

When will hamsters be available?

I am planning one or two litters in 2022, but when depends on my girls!

Can I reserve a hamster or go on the waiting list?

It is not possible to reserve hamsters or go on a waiting list when hamsters are not available. All enquiries are directed to sign up to the mailing list.

When will you have Syrian hamster babies?

I do not plan on breeding species other than Chinese hamsters soon. If you are looking for other hamster species please contact a different hamstery.


Questions about the rehoming process

How old are the hamsters?

Hamster babies are at least 5 weeks old when they are rehomed. This gives them time to adjust to living without mum before moving home. 

Do I need to bring a carrier?

To enable a socially distanced collection, a plastic rehoming box will be provided.

Can I choose my own hamster?

Vectis works hard to match the right hamster with the right home.

You may be able to choose your hamster from a selection in the litter, or you may only have one hamster offered to you.

The offer email will state what is available to you. If you are not clear, please ask.

Can I visit the hamster room?

This is not possible, however you can take a virtual tour here.

How do you keep rehoming covid-safe?

Hamster choice will be done remotely prior to a socially distanced collection. Those collecting a hamster are not able to visit the hamster room.

For more details, click here.

Other Popular Questions

More things people want to know

Do you deliver?

You will need to collect your new hamster from Southampton.

Delivery or use of a courier service is not available.

Are the hamsters 'tame'?

Young hamsters are carefully reared and follow an evidence-based socialisation plan. This introduces them to the noises, scents and environments they are likely to experience during their lives.

They are regularly and respectfully handled. Any hamsters who do not respond well to handling are further evaluated. If they are unlikely to make good pets, they are not offered for rehoming; they remain here at Vectis for their lifetime.

What ongoing support do you offer?

Throughout your hamster’s life, you can contact Vectis Hamstery if you need advice. 

You can make contact through email, the Facebook page, or the contact section on this website.

It is helpful if you can include your hamster’s litter name or date of birth, though this is not essential.

What happens if I can't keep my hamster?

If you are no longer able to keep your hamster, please contact Vectis Hamstery as soon as possible.

Vectis Hamstery will offer no judgement, but will welcome your hamster back here. This applies no matter the age or health of the hamster. All Vectis hamsters are welcome to return although very few have!

No Vectis hamster should ever find itself on Preloved or in a rescue.

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