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The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6NH





Hamsters are adventurous and energetic creatures – making popular pets.  There are over 20 breeds of hamster but the most common pets are Syrian (Golden) hamsters and Dwarf breeds.  If they are well cared for, they will live for around two years.

Hamsters have very specific needs that must be met if they are to be healthy and happy. PFMA is a member of the Animal Welfare Education Alliance and we believe that owning and caring for a pet is a big responsibility.  We recommend all owners read about their duty of care, as outlined in the Animal Welfare Act, and understand about their pet’s five welfare needs.

On our website, we have information on providing for a hamster’s five needs and focus mainly on our area of expertise, which is nutrition.  However, we have great tips on housing requirements and also cover their other needs, giving you links to additional sources of information.

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