Hamster

Hamster

CARE AND FEEDING

Cage Dimensions*
# of Adults # of Young Length Width Height
Breeding/Lactation 1 pair 8-10 50 cm 25 cm 15 cm
Growing - - 60 cm 60 cm 8 cm
Experimental 8-10 Variable
Feeding Recommendations
Daily Feed Usage Water Requirement Begin Dry Food Consumption
10-14 gm. Feed free choice. Ad libitum 7-9 days
No supplemental feeding necessary
Environmental Data
Temp. Humidity Light Litter Material
21 °C 45-55% 10-12 hrs/day Treated shavings, corn cobs, beet pulp,
peat moss, or commercial bedding

BIOLOGICAL VALUES

Blood Chemical Composition values are for plasma, except where noted
Water Calcium Sodium Chloride Phosphorus Potassium
93-95 gm/100ml - 144 mEq/L 106 mEq/L - -
Magnesium Cholesterol Glucose Serum Protein Albumin Globulin
1.9-2.5 mg/100 ml - 88.9-97.3 mg/100ml - - -
Oxygen Consumption and Body Temperature
Observed
Weight
Temp-
erature
O2 Con-
sumption
Breathing Rate Heart Beat
120 gm 38 °C - 74/minute
(33-127)
450/minute
(300-600)
Hematological Values
Whole Blood Vol. (T-1824 dye) Clotting Time RBC Life Span RBC Diameter RBC Rate of
Sedimentation
85 ml/kg 143 sec. 2 mm/hr
Blood pH RBC Hematocrit Platelets Hb
7.39 4.0-10.0 106/mm³ 49 ml/100ml 160-516 103/mm³ 12.0 gm/100ml
Total and Differential White Blood Cell Counts
Leucocytes Neutros Eosinos Basos Lymphos Monos

LIFE CYCLE INFORMATION

Weight
Adult Male
Weight
Adult Female
Weight
at Birth
Breeding
Age
Male Breeding Age Female Estrus
Cycle
85-100 gm 95-120 gm 2 gm 2 months
85-100 gm
2 months
95-120 gm
4 days, variations
4-15 days
Gestation Weaning Age Litter Size Rebreed After
Parturition
Breeding Life Male Breeding Life Female
16 days, variations
15-19 days
20-24 days
35 gm
6-10 4-6 days 1 year 10-12months
(4-5 litters)
Mating Data: Pair
* Refer to the “Guide for the Care and use of Laboratory Animals” — NIH Publication No. 85-23, Revised 1985.
Prepared by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418

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