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can guinea pigs and hamsters live together

Can guinea pigs and hamsters live together?

Hamsters are creatures that many guinea pig owners have in addition to their piggies.

They are extremely cute pets, are low maintenance and don’t cost very much to maintain.

Hamsters also don’t take up very much space.

Their cage can be put in a corner of your home to enjoy the warmth of the environment that they are in.

They are nocturnal creatures who much prefer to do their activities during the night time and then sleep during the day.

This means that they are very noisy at night as they love to run and will often be found on their hamster wheel.

The sound of a whirring hamster wheel will often be heard during the nighttime hours.

This is why it is a bad idea not to sleep in the same room or near the place where a hamster is kept.

Hamsters are not social creatures and most species that are bred in captivity only prefer to be kept alone.

The most popular breed of hamster is the Syrian hamster and they are very much solitary creatures.

Hamsters don’t tend to live for that long, between 2-3 years at the very most and so you really have to make the most of the time that you have with them.


So what happens when you have both a hamster and a guinea pig.

Can economies be made so that it is easier to put them together?

Can guinea pigs and hamsters live together?

No, they can’t at all, unfortunately. These are the reasons why;

They are two different types of creature.

Guinea pigs are very social animals.

They enjoy the company of other guinea pigs and spending time with them.

They do not like living alone that much and do much better when in the company of others.

Their quality of life increases when they spend time with other piggies.

The social interaction and help they give each other gives them life.

Hamsters, on the other hand, prefer to live in solitary situations.

Most hamsters do not enjoy the company of others, even the same types of hamster.

If they are to live with anyone, it is their own kin who they have grown up with since birth and haven’t been separated from.

When they are put with other creatures or stranger hamsters, they get agitated and aggressive.

Putting a hamster and a guinea pig/s together could be disastrous for both creatures from a social point of view because of these reasons.


can hamsters and guinea pigs live together?

6 Reasons Why Hamsters and Guinea Pigs Can’t Live Together

Hamsters and guinea pigs are roughly the same size, are kept in roughly the same conditions and are enjoyed as pets the world over.

So they should be ok living together right?

Nooo. Guinea pigs and hamsters should be kept well apart and these are the reasons why.

1. Hamsters are nocturnal animals and guinea pigs aren’t.

Hamsters will tend to move around much more at night and sleep during the day, guinea pigs sleep in patches and will take naps during the day and the night. They don’t have long sustained periods of sleep. 

2. Hamsters have very different characteristics to guinea pigs.

Hamsters will bite if they feel threatened. Guinea pigs will tend to run away and will only bite if they mistake something for food or in serious self defence.

The hamster will most likely end up injuring the guinea pig in some way because of this. However, guinea pigs will bite back if necessary. The most likely outcome is an injured guinea pig and a dead hamster.

3. Hamsters are solitary animals where as guinea pigs are herd animals.

Hamsters will tend to attack anything that comes into its path and can be quite vicious. Guinea pigs however are prey animals and will retreat and hide by instinct.

However a guinea pig is much larger than a hamster and has much larger teeth. If it wanted to, it could kill a guinea pig easily and such instances have happened when owners have done this very thing.

4. The diets of hamsters and guinea pigs diets vary quite a lot.

can hamsters and guinea pigs live together?Both animals require different diets and there will be no telling which animal will eat whose food. Guinea pigs need vitamin c supplements, plenty of Timothy hay and a good supply of water.

Hamsters however need Seeds, Pellets, Fruits, Vegetables and Berries.

5. Hamsters and guinea pigs are quite territorial.

Hamsters more than guinea pigs and a hamsters territory is very important to it. This can cause issues with two hamsters living together, let alone a hamster and a guinea pig.

6. Hamsters and guinea pigs have different cage requirements.

Hamster cages are much smaller than guiena pig cages and hamsters need a lot less space than guinea pigs. However, this issue can be combated by putting them in a large aquarium tank, however this is not ideal for a guinea pig who enjoys having a good run around. Put a guinea pig in an aquarium only to keep it warm or as a stop-gap!

If you do have a  guinea pig and a hamster in your home it is much better to keep them separated in different cages as it is not a good idea to keep hamsters and guinea pigs in the same cage.

This means that you can cater for their own dietary needs, they can have their own space and will be much happier than having to contend with each other in the same cage.

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