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The Hamster: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet [Hardcover]

Betsy Sikora Siino
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Book Description

July 14 1997 Happy Healthy Pet (Book 138)
This is our sixth set of Happy, Healthy Pet titles. Like the others, they are books pet owners can turn to for the essential information they need to raise a healthy pet.

All books contain information on:

  • feeding
  • housing
  • grooming
  • health care
  • what to expect from the pet
  • basic training.
As our series expands and focuses on different kinds of pets, the emphasis remains on making the pet a companion. In addition, owners of more unusual pets will particularly appreciate the expert advice in these books because professional care for their animals may be difficult to come by. As always, the instruction is from expert—people who know their pet intimately, but also remember what it was like to have one for the first time.

Happy, Healthy Pet guides are rich with professional quality color photos and are designed to be enjoyable and easy to learn from.

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At last, a book that emphasizes total care and companionship! You'll learn all about the captivating world of keeping a hamster as a pet, including the specific traits of your hamster; the best cages, toys and treats; feeding requirements; how to monitor and maintain your hamster's health and how to keep your hamster mentally stimulated. Chapters also cover the history and ecology of hamsters. You'll learn what the world's like from your pet's perspective and how to enjoy your hamster through activities you can do together.

The Hamster is written by an expert who understands the special needs of this popular pet. Best of all, the book is filled with informative sidebars and fun facts to make caring for your pet hamster easy and enjoyable.

About the Author

BETSY SIKORA SIINO is an award-winning writer who has covered animals as diverse as birds and wolves. She is a regular contributor to Dog Fancy and Horse Illustrated magazines and is the author of a You Want a WHAT for a Pet?!.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Hamster Book March 18 2002
I have owned hamsters for over a year now and have read quite a few books and websites about the cute little pets. In the last few months I have become bored with the same old stuff in all the books - most, however, have adorable pictures that make up for it, but nevertheless I hoped to find one with new information. Then - behold! - I picked up this book. A very attractive, well-made and well-written book, it is filled with new, interesting and useful info. I actually learned something from "The Hamster: An Owner's Guide to a Happy, Healthy Pet"! On almost every page there is a wonderful color photo of a hamster (or, in some cases, hamsterS). I would reccommend this book to first-time hamster owners as well as the more experienced kind who are looking for new, complete information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive manual. July 14 2004
The Essential Hamster is practically complete redundancy of Barron's Complete Manual on Hamsters. Though excellent in detail, helpful information, and photographs, this is a waste of money if you already own other manuals on this pet. Typical of this type of book, it covers: Feeding, keeping your pet healthy, behavior, medical issues, and the homecoming preparation tips after purchasing a new hamster. There is absolutely nothing new and interesting added to the "Essential" series. If you own it, fine. However, if you seek detailed, new, interesting, and superior all around material, purchase the Barron's Complete Manual on hamsters instead of this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far too simplistic Aug. 29 2001
By Jayfeth
I would not recommend this book to anyone who has any knowledge of hamsters. Although it touches on a lot of information that may be needed by someone who has never owned a hamster it is lacking in comprehensive information that I believe is necessary to have a happy, healthy pet. It seems to be aimed at either children or people who know nothing about hamsters. I would have prefered a book that included more information on health and diet. I found that those sections were not nearly detailed enough and it would be of greater benefit to have specific information about certain ailments, diseases and dangers. [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Healthy Hamster is a HAPPY Hamster! Sept. 29 1998
By A Customer
With a 4 part, 10 chapter format, this picture rich informative book has everything for the Hamster owner! I looked at many books, and enjoyed this one the best...it's up-to-date and includes many further resources, and WEB Links, including ones to organizations that deal with this cute critter. A nice section deals with putting your little pet in HAMSTER SHOWS, similiar to the dog and cat shows! If you are looking to purchase a new and comprehensive book on hamsters, you can't go wrong with this very complete book-from history and housing to having fun with your new pet-we do!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners Oct. 10 2001
This book was of some help to me because I am a new owner of a hamster. I learned about some fresh ideas that are not covered in typical pet store hamster books. I found the reading though to be quite repititave, as if the writer was trying to fill a certain number word requirement. There were some great pictures of hamsters too, including some nice close up shots. Over all the book was helpful to me and I would suggest this book to any new owner who needs some intro knowledge on these loveable rodents.
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