How Old is my Hamster in Human Years?

How old is my hamster in human years

How old is my hamster in human years? 

Hamsters don’t have a very long lifespan but here is an overview of how old your hamster is roughly in human years: 

Hamster Real Age2 mth4 mths6 mths9mths1 yr1,5yrs2yrs2,5yrs3yrs
Human Equivalent611172534506684100
Real age of hamsters – equivalent in human years

How old is my hamster in human years – table

How do I tell how old my hamster is? 

It’s quite difficult to find out your hamster age just by looking at it as they live very short lives and become adults in a short period of time. However, the best way to guess their age is by looking at their fur: when they are less than a year old, they have full fur, but once they are older than a year, their fur begins to thin until it becomes thinner and thinner towards the end of their life at the age of 2,5 or 3ish.  

They also tend to become lazier the older they get – less energy, less interest in toys and food etc.   

If you have a baby hamster, you can tell they are less than 2 weeks old if their eyes are still shut.  

How old is a 2-year-old syrian hamster? 

Syrian hamsters often live between 2 and 3 years, so when your Syrian hamster reaches the age of 2, they are nearing the end of it. In human years your Syrian hamster would be 66ish. You will probably find that your hamster becomes more lethargic and might be less interested in treats and playtime. The best thing to do is to make sure that your hamster has a quiet area to live and that they are being kept as stress free as possible. This doesn’t mean you can’t hold and cuddle your hamster, it might just be that – especially towards the 3 years- they are less interested because they are tired and old.  

How many human years do hamsters live? 

Hamsters tend to live between 2 and 3 human years. This means that when a hamster reaches the age of 2 years, they are getting old and are often not so bothered about playtime anymore. Their weight might fluctuate, and they tend to sleep more. This is all normal part of being old.  

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How old are hamsters when they are sold? 

Hamsters are often between 6 and 8 weeks (about 2 months) old when they are put up for sale in a shop. They are normally left with their siblings, so if there are many baby hamsters in the nest, they are on the younger side as they will have just been put up for sale. However, it seems that the age rage differs per shop and sometimes hamsters as young as 4 weeks are being sold. It’s important to ask questions when you are considering buying a hamster, and the seller should know the date the babies were born.  

What is the longest living hamster? 

The Guinness Book of Records states that: ‘The oldest hamster ever was 4.5 years old, and was owned by Karen Smeaton of Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom.’  

How do you tell if a hamster is a boy or a girl? 

You will need to look at the underbelly of your hamster and measure the distance between the anus and the genital openings (penile in male hamsters and vaginal and urinary in females). The distance is much longer in males than in females. In females they are so close together that they are often touching.  

What do pet stores do with unsold hamsters? 

Some pet shops discount the hamsters when they get older, though most end up in the rehome section of the shop where people can adopt them. This basically means they give them away. Sometimes employees take them on as well.  

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At what age is a syrian hamster fully grown? 

Syrian Hamsters grow up quickly and on average, Syrian hamsters are fully grown at the age of 3 months. However, they are capable of breeding at the tender age of 4 weeks! When syrian hamsters become fully mature, their markings and coloring become clear and permanent.  

Can hamsters live for 5 years? 

No hamster has ever been known to live that long. The longest living – recorded- hamster was 4,5 years old which is a whole year longer than most hamsters ever become. Hamsters have a very short lifespan compared to us and are with us on average of 2,5 years. Luckily, they are cute and lovely creatures which can give us much love and companionship in this short  

Which hamster has the longest lifespan? 

The Roborovski hamster has a lifespan between 3 and 3,5 years, which is significantly longer than all the other hamster species like the Syrian and the dwarf hamsters. On average hamsters live to roughly 2,5 years of age. 

What are the lifespans for different hamster species? 

While the average age of hamsters is about 2,5 years, some species tend to live longer than others: 

Roborovski hamsterbetween 3 and 3,5 years 
Syrian hamsters between 2 and 2,5 years 
Campbell Dwarf Hamstersaround 2 years
Chinese hamsterbetween 1,5 and 2 years
Winter White Russian Dwarf Hamstersbetween 1,5 and 2 years
Lifespan of different Hamster Species

Can hamsters live for 4 years? 

While some hamsters live till 4 (the longest living recorded hamster was 4,5 years old), the average hamster lives till 2,5. The Roborovski hamster is the longer living species and is therefore more likely to live to 4, however, their lifespan is normally between 3 and 3,5 years.  

Can hamsters live more than 2 years? 

Yes, hamsters do live on average 2,5 years so many hamsters will live to 2. Winter White Russian dwarf hamsters and the Chinese hamster have a lifespan of 1,5 to 2 years, so it’s less likely they reach the age of 2, however it’s still very much possible. 

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What is the lifespan of a hamster? 

Hamsters live on average 2,5 years, with Roborovski hamsters living up to 3,5 years and many dwarf hamsters between 1,5 and 2 years.  

How old is 2 years in hamster years? 

As hamsters on average live 2,5 years, a 2-year-old hamster would be roughly 80 years old in human years if we assume humans live to 100. (100 divided by 2,5. Times 2) However, Roborovski hamsters can live to 3,5 so they would be about 57.  (100 divided by 3.5. Times 2). 

How old is 3 years in hamster years? 

Hamsters normally don’t get older than 3,5 and the average lifespan of hamsters overall is 2,5 years. If you have a Roborovski hamster then your 3-year-old hamster is about 85 years old in human years. Any other hamster would be well over 100 years old!  

How many dwarf hamster years are in 1 human year? 

If we assume that a dwarf hamster is likely to die at the age of 2, a dwarf hamster at 1 year old would be somewhere between 40 and 50 human years, assuming humans live to between 80 and 100 years.  

How old is my syrian hamster in human years? 

Hamster Real Age3 mth6 mths9 mths1 yr1,5yr2yrs2,5yrs3yrs3,5yrs
Human Equivalent714212943577186100
Real age of hamsters – equivalent in human years

What’s the lifespan of a hamster? 

While it would be great to give a definitive answer here, it’s hard to say how long your hamster will live and depends very much on the species of hamster, their living conditions and their genetic makeup. Hamsters sometimes bring disease home from their breeder or pet shop and might have a shorter lifespan because of this. On average hamsters live about 2,5 years, with Dwarf and Chinese hamsters typically under this and Roborovski and Syrian hamsters above this average. 

What affects the lifespan of a hamster? 

As to how long our hamsters will life, there are some factors we have control over, like diet, exercise, cage size, bedding and stress level while other factors like genetics, species and illnesses (either genetic or environmental) are outside of our control. In my view, this means we should enjoy every moment we have with our hamster and give the best care possible so that however long your friend can be with you, it will be the best and happiest time possible. 

Factors that affect the lifespan of your hamster

Factors that affect the lifespan of your hamster are:

  • Species of hamster (some live longer than others) 
  • Genetic make up 
  • Diet  
  • Exercise 
  • Stress in your hamsters live 
  • Sickness 
  • Size and cleanliness of their living space 

How can you make sure your hamster lives as long as possible? 

  • Make sure you only give your hamster good quality food. 
  • Install a hamster wheel so your hamster can exercise 
  • Let your hamster out of the cage often 
  • Make sure their cage is large enough and has a large floorspace 

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