Checking Your Hamster
Once you have selected a suitable, healthy-looking hamster, ask to handle it so you can check how tame it is and more closely inspect its appearance and health. If the seller will not let you handle the hamster then you will not be able to make these important checks and should avoid buying there.
You will want a hamster that reacts well to people. It is natural for them to be nervous initially but try to select a hamster that appears fairly calm when approached and is tame and friendly when handled. If possible, try to find out the age of your hamster. It is best to choose a hamster that is as young as possible, but it should be at least five to six weeks old.
Check that the hamster has a firm body and does not have runny, sticky or cloudy eyes, or a runny nose or sneezing. Also check the fur around the eyes, nose and chin. This should not be wet and there should be no signs of matted fur, staining or crusts. In addition, you should ensure that your hamster’s teeth are well aligned and not overgrown, and that there is no soiling or wetness around the rear end, which may be a sign of diarrhea.
Your hamster should breathe quietly and comfortably, without making wheezing, clicking or gurgling noises.