Available by appointment.

Available Critters

Currently Available Animals: August 2015

Currently Available Animals: August 2015

Available Animals: 8 male rats 8 female rats 10 Roborovski dwarf hamsters 6 male Campbell's dwarf hamsters 6 female Campbell's 4 female Teddy Bear Syrian hamsters 4 male Teddy Bear Syrians ... Read More >


Announcing Furball Critters Newest Furballs!

Announcing Furball Critters Newest Furballs!

Meet Pip and Squeak, our baby Chinchillas!  They were born on 8/13/2015 and are as cute as they can be.  They were born with eyes open and fully furred and exploring the cage almost immediately.  Chi Chi is being a great mom, and Rodriguez even helps... Read More >

Find the Perfect Family Pet

Diane Kipnis, Owner

   USDA Licensed Class A Breeder


Fancy Rats and Teddy Bear Hamsters are available now.

Come over and pick our your new furry friend.


Locate the right pet for your family or store by browsing our selection of hamsters. FURBALL CRITTERS offers non-biting dwarf hamsters, long hair Syrian hamsters (teddy bear), and fancy rats at retail and wholesale prices for families and pet stores. Visit us in Santa Cruz, California, to pick out your new pet today.


Effective April 1, 2015 our retail prices will be:

  • Rats $15
  • Dwarf Rats $35
  • Hairless Rats $20
  • Teddy Bear Syrian hamsters $20
  • Tortoiseshell or tri-color teddies $25
  • Campbell’s dwarf hamsters $14
  • Roborovski dwarf hamsters $14
Pet Store owners, contact us for wholesale prices.  Free delivery with 10 animal minimum purchase.  We do not ship.

Non-Biting Hamsters

FURBALL CRITTERS breeds dwarf hamsters with good temperaments, which makes them safer for kids. We use breeders with good temperaments to get babies with good temperament! It’s all in the breeding! We offer a non-biting guarantee and on the off chance that you do get a biter, are happy to trade it out for another hamster within one month of purchase. Store delivery is available within the San Francisco Bay Area with a 10 animal minimum.

View our gallery to see our hamsters.

Choosing a Family Pet

When you’re ready for a new family pet, come to Furball Critters to choose a furry friend. We will give you personal service and educate you about the animals before you leave. Come down and hold them and we will assist in the choosing of your new friend. Our staff provides you with information on care, and we include either some Lab Blocks or Radco Enriched Hamster® food with each purchase.

Hamster Breeds

Roborovski Dwarf Hamsters Roborovski dwarf hamsters are fast and active; because of this they very difficult to hold and are not recommended for young children. They are very easy to care for and have little smell. They are Agouti color.  They are more fun to watch when you have 2 or more. Campbell Dwarf Hamsters Campbell dwarf hamsters come in a variety of colors and are good for kids over 6. They can be held for short periods of time, but should be held over a box in case they squirm between your fingers or jump.  They can be put in small hamster balls that allow them to roam around the house.  The dwarfs can handle cold rooms or garages just fine, heat is their enemy.  They originally came from Russia, and even have fur on the bottom of their feet for insulation! Teddy Bear Syrian Teddy Bears are the long haired variety of Syrian hamsters. They are larger, and slower and much easier to hold than the dwarfs.  These are the best choice for first pets for young kids.  They tend to sleep more than the dwarfs when they get older, and aren’t as much fun to watch, but are more aware of their surroundings and their people than the dwarfs.  They are easy to tame as long as you move slowly, quietly and patiently.   Note: Dwarf Hamsters tend to be territorial, so if you plan to have 2, it’s best to buy them young and already together. Most of the time, two unfamiliar adults won’t get along if placed together. If you want to try an introduction, put them both in neutral territory such as an empty, clean Kritter Keeper. Watch them constantly for at least 10 minutes and remove one should a fight break out. If they pass the introduction, house them in a clean cage free from either of their smells to help discourage one defending its territory, and continue to monitor them closely for a few days.


A miracle has taken place at Furball Critters!

Rat with cross on head bred at Furball CrittersCheck out this new rat!  First one ever with a cross on her head!  I have named her Angel.  She was the only baby from an “Oops” litter, so she really is a miracle.  I’m hoping for a male next time so I can name him Cheesus.  What I really want next is one with a Star of David.  “Like” us to be the first to find out what anomaly shows up next.

Hours of Operation: Call 408-390-4455 for an Appointment.
Best times are weekday evenings after 7:00 PM and all weekends.