Animal Stories - Hamster

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  If you provide your Hamster with a wheel, it will run up to 8 miles per night!
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michelle - 2009-02-18
We purchased our first dwarf hamster about a month ago. We walked into the pet store and she had her little front paws on the front of the cage, her ears all perky as if to say "Look at me - I will make a great pet!".
Well, we couldn't resist. We named her Despereaux. It took her a little time to become acclimated to us, but now she is so funny! Every morning when she hears us enter the kitchen she climbs to the top of her cage (we have the Critter Trail X, which has a viewing station for her - great cage!), and starts poking her nose out to say good morning and to get her Cheerios! YES - CHEERIOS! She loves them. We feed one at a time, she usually eats 3 - 4 pretty quickly, then will take a few and hide them for later. We crack up laughing at how quickly she hides them and then comes back for another. We let her hide maybe 3 - 4 for later. We don't want her to eat only Cheerios. In the afternoon after she eats her pellet food she will again go to the viewing station looking for us - this time for popcorn! We just use popcorn that we pop at home with a little oil, no salt or butter. One piece of popcorn takes her 5 minutes to eat - it is hilarious to see how big the one piece is in her hands - and the cutest part is that she sits and holds it with her front paws.
Don't waste money buying the expensive treats in the store!
Needless to say we are very pleased with her.
We look forward to many more fun times with her.

Rio - 2009-02-01
Well, few days ago I traded one of my pet snakes for a Syrian hamster. I got to say that the little critter was not in her tip-top shape (due to lack of care from previous owner). But after a couple of days under my care, she looked much better and has become very active. To my surprise, she gets along with my 4 pet white mouse nicely, although the mouse were intimidated by the hamster's size.

SARAH 10-29-98 - 2009-02-01
Dear Animal world,

I just got a baby dwarf hamster and she is albino and her name I SNOWFLAKE. She is so cute and I just got her yesterday at PET-CO. Before I can hold her and get her out of her cage I have to wait 30 minutes. Oh ya, I forgot, my name is Sarah and I'm 10 years old. THANK YOU.

SARAH 10-29-98

Amanda - 2009-01-25
I got a Dwarf Hamster for Christmas from my boyfriend. I named him Blueberry. I'm not to sure if he's a Roborovskii Hamster or a Campbell's Russian Hamster (Djungarian Hamster. i've looked at some pictures and the two kinds look so similar.
I had to get a quiet wheel right away!
We have been taking him out every day for about 20 minutes and let him run on the bed making sure he can't fall off. He's really starting to get use to us and the dog. Its so much fun watching him.

Michelle & Ryan - 2009-01-10
My 10 year daughter (Ryan) just got her first male golden hamster and all the goodies for christmas from her 20 year old sister. His name is Chester. She was so happy and we loved the fact that Ryan was so involved in the caring and knowledge of what to do and what not to do. On New Years Eve, I was examining Chester and I realized that he had gained a lot of weight within a short time. I asked the girls if they were feeding him too much. Out of no where I decided to ask my daughter how she knew that she had gotten a male. She said that she asked for a male hamster at the pet store. I looked the sex details up on the internet and discovered that Chester was NOT a male hamster and that SHE was definitely pregnant. We had decided that night to return her to the store in the morning and trade her for another male hamster, since we knew nothing about hamsters or taking care of baby hamsters.

Needless to say, it was TOO LATE! Overnight she had 14 pups. I quickly got on the internet to search for information on what to do. My daughter was not about to let us get rid of her hamster(Rosie) now that she had the babies. I was completely shocked when I saw them. They looked like little pink worms with feet. I can't explain my amazement. Now it has been 10 days since birth and I have to say that I am the one in the family that is most interactive and amused with Rosie, the hamster babies and their needs. I get excited to watch the growth of the babies daily because it is so fast. I have taken pictures daily and plan to put them in a photo album for my daughter to remember this experience because it is not going to happen again in our household. I am going to let her keep one of the babies and it will be another female. However, the sad part of the story is that we are down to 11 pups. We know that one suffocated the first day. Rosie threw it to the side, it turned blue and we pulled it out with tongs. It is now buried in our garden with a proper cross marking and neighborhood child funeral (which was quite cute).
I did have to explain the cycle of hamster life and a little more than I was ready to explain with this experience to my 10 year old daughter. The other hamsters were naturally disposed of by the mother, we are guessing. This was again, very heartbreaking to my daughter. She has since gotten over the fact the she thought she was somehow guilty for their deaths because she looked at them through the cage and I have been preaching to her NOT to touch the babies or the mother will kill them if she smells your scent on them. I was kind of harsh. It is amazing to see how much the mother hamster, Rosie wants out of her cage, wants in her ball or to interact with me ONLY! It has become a morning routine with her and I before I leave for work. I worry that she wont settle back to trusting my daughter. This is why I have agreed to let her have the pick of the litter.
Any suggestions on what type of cages we should use to separate the babies when the time comes would help. I really don't want to go out and buy anything, but I don't want more pregnant babies.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed our New Years experience.

ella007 - 2009-01-09
I have had my hamster for 7 months. I still remember the day I got him when he chewed his cardboard box and ran off down the street. I cannot tame him. I have tried everything like scoop him up in a cup and place a sunflower seed on your hand and let him walk on it, but it will not work. Also he has chewed 2 cages down to the core and he has lots of toys and he never drinks. He is a syrian hamster. Also, his cage always stinks. I always clean him out. I change his food every day but I still find that hard because he will bite me. My mom says I will have no choice to sell him if I can not tame him please help me!

Ella - 2009-01-08
i have had a hamster for 7 months i can not tame him i have tried everything like leave him alone and then pick him up but i am soooo scared of him he bites every one he has always been nasty we have brought 2 cages but he has chewed them all please help me!!!!!!!!

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  • Pam - 2010-04-28
    I was told by the pet store owner, if they bite they may be needing some protein in their diet. Like, Ferret food, dry cat food. I gave mine pieces of boiled egg she loves it. Also, I didn't know mine was a female until 1 wk. later "Jerry" became a "Jerryann" when she had 6 babies. I read they'll bite too when ter'yre pregnant due to irritability. Babies are 13 days old now, found one runt today and I'm trying to keep it healthy. Males may have a stronger odor too when they urinate. Good Luck!
Katelin - 2008-12-31
Hi,my name is katelin and I just got a female golden hamster for christmas and her name is, Barlow. She is very sweet and has only bit me once, but I think it was totally accidental. We got her a habitrail, she LOVES it and we got her a ball which she goes completely wild in. I think she is the best looking hamster in the universe, she is bright gold with white lightning stripes on each side of her body. I just love my little Barlow to death and I pamper her to pieces.

P.S. God bless all hamsters and owners out there. LOVE,

willfma - 2008-12-27
Just give him some time.

Haley - 2008-12-26
Hi there, I just want to say that I got a hamster on christmas eve and I love her and her name is Holly. She is the best ever and never bites at all and I did NOT tame her at all. She is very pretty. She is brown and white. I got her at petco. I did not know nothing about it until my bro got a puppy on christmas eve and so we went to get food and a leash etc. for her, and my mom told me to pick out a hamster. I was so surprised and happy. I could not believe it and now my mom will not come in my room, haha, and thats about my hamster Holly. I lov ya Holly. holly rules!