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Jun. 2nd, 2017 07:14 pm
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Welcome to the Dreamwidth hamster community - the place to be for all the hamster news, tips and squees! All hamster species are welcome!

Hamsters are a common first pet for children, so I'm sure many of you have kept one or two (or more!) in your time.

Feel free to share stories and photos of your beloved hamster companions past and present, and leave a comment here to introduce yourself!

I'm [personal profile] wolfpurplemoon and I don't currently have a hamster, but I've had quite a few in my time and loved every single one of the silly fluffbutts!

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SMALL and cute, they’re often chosen as pets for children but, the reality of being woken up by a squeaky wheel in the early hours is just one of the considerations when owning a hamster.

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Note: the wheel that the hamster is on in the picture is entirely unsuitable, they can catch their limbs in the bars and cause themselves serious injuries, always give your hamster a large solid plastic wheel.
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A two-year-old hamster called Nugget had a turbulent night on Tuesday (July 11) when he was evacuated to escape a huge fire at Weybridge Community Hospital.

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MISHAWAKA — Miles is a 2-year-old hamster available for adoption at the Humane Society of St. Joseph County (574-255-4726).
He is very sweet and loves being held!

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In order to once again grab the attention of its target audience, Georgia’s largest producer of canned goods and food products, Supremo, solicited digital creative agency Leavingstone to come up with a new, eye-catching advertisement. Ultimately, “The Hungry Hungry Hamsters” was born, after roughly 1,984 hours of work, and carried out through a set that finds 1,350 intricate details coming together. (read more)
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  • Syrian hamster has only lived with 11-year-old Seren Palmer for five weeks

  • But Fidget's family from Wakefield, Yorkshire, are baffled by his escapology

  • Critter breaks out of cage before reappearing from hole in the ceiling days later

  • He always slides down extractor fan and plunges five feet onto kitchen floor

  • Fidget now has a larger, new cage and hasn't managed to escape it yet


He is as determined as any PoW in the Great Escape and seems to have the skills of a Harry Houdini.

For Fidget the Syrian hamster has only lived with 11-year-old Seren Palmer and her family from Wakefield, Yorkshire, for five weeks but has already spent 20 days on the loose after escaping TEN times.

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A couple of interesting comments on this picture:

gracey_o: my vet said that many years ago hamsters lived for 5 years. But recently they're lifespans have shortened to 2... but they're not sure why. Is this true?

the_pipsqueakery: In reply to hamsters' life spans. Yes I have owned hamsters for 55 years! I had one hamster as a young girl in grade school that lived 6 years! Most of them lived 5 years. Now 2 years to 2 1/2 is all. I wish I knew what has changed.

Personally my longest lived hamsters have been around 2 years, I didn't realise that wasn't normal for them originally!
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Article here

In the wild a hamster’s diet is suited to the area where it lives; this is usually in a dry place, often close to the edge of a desert. Wild hamsters eat seeds, grain and grasses as well as some insects. Hamsters are omnivores which means that, much like humans, they exist on a mixed diet of vegetation and meat.

It’s important that domesticated hamsters have a similar diet to that of their wild cousins. It’s also important that you don’t overfeed your hamster.

Hamsters love fruit and vegetables, but you need to be careful about the amount you are giving them. Hamsters are obviously only small creatures and too much fruit and veg in their diet can cause diarrhea. A small cube of apple, carrot or cucumber is enough. Hamsters normally especially love carrots but remember they are high in sugar so don’t give your pet too much.

Other fruit and vegetables your hamster may like are; chicory, cauliflower, broccoli, pear, peach and banana. You should never give your furry friend any citrus fruit or onion as they are high in acid and your hamster could end up with an upset tummy.
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When adding a new furry friend to your household, have you considered a hamster or gerbil?

These very small animals require less maintenance and financial commitment than puppies and kittens, and they can provide great companionship for children and adults alike. That being said, proper care and appropriate interaction for these little creatures is still essential.

The right cage is the first step towards giving your pet a good quality of life. A good option is a wire cage with a solid base, to provide a strong and well-ventilated home for your pet. An appropriate size for a cage with one to two rodents would be a minimum of 20 by 20 inches and approximately one foot tall, ideally consisting of several levels. These little guys like multiple floors to climb, and tunnels to travel through.

An aquarium can also do the job, but will not provide ideal ventilation. Plastic cages featuring tunnel systems, while entertaining for your critter, also provide less ventilation and are susceptible to being chewed through.

Loose paper bedding or shavings such as Carefresh or Aspen provide ideal bedding for hamsters and gerbils. Why? Because these guys love to dig. Fill the bottom of your cage with at least two to three inches of bedding. Do not use pine or cedar shavings as they may harm your pet’s respiratory system.

Habitats should be cleaned and bedding replaced at least once a week, depending on the size of the cage and the number of rodents in the enclosure. Gerbils are social animals—pairs of males or females raised together are ideal. Hamsters are not as social so house them individually to prevent fights. Also, never put unfamiliar rodents in an enclosure together.

Feed quality food such as Oxbow pellets every day to ensure adequate nutrition. Exercise is very important for the wellbeing of your hamster or gerbil. Provide wheels and mazes in the habitat. You can also put your rodent in a hamster ball to safely run around the house for 30 minutes a day. Gerbils and hamsters love to chew, and they need to do so because their teeth grow continuously. Provide wood chews and undyed cardboard like toilet paper rolls to keep your pet busy and happy, while also trimming the teeth. Hamsters and gerbils mainly sleep throughout the day and come out to play and eat at night.

Hamsters do a good job of cleaning themselves, but gerbils require dust baths occasionally. You will notice that your gerbil’s fur appears oily. Leave a small plate in the habitat with a scoop of gerbil dust bought from your local pet store. Gerbils roll around in their dust bath, which is very entertaining to watch. Do not give water baths to these rodents because this may strip their natural oils.

Your local animal shelter will often have rodents for adoption. Locate an exotic animal veterinarian for health concerns and general advice, and make sure to have fun with your little critter.

Next month in Animal Talk: Update re cosmetic surgery in dogs

Jessica D’Amico is a student at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Animal Talk is a monthly column in The Guardian produced by the Companion Animal Welfare Initiative (CAWI), the goal of which is to improve the welfare of owned and unowned companion animals on P.E.I. CAWI consists of the P.E.I. Humane Society, SpayAid, Cat Action Team, PE. Veterinary Medical Association, P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Forestry, P.E.I. 4-H and Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at AVC. For more information, see gov.pe.ca/agriculture/CAWI. Readers may send questions related to the well being of owned and unowned companion animals to askcawi@gmail.com.

Need to know

-Good treats for hamsters or gerbils include sunflower or pumpkin seeds (in moderation), kale leaves, carrots and apples (no seeds).

- Unsafe foods for hamsters or gerbils include onions, fruit pits and seeds, potatoes, rhubarb and iceberg lettuce (in excess).

- For more information go to www.spca.bc.ca/pet-care/care-behaviour/mice-rats-hamsters-and-gerbils/
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(originally posted by a member of the Imzy hamster community)


Posting because it's, unfortunately, necessary because people don't do their research before buying an animal
😬 No rodent, and I mean absolutely none, should live in these tiny, horrible cages! They aren't even big enough for a mouse! They're awful and way too expensive. The cages my boys live in are way huger and cheaper compared to these stupid cages. The only acceptable way they can be used is to transfer the animal from place A to place B, nothing else! So please, do your research and give your rodents the space they need to have a fun and happy life 😊👍
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Article Here

OUR vet David Grant works his animal magic.

Q - MY 12-year-old grandson has a hamster which he takes everywhere. Will that harm her now it is winter? He says he will put a blanket over her cage to keep her warm.

A - I STRONGLY advise against it. Moving hamsters about is very stressful for them and should be done only if absolutely necessary.

Most of the problems that vets see with exotic pets (and hamsters fall into that category) are caused by a lack of knowledge about their basic needs.

I suggest your grandson takes advice from the RSPCA (rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/rodents/hamsters). Hamsters are best kept at a temperature of 21C all year round.

A blanket over the cage will not protect her from cold. Another frequent problem with hamsters is poor handling. It is very easy for a hamster to be dropped, which can be fatal. Hamsters are nocturnal and can be quite grumpy if woken during the day.

If handled roughly by your grandson’s friends, the hamster could bite. My advice would be for your grandson to keep friends’ visits to the early evening and to emphasise gentle handling.

David Grant MBE was a vet at the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital for Animals. Write to him at Express Yourself, 10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EN. He is unable to enter into individual correspondence
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OUR vet David Grant works his animal magic.

Q - MY daughter’s golden hamster is about to turn two and I have warned her that they have a short life expectancy. Are there any common diseases to look out for in older hamsters?

A - THE average life span of a hamster is between 18 months and two years but I have treated several that have managed to live a little beyond three years of age. Your daughter can expect her hamster to live for another four to six months.

There are several diseases that are linked to ageing. Heart failure is not uncommon and there may be thrombosis associated with the heart valves. If your hamster is affected by this, then they will begin to slow down and may spend a lot of time sleeping.

A very common disease seen in older hamsters is demodicosis. Hamsters often carry parasitic mites but when the immune system begins to decline with age these mites multiply causing the hair to fall out.

Baldness, especially along the trunk, is usually a warning sign. The mite infestation can be treated but affected hamsters are at risk of any infection.

Teething problems are likely to develop in old hamsters and symptoms include drooling and diffi culty eating but this is usually easily treated. Older hamsters are also susceptible to skin tumours and these might manifest as lumps and hair loss.

David Grant MBE was a vet at the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital for Animals. Write to him at Express Yourself, 10 Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6EN. He is unable to enter into individual correspondence.
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I just saw something about a hamster called Hamlet which is such an awesome name for a hamster 😂

What names have you given your hamsters, do you have a particular theme for hamster names?
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