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Offline Mouse

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Tell me everything you know...
« on: September 03, 2006, 12:18:41 PM »
about hamsters. O.o;.

It's one of the few fuzzy creatures I've never owned, and since all I have at my dad's house is a fishie (named Mushy!) I wanted something here, too. We talked about reptiles and amphibians and birds and blah blah blah, but we think something small and furry is preferrable, and hamsters don't seem to crave attention as much as a rat so it'd be best here because my dad isn't home a lot when I'm not here.

So! Since I've never owned one of these fuzzy things I am just looking for some information from people that have owned them and can tell me how to give one the best possible EVERYTHING. Best possible diet, best possible housing, etc, etc. I'm going to pick up supplies and everything before I get the hamster so I'll be prepared.

Thanks in advance. :D

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Tell me everything you know...
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2006, 12:58:41 PM »
Both of my sons had gerbils and hamsters at different times, Jaser.

After a while I learned that I only wanted either gay or lesbian pairs because we were getting too many darn litters and let me tell you, they're not easy to give away. It was fun at first having new litters because they are so tiny and totally unfurry at first, but change very quickly into lovable little furballs.
They also would get busy sometimes at working the latches on the door to t he cage so we had to get serious about tying them closed. Sometimes we used a tank with a top on it and had the treadmill in there. There are very elaborate cages with all kinds of things for them to run and hide in which they loved. We tried them all because both Ben & Abe loved having them around. Those critters are great at nesting and loved having some rag to chew up and make into a nest. They also piss an incredible amount and I usually ended up having to clean 'em out. 
 
Both of my guys had amazing luck with taming them. I think it was hamster that my son Ben had wihich would lay down on its back in his lap when he stroked it's stomach. That was Fluffy. 

Just as a warning though -- their life cycle is on the short side -- not much over a year -- and when they go they go very quickly. We shed a lot of tears over some of the favorites when they went.

We also got used to a lot of running at night in the treadmill since they're nocturnal.

End of hamster & gerbil report for today.

Have fun whichever you end up with.
Andy Velez

Offline cjc

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Re: Tell me everything you know...
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2006, 01:07:51 PM »
Hamster's Bite. That covers my information about them. My  Oldest son, who is now 17, had a Siberian hamster and it was very cute. It sniffed my finger then grabbed it with both it's tiny hands and chomped my finger. Then to add insult to injury, the bite got infected. Good luck with if you decide to get one . I know you will take good care of it but watch out, they bite.   Cristy

Offline ademas

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Re: Tell me everything you know...
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2006, 01:21:35 PM »
If they're anything like guinea pigs, they taste like chicken, but more oily.
xox

Offline Alain

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Re: Tell me everything you know...
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2006, 03:23:49 PM »
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« Last Edit: November 03, 2006, 09:46:13 PM by cowandalehouse »

Offline IzPoz

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Re: Tell me everything you know...
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2006, 11:47:20 PM »
If they're anything like guinea pigs, they taste like chicken, but more oily.
xox


LOL I'm gonna cry...

I have a guinea pig... Her name is Missy, and very spoiled!
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Offline fearless

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Re: Tell me everything you know...
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2006, 12:05:36 AM »
Jaser,

send Matt (Cubbybear, I think his new handle is. aka Archon, from Melbourne Aus) - he keeps hamsters. I think he may even show them. remember the pictures he posted of his long haired ones?
Be forgiving, be grateful, be optimistic

Offline newt

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Re: Tell me everything you know...
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2006, 02:45:06 AM »
One word, Russian

Russian Hamsters are cooler and smaller
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Offline DanielMark

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Re: Tell me everything you know...
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2006, 05:40:46 PM »
Hamsters bite! They will also pee on your hand and poop on your pillow.

Oh, and they will also throw sunflower seeds out of their cage and make a horrible mess of your floor.  :-*  ;D

Daniel
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DIAGNOSED IN 1988

 


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