Thinking Food: Treats

After I wrote a previous blog on food, I was asked several questions about hamster treats. I’ve dusted off my poor neglected blog to share my responses. The main part of a hamster’s diet should be a good quality hamster mix. Treats and extras should be just a small part of the diet. There are…

Use of Selamectin in Duprasi

Recently the small furries at Vectis have needed to be treated for mites. I wanted to share the treatment that the duprasi had. I asked my vet about using selamectin instead of the more common ivermectin as it requires less frequent dosing (and therefore cleaning), although it is significantly more expensive. Mites (Cheyletiella sp.) were…

Thinking Food: Christmas Leftovers

The Christmas festivities are over and it’s time to eat up the food that’s left. Here at Vectis, the hamsters are happy to help prevent waste! In the interest of making sure that other hammies out there get their share too, here are some tips for feeding Christmas leftovers.   Leftovers should be as fresh…

Thinking Food: Hamster Mixes

This week I’ve been making up more hamster food. I find swirling my hands through a big box of mix and seeds calming and it left my mind to wander down the twisty turny avenues of hamster food discussions. Hamster food can cause heated debate, second only to the subject of hamster cages in its…

Unusual Hamster Toys

I’ve found that toys marketed for hamsters are often too small and the range can be quite limited. You don’t have to restrict your search for safe long-lasting enrichment for your hammies. I’ve found lovely things aimed at other species, and in DIY, home decor, kitchen and charity shops. As well as having reusable, clean-able…

Judges Notes Abbreviations

When you start showing hamsters it can seem like you’re learning a new language. This is never more evident than when you’re looking at the judge’s comment sheets at the end of the day and are faced with lots of abbreviations. What do they all mean? I’ve written a list of some of the most common…

Mending Holes in Cages

An inconvenient hole in a hamster cage doesn’t need to end that cage’s use. Most holes can be repaired and the cage go on for many more years of use. I have used several techniques for fixing holes in cages, both for holes chewed by hamsters and also holes created by manufacturers (in some cases…

Choosing Your Syrian Hamster Show Classes

Choosing which classes to enter a Syrian hamster into for the main show can be confusing; there are so many different fur types, colours and combinations! When you’re looking at the show schedule, how do you know which classes to pick? Asking yourself a series of questions can make it a little easier. The show…

The Surprise Rodent: Pets as Presents

Four years ago I made the poster that’s the picture at the top of the post: “pets aren’t presents”. I’ve shared it on my Facebook page, often around Christmas, and have had mostly positive feedback, but have at times had comments from people who have bought hamsters as presents – from me. So, I’ve rehomed hamsters to…

Christmas Presents for Hamsters

So, what are you getting your hammies for Christmas? The pet shops are full of festive toys and treats for our small furries and it’s tempting to spend a small fortune. There are, however, much cheaper options and even free ones that hammies enjoy just as much as the expensive stuff. After all, not everyone…

Making a Hamster Play Pen

The play pens that you can buy in the shops usually take a hamster a split second to figure out how to clamber up and over. A few months ago I came across an easy way of making a better play pen on this forum. I thought I’d try it out and share what I’d made…

Cleaning Cages

I first cleaned out a hamster over 20 years ago. With just a few pet care books available at the library I had to work out how to clean him out myself. Perhaps that’s why I was a little surprised to find there are now many webpages and videos devoted to ‘how to’ guides on cleaning a hamster…