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…

Hamsters and Fireworks

The fireworks season started over a week ago here, and with Bonfire Night on Saturday I expect the weekend to get even louder. Although dogs, horses and other animals can find fireworks terrifying, hamsters rarely are bothered by them. My hamsters can be found going about their normal hamster business throughout even the loudest outdoor noises. The…

Who’s Who (part 2): Club Roles

October and November are when the Northern, Southern and Midland Hamster Clubs hold their Annual General Meetings (AGMs). Attending the meeting (which is held at a show) is a good way of finding out more about the running of your club, and you won’t get volunteered for anything if you really don’t want to be!…

Who’s Who (part 1): Hamster Shows

A hamster show can seem a confusing place where everyone (apart from you) appears to be busy with a job. Often the same people are doing the jobs each show; volunteers are welcomed to help spread the work, especially new volunteers who are keen to get more involved with their shows and club. There are lots…

What’s in a Name?

I’d be the first to admit that I’m a bit of a pedant; seeing someone writing about their ‘cute furies’ makes me wince (while also conjuring some interesting mental images). Using unusual non-standard terms to describe hamster colours or fur types is a particular pet peeve of mine. Thankfully my favourite species, the Chinese hamster, is…