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…

Hamster Recycling

Once upon a time I bought lots of expensive hamster toys – and the hamsters ignored most of them; they preferred the boxes the toys came in! You don’t have to spend a fortune providing enrichment for your hamster’s environment. Recycling common household items can provide hours of fun for a hammy, and they’re easily…

On Hamster Wheels

Choosing and furnishing your hamster’s cage can seem like an impossible task, with conflicting advice often offered on the internet with a high degree of certainty: “all hamsters MUST have…”, “You should NEVER…”etc.  After keeping hundreds of hamsters, the only certainty I’ve found is that there’s always going to be a hamster that goes against…

A Ham for All Seasons

It’s been busy in non-hamster life here at Casa Vectis recently, so apologies for another belated blog post; playing with baby hamsters is hard to resist! Each year has it’s pattern in the hamster room. Even though the hamsters are kept indoors with heating and a light on a timer in Winter, and air conditioning…