The Secret Life of a Show Secretary

AKA How to Write the Perfect Show Entry Email Today I was show secretary at the Midland Hamster Club’s Cardiff show. It’s the third show I’ve volunteered to be show sec this year (and I have three more still to do before 2017 arrives). As you can tell, I enjoy being show secretary! The show sec…

Hamsters in the Heat

Hamsters can find hot weather difficult to cope with. Although they are desert animals, in the wild they would not be up and about in the day, but would be tucked up far below ground in their burrows only coming out when it’s cooler. In our homes they don’t have the chance to escape the…

Caring for Hamsters after Surgery

Vet care is improving and hamsters are increasingly being offered, and surviving, surgery. From abscess drainage to ovariohysterectomy (spay), I’ve looked after hamsters following a variety of operations. Each type of surgery will have its own care challenges, but the basics are the same. Before the Surgery Hamsters can eat and drink as normal before the…

Dooplication Difficulties

Over the last week it’s been my doops who have been causing the most trouble here (apart from a cheeky escaped Syrian hamster who was recaptured as soon as it got dark and he came out of hiding). Before I carry on, I’d better explain what doops are as several people have asked when I mentioned…