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…

Hamster First Aid Kit

I was tidying through my ‘hamster health’ drawers today and it got me thinking about hamster first aid kits. They can be as big or as small as you want and need. With 53 cages of small furries, I have 2 drawers of health supplies  and another drawer of wet food and supplements. As a…

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…