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…

Thoughts on Starting Showing

I entered my first hamster show with some trepidation, but secretly hoping my hamster would be the best; I’d read the standard and couldn’t see much difference between that and my little Sparky. She was bottom of the show with 62.5 points and a ‘please see judge’ on her pen label! I got some good kind…

Travels with Hamsters

My small furries and I have travelled many miles over the years. Our shortest journeys are the 15 minutes or so to the vet surgery; the longest has been between Holland and Southampton via Dover. How I keep the hamsters safe and comfortable on their journeys is similar regardless of number or distance. Often the vet trips…

Industrial Hamster Education!

On the day after the Andover show, the hamsters and I were out and about again. We went with Doric Hamstery to the Bursledon Brickwork Museum in Hampshire to put on an educational display on behalf of the Southern Hamster Club. The day’s theme was a country fair so the hamsters had been invited to…

Skin Splits in Chinese Hamsters

In recent months I’ve had several people asking me about cuts that have mysteriously appeared on the necks of their Chinese hamsters with no apparent cause. I thought I’d write something about them as they’re something I’ve encountered over the years and seem to be well known about by Chinese hamster owners, although not much…

A Challenging Weekend

This weekend has been tough – and expensive! Zuli, one of my Chinese hamster girls, was due to have her second and final litter earlier in the week. She’d grown round and then hidden away in her nest as is usual for my Chinese hamster mums. On Friday she left her nest partly open and…

Welcome

Thank you for visiting the new Vectis blog. I love my small furries and enjoy sharing that with others. I hope this blog can be another place to connect with hamster fans.