Our lil' hammy...tell your tales here...
October 6, 2006 1:11pm CST
Ok so a while ago I had a thought. Yeah; I know amazing! I thought it would be fun for my kids to have a kid friendly pet. A pocket pet so to speak. One that they were completely responsible for and had to take care of. At first, we looked around and asked the vet what might suit them and once ready, my kids decided on a hamster. I researched them and found them to be adorable little things(who knew there were so many different ones) and thought it a good idea. So, we stumble into the pet store and around 75 dollars later, arms full, stumble back out again with everything needed and a new teddy bear hamster my kids decided to name Poncho. For the first few months I was able to teach them how to properly care for him/her(who knows) and then they got the hang of it and did it alone. They love this thing and I think it is cute as well. It runs around interconnected cages and in a hammy ball all around the house and seems to really enjoy itself. However, in some twisted way the thing creeps me out now. I went to feed the darn thing and as I reached my arm in the cage it ran up and took a chunk out of my thumb. First I thought it was just because the poor thing was hungry and then I thought maybe it felt threatened. I couldn't help jerking my hand back and spilling the food all the while letting a few choice words slip out. It just sat there staring at me with it's beady lil' eyes. To me, it almost seemed it knew and was laughing inside at me. I left the room and it alone. I thought maybe it needed some time to stew. When the kids came home they ran in to see it and wanted to take it out in the hammy ball and I don't know why but I agreed. I told my daughter to be careful and as she walked into the room I walked into the restroom. Mid-stream I heard a scream and without thinking pulled up my pants and flung open the door to see my daughter's finger poking out with the darn thing attatched to it. I pulled it off, tossed it in the ball, and bandaged her. Calmed her and my son down and thought about it. Since when were they supposed to be so darn aggressive and why now? It never had been before? What had gotten into the stupid thing? Did it like the blood and just want more...I thought they were veggie eaters? At any rate needless to say we are all afraid to try to touch the darn rodent now.(notice he is now a rodent)What in the world do I do with this thing? How the heck am I gonna get it back in the cage? I have the urge to put it in the microwave and turn it on or take his lil' head and squeeze it till it pops off, maybe the blender would do the trick, because he hurt my baby. At the same, time I could never do something so very violent unless seriously provoked. Besides, it used to be so darn cute untill it started turning to the dark side.
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8 Oct 06
I never really hamsters could be so deadly! I only looked after my aunts every now and again I missed out on a hamster. My brother had one, they took it on holiday with them, and during the night it some-how got loose they were hunting for it the next days days and found it on the final day before they were leaving!
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4 Nov 06
Hamsters are such...weird creatures...on one hand they look so innocent, so cute, so adorable that you could never bear to do anything to them but to feed them with their favourite fruits and veggies. And then one fine day when you stick your hand in their little cage they punce on you and bite you for no reason at all! What goes on in that little head of theirs I wonder? But then again who could stay angry with hamsters, when like with any pet, they look at you the next day acting all cute and dewy eyed?
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10 Dec 06
That is the most adorable rodent I've ever seen! I can see why you could easily trust his cute little beady eyes ; ) Thanks a lot for sharing this story : ) Hamsters are like any small creature... they need to be handled often before they completely trust you and become hand-tamed. I would have suggested a rat because they are easier to handle and make great 'pocket pets' too. You do realize their life span is like 3 years though, right? Good Luck taming Poncho!
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8 Oct 06
Hamsters who are friendly and then suddenly bite are often "under the weather" or were startled. Now, it senses your fear so is as distrustful of you as you are of him. For now, act as if you just got him. Offer him pieces of carrot or treats with your hand for a few weeks. Then put it on your flat hand and let him crawl on your hand. Eventually, all will be forgotten and everyone will get along again. The other option would be to find him a new home. On a side note, we have owned many, many pets and one was a teddy bear hamster. We never could tame him though and he was the nastiest thing you ever saw. He ended up living out his life in solitary confinement in his cage as he bit everyone and could never be tamed. We never had any problems with the regular hamsters. After that, we switched to gerbils and we were never ever bitten by any of our gerbils. They are less tempermental. BTW, you can use the same cage set up for a gerbil that you use for a hamster...but with a gerbil, you should always have two. Just get 2 girls...boys might get into a power struggle ending up in one being killed. Good luck!