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Meet Minky the Hamster

Posted by yornma on November 3, 2012 in Animal Articles, Small Pets |

Meet Minky the Hamster

Who is Minky?

He is a Syrian Hamster.

Where is he from?

He’s from the United Kingdom. Very east of england in east angular, very close to great yarmouth beach.

How did you come into your mum’s life?

Mummy had a hamster before me she rescued and she died, mummy was coming just to see the baby hamsters and there i was, she asked to take a closer look as i seemed interested and then i was constantly trying to get to her, all my brothers were asleep but i wouldn’t go back to sleep i just kept trying to get to her so mummy went oh can i take him please, even when they closed the door to get a box ready i wouldn’t rest, mummy knew she’d been chosen, that was on april 14th 2012, and about 10 am to be exact 😀

Do you have any siblings that live with you?

sadly, no but there is a lot of cats that live in the area and to are friendly one even comes to see me sometimes

What are your favorite things to do/eat?

well i enjoy hamster chocolate drops and yogurt drops, and carrots they are my favorite foods, i have hamster mix which is seeds and bits of cereal like things every bag is different kind.

my favorite thing to do is run in my ball or wheel i can run for hours in there i enjoy being let free and running around the floor or bed for a while, that is always fun, i enjoy being handled and cuddled too, but best of all is my ball.

Why did your mum get a hamster?

mummy always has had hamsters at one point she had 5 at once she isn’t allowed cats or dogs hear and was told she could have a hamster so she had one, but she loves hamsters a lot.

Did your mum always like animals?

yes mummy has loved animals pretty much her whole life as long as she can remember she’s grown up with cats or dogs and at the age of 7 got her first hamster called coco who was a girl and coco colored hence the name 😀

Would you like to include any information for people who are considering owning hamsters?

Hamsters are one of the easiest and cheapest animals to keep they are good for children, they must be handled and got used
to human contact about 24 to 48 hours after they get home some can be handled sooner or will want to be, they
often use sawdust as bedding and a kind of paper towel for bedding as they will put it into there pouch to move it,
they have hamster mix you can buy for food and there is different prices depending on where you go, you can then buy extra
treats such as yogurt drops and there is some pretty extravagant ones and same with the toys, but a simple wheel and few treats is fine
they need to be cleaned at least once a week if they smell than it maybe every 5 days, they need fresh clean water in hot weather
every day in cool weather 2 or 3 days unless they drink it before then, and with syrians they MUST NOT be kept in pairs in the cage
as they will fight and kill, they are solitary animals however two cages next to each other but far away so they cant get each other is
absolutely ok most will even love that. there cage ideally is a large one some of the smaller cheaper cages out there will not be enough
to keep the hamster occupied and like i did they could eat threw it, ideally one with tubes or lots of levels are good and you can put the food on levels too so they have to work for there food, hamsters in the wiled can run 4 to 10 miles a night to get food, so must have a ball or wheel and thats why its good to have a multi story cage or one with tubes and different places to go, however a small one is ok and but will need lots of time in a ball and a good working wheel, one person i saw on from a google search attached a pedometer to her hamsters over sized wheel and it showed he ran 600 miles or more in just one week, so exercise is a must. a monthly cost to keep a hamster is about £10 unless you want to spend more and get a variety of treats and other items for them, other than that their easy to keep easy to love.

Hamster Related Articles & Fun Facts:

(Facts taken from http://hamsterfacts.org/)

Facts #1 – Hamsters Are Actually A Kind Of Rodent
Did you know that hamsters are actually part of the rodent family? Yes, this means that you cute little friend is actually the cousin of the little rat. ( it says pesky rat but domesticated ones are lovely sweet animals )
Facts #2 – Hamsters Can Live Anywhere Between 2-4 Years
The lifespan of a hamster very much depends on it’s breed. Dwarf hamsters usually live between 2-3 years. While the larger breeds can sometimes live till a ripe old age of 4 years.
Syrians can live from 2 years up mummy had some that lived 6 years or more.

(More facts taken from http://www.hamsterfacts.net/ )

  • -The hamster gets its name from a German word for storing food.
  •  -Hamsters are colorblind
  • -Syrian (also known as Golden, Fancy, or Teddy Bear)
  • -Hamsters can remember their relatives.
  • -Hamsters can be taught how to come by name more mummy didn’t know
  • -Hamster burrows can be as deep as 1.5 m (5 ft) below the ground
  • -A human year for a hamster is 25 hamster years. ( so you can see why 2 years is good for a hamster and mumys that lived 6 human years were 150 in hamster years thats old )
  • -Hamsters can eat almost anything
  • -Hamsters are great escape artists ( true mummy had one escape luckily pepsi the dog alerted mummy to her,) more mummy didnt know
  • -Hamsters can drink milk as long as it doesn’t go sour
  • -Male hamsters are called Bucks and females Does (as with deers, goats, rabbit & other animals)
  • -Hamsters can only see up to six inches in front of them.
  • -Hamsters are nocturnal meaning they sleep during the day and are active during the night.
  • -In the wild, hamsters will line their tunnels with grasses and wool or hair shed from other animals to help maintain a fairly constant temperature in their burrow (often around 60°F), no matter the outside temperature.

A great place for first time hamster owners
http://www.smallanimaladvice.com/hamsters.php

Another place to find hamster information
http://www.smallanimalchannel.com/hamsters/default.aspx

Here’s a good one for anyone near an ASPCA
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/small-pet-care/hamster-care.aspx
It breaks down the cost of owning a hamster yearly.

Two links about hamsters and heat

http://hamster.etla.org/web/toohot.html

http://www.hammysworld.com/index.php?p=cool

Happy Hamsters
http://www.wikihow.com/Play-With-a-Hamster
http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-a-Happy-Hamster

All about feeding hamsters
http://www.pethamsters.co.uk/foods.html
http://www.smallanimaladvice.com/what_do_hamsters_eat.php
http://www.southernhamsterclub.co.uk/new/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=71
http://www.hamsterific.com/nutrition.cfm

Author’s Note:
The author would like to thank Minky Honour and his mum for answering my endless questions about him and wanting to know more about hamsters. All pictures were used with permission. 
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