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RIP Izzie [12 Apr 2009|03:08pm]

Sorry I haven't posted here in a while. I thought I'd update for those who don't watch hamsters...

Sadly, Izzie passed away at 4:20am the morning of March 26th...
I had just booked an appointment for the Saturday to put her to sleep the day before since she hadn't been doing well for a while...

Izzie Behr
approx: May 1st, 2007 - March 26th, 2009

Huge picture spam of my sweet girl...Collapse )
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My hamster died. [12 Jan 2009|08:16pm]

RIP little friend!

September 2007 - January 12, 2009
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[09 Jan 2009|11:37pm]

I posted several weeks ago about my hamster making squeaking noises while she slept.

I honestly thought that this was not something to be concerned about at first, as she is a rather vocal hamster.  The squeaking noise continued off and on for a week or two, but it was never consistent and it never got out of hand.  I monitored it, and it didn't seem like anything remarkable so I wasn't too worried.

Unfortunately, what I stupidly mistook for a little bit of squeaking while she was sleeping developed into a respiratory infection.  Her quality of life has diminished significantly, and I'm now facing the possibility of having her put down.

My question is can normal veterenarians do this, or should I find a small animal vet?  I took her to a "small animal vet" once before when she appeared to have irritated skin (which I thought were mites), they ran a $150 test for fungus and sent her home with medicated DOG SHAMPOO and told me to give her a bath.

My other question is how much will it cost?  I don't care if I have to pay $100 to put down my $8 hamster, I just want to know what to expect so I can make the necessary transfers in my bank account.

I feel bad, like I failed her or something as an owner.  She's a very sweet little hamster, and I feel so bad that I didn't catch this sooner.
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Virginia Breeders? [01 Dec 2008|02:40pm]

I'm planning to adopt a Syrian hamster for my daughter for Christmas.  I'd much prefer (based on researching online) to get one from a breeder rather than a pet store, but I can't find any breeders in my area.  I'm in Virginia, near DC.  I'd be willing to travel as far south as Richmond, VA to pick up a hamster from a breeder.  Do any of you know of any?

Thank you.
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Hamster with a cold? [26 Nov 2008|02:02am]

Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but my hamster has been making weird squeaking noises lately when she's sleeping.  It's happened before and it usually goes away.  Is it possible that my hamster could have a cold?  There is no discarge around the eyes/nose, and she has been eating and drinking, so I'm not too worried yet.

I usually turn my fan on at night (more for the noise than it cooling the air), but I am very careful to cover my hamster's cage so she isn't exposed to drafts.  I know hamsters can catch human colds, but I haven't been sick for months.

Anyway, I gave her a honey treat and she seems to be enjoying that at the moment.  Any advice would be appreciated.  Thank you.
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This may be a retarded question, however... [18 Sep 2008|08:58pm]

I understand that you cannot use cedar or pine bedding for hamsters, because there are chemicals in both that react to a hamster's urine and create phenols (toxic!).

Here's the story:
I have a flea problem in my house. It is localized to the living room, however I'm taking precautions since my cat and dog both have been coming into my room to snoop around lately. I did not want to use chemical insecticides in my room, since I don't think it's necessary and I wouldn't be able to clear both myself and my hamster from the area while it dried. Earlier tonight, I vacuumed it really well (behind all of my furniture, along the baseboards, pretty much everywhere), and misted an herbal flea spray (it's not an insecticide, it's just a repellent) on the floor and wall area where my hamster's cage is, underneath and on the back of my couch, underneath my couch cushions, and on the closet floor. The flea spray consists of 32% rosemary oil and 32% cedar oil, so now my room smells like a forest.

My question is this:
Will the cedar fumes (not from bedding, from the repellent I sprayed some places in my room...NOT IN HER CAGE) be harmful to my hamster, since they are airborne rather than coming from her bedding? She can't pee on them....so I'm assuming it's ok.

I use Carefresh bedding, and I just changed it a few days ago. I was very careful not to spray any of the repellent while her cage was anywhere near me. I threw the rest of her bag of Carefresh away (there wasn't much left) as a precaution in case it served as a flea breeding ground. I plan on purchasing more tomorrow while I'm at work (I work at a pet store) and cleaning her cage again tomorrow. My room right now is very well ventilated. Both fans are on (ceiling and standing fan), and both of my windows are open. The forest smell seems to be clearing up, although no doubt there will be a little residual for at least a couple of days.

Thank you for reading.
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[27 Aug 2008|09:11pm]

My newest hamster, Kuma (bear)

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[03 Aug 2008|10:41am]

[ mood | curious ]

This is BlackJack! We call him B.J. :)

what a ham!Collapse )

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pic spam! [21 Jul 2008|10:39pm]

[ mood | blah ]

I had a "photohoot" with Sirius a couple of days ago :].

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I decided that my hamster needed a play area while cleaning his cage so.. I came up with this: [19 Jul 2008|09:20pm]
It's a 93 quart storage bin .. if anybody wanted to know the size.. I need to be more creative and come up with more stuff for him to do but he seems to love it =]
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now thinking hamster is constipated? [10 Jul 2008|12:08am]

Hi, I posted a few days ago about my hamster having red skin. Thank you for all of your helpful replies. I have been mindful of your advice, and am in the process of changing my hamster's food.

I am now thinking that my hamster may be constipated. There isn't as much poop lying around her cage as there usually is three days after I clean it. It doesn't look like she's urinated very much, either.

It doesn't appear that she has drank much water, but she has been eating her usual amount. I know not enough water can cause dehydration, so I tried to stick the water bottle near her mouth today and prompt her to drink, but she didn't seem to want to. I gave her a few small carrots and pieces of broccoli in hopes that she will attain water from eating those, and they will help clean out her digestive tract, but I am at a loss for what to do!

I think I read somewhere to give her children's unflavored pedialyte, or mix honey in to her water, but I can't find that source again, and I'm not sure how much of either to give her or even how to give it to her. Any help would be appreciated.
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hamster with red skin [07 Jul 2008|10:19pm]

I have a 9 month old black syrian hamster with skin problems.

Her skin is red and inflamed looking, but there doesn't appear to be any flaking or hair loss. She also doesn't seem to be any itchier than she normally is (she has always liked to rub against the bars on the side of her cage ever since I got her). She has been sneezing a little more than usual, and she's started sleeping outside of her hut in the corner of her cage (although that could be because of the hot weather we've been having). She hasn't been irritable, and I don't think she's more lethargic. She sleeps a lot normally anyway, so I'm not sure.

I took her to the vet, and they did a skin scrape which came back negative for mites or infection. They also did a fungal test, and the results from that should come back some time next week.

The vet suggested that she has allergies to something, but I've been using the same food for a while. She just developed the red skin recently, so I'm not sure if it could be allergies. The vet also gave me some antimicrobial shampoo and said I should give her a bath to relieve whatever discomfort she may have because of the inflamed skin.

I want to get rid of whatever is affecting my hamster more than anything, but I don't think giving her a bath will be the answer. I am very hesitant to, because I know it strips their coats of oils and puts them at high risk to develop infections like wet tail, which could kill them. Does anyone have any idea of what might be wrong with her, and if it is causing her significant discomfort or if it could kill her?
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[07 Jul 2008|10:03pm]

"Time to come out Izzie!" And this is the response I get... :) (That's her temp cage she hangs out in while I clean her cage)

Picture spam of my cute syrian hamster! :)Collapse )
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[29 Jun 2008|02:05pm]

Hello there! I'm kinda new here and I have a syrian hamster (wich I only figured out he s a syrian when I entered the other community) name Ramael, he's 4 months old, a little scared, a little clumsy(actually he's the Klutz King), but he's cute and I think he's starting to like me ^^
Oh by the way, my names is Carol ^^

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new cage setup plus new pictures of salem. [20 Jun 2008|01:20am]
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Rest in Peace. [05 May 2008|10:24pm]

[ mood | drained ]

My baby, Fatty McFatFat passed away tonight of old age. She was 2 1/2. I know she knows she was loved. I know that no one would have ever loved her the way I did... and I know she appreciated being rescued by me.

In the year and a half I had her, I could always count on her to cheer me up. She always listened and never judged, which is what I need. I have been expecting her death for a while now, but I never let that deter me from holding her and staying close, when I could have just backed away to spare my feelings.

I feel so weird to be saying this about a hamster. She was my first hamster, and I couldn't have asked for a better one. I am truly devastated that she is gone, but I will remember that there was nothing I could do... and that she wouldn't have lived so long if she wasn't happy with me.

At 25 years old, I never thought I could cry so hard over an animal. I hope that I'm not weird.

I will bury her tomorrow... with a new Canna Lily bulb... because I think she would have enjoyed it.

Here's a picture. Rest in Peace, Fatty.

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Photo post! [28 Apr 2008|08:48pm]

[ mood | jubilant ]

Whee! My hubby took some photos of my fat hamster Billy running about on my lap the other day! Please excuse my unwashed manky hair and messy flat etc.. he thoughtfully cut my face off though :P

Enjoyphotos under cut!Collapse )
See what I mean? He's HUUUGE! Even for a syrian! We think he has delusions of growing a longer tail and pretending to be a rat :)

*proud hammy mummy*


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Cross Posted... lethargic and cold :( [13 Apr 2008|08:36pm]

[ mood | worried ]

I'm a bit worried about my Billy hamster. He's been a bit letharigic lately, and also I got him out earlier as I'd not seen him about all day, and he was a lot colder than he should be despite being curled up tight in his fluffy bedding... Poor soul. He wasn't icy, he was just cooler than he normally is when I get him up. He still uncurled and said hello and snuffled me, but I put him back to keep warm and he's not moved again. Normally when I put him back he has a wander and a wee or some food then goes back to bed, but he stayed in the bed where I put him.

I know he's 1 now, and the average age for a Syrian is 1 year- 18 months but I don't want him to die :( Hopefully he'll bounce back.

I don't know what else I can do. The ambient house temperature is high enough, there's no draft on him and his cage is near the back of the fridge where it's always been so he has heat from the back of it. It's a big cage so he can move to the other end (through tunnels) if he's too warm. He has lots of bedding. I don't see why he would be cold.

I'm worried as yesterday he spent most of the day all flat and sleepy then had a mad, out of character run around in his wheel and seemed really busy, and now this today. I know animals often have a last burst of energy on their way out...

I'm going to be scared to open the cage again now in case he's gone...


At 7am today I opened his cage filled with dread, and bless his soul he was quite perky and came out for a cuddle and when he went back, he snuffled around and moved some food like his old self. Hubby has told be not to get too excited just in case, and not to open the cage again until he's home from work, but I was elated this morning to see him being Billy for a bit.

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[30 Mar 2008|12:37am]

IzzieCollapse )

Climbed out right onto my hand... :)
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Hello from Antonia & Azalia [24 Mar 2008|03:24pm]
Hello all - I will soon post a piccie of Azalia.
I am 38 & love hamsters - I have a dark golden syrian female called azalia who is lovely & adventurous.
she weighs 5.25 ozs & is very fight.
she likes egg, pasta, rice & cheese & milk & cereal.
Does your hamster like interesting foods?
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