What My Hamster Must Be Thinking

The Hamster Whisperer

OK, I am really not a hamster whisperer. I don't exactly know what my hamster, Bella, is thinking. I know what she likes: eating, chewing, escaping, running, planning her next escape, hiding in shoes, searching for food, and climbing. However, what she is thinking is purely a mystery to me.

I do believe I have some ideas. After all, we've been living together for over two years and I feel like I have gotten to know her. I assume, in some ways, she must feel the same way about me. So although I cannot tell you exactly what she is thinking, I can imagine.

So, as I look at my hamster's cage (which I really need to clean, but I am procrastinating by writing this instead), I believe I know some of her thoughts.

The Food Fairy Regularly Visits

Bella has no idea where her food comes from. She just knows she wakes up each evening and there is new food sitting there. I know she realizes I put it in her cage, but other than that, she has no knowledge of her food and how it came to exist in her cage. For all she knows, it just falls out the sky. She probably assumes it just arrives from nowhere. Perhaps she doesn't care at all... she just wants her food.

Got To Keep The Wheel Spinning!

Apparently, the wheel must keep spinning at night. It is OK to rest every now and then, but it is important to keep the wheel spinning whenever possible. Running is essential for a hamster and only a slacker stops running in the wheel. Even better, the best hamsters add loud items to the wheel like wood chips or food to make it sound louder throughout the night. Silent wheels will not be tolerated in the hamster world!

The Box With Moving Pictures Must Be Important

No matter where Bella goes, there is always a TV. I have one in my livingroom and even two in my bedroom. On the rare occasion Bella gets to go on a trip, she sees televisions in every home. She must believe this is something of great importance. After all, people stop to stare at it no matter where they go. There is even a little remote control that goes along with it. Obviously, important and intelligent matters must be discussed in this box. Why else would people ever spend so much time with it?

If It's Broke, It Will Be Replaced

No matter what Bella breaks, she knows she will get a new one. Usually she will not only get a nice replacement, she will something even better than she had before she destroyed it. Chew through a hamster house? Get a better hamster house. Break a wheel? Get a bigger wheel. It doesn't matter. In some ways, it must be really nice to be a hamster. As long as Bella is happy, so is everyone else.

Whenever Possible, Attempt Your Escape

In the hamster world, a cage is really a prison. This is why you will sometimes see hamsters gazing off and doing nothing. They are plotting their escape. When they are not plotting, they are attempting to escape. In their minds, the world outside the cage is ever so much better than the world in the cage. If only they knew!

I believe if my hamster were to share any thoughts with other hamsters out there (as if a hamster is reading this... or really, as if anyone at all is still reading this), she would say, "Never give up! One day, the cage door will be left open by accident. One day, the door on the hamster ball will become unlatched. Yes, one glorious day, it will happen for you, just as it has happened for me several times. When that day comes, leap out while you have the opportunity; find the first pair of cute shoes you see and crawl on in there!"

The Moods Change According To Days

Bella must wonder why I even bother leaving the apartment Monday through Friday. She just knows I leave unhappy, and I return exhausted or angry. Sometimes she even watches me before I leave in the morning, and I could swear I see pity in her eyes. Bella knows I go out on the weekend and return a happier person with bags or friends. I am sure she wonders why I don't go to the happy place more than the bad place. The more and more I think about it, the more I wonder that, too. Maybe hamsters have the right idea, after all.

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seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

Hi Jeannie, I used to have hamsters too. They were really adorable. They too loved spinning the wheel just like your hamster Bella! I could always hear the wheel spinning nonstop at night. Shortly after they're gone, I could still hear the wheel spinning at night. Is that a phantom or something. LOL. It's just so nice to look at the hamsters, they always look so happy.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

This was awesome! I really enjoyed reading this. I had a little hamster too when I was a kid then, we gave it away because we got a dog - they would not have been friends.

I think that perhaps finding a job which you will be happy to wake-up to, might help. I wish you luck with that and all the best to you and Bella! Cheers.


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Our late hamster used to escape, too. One morning, when my dad was about to enter the bathroom, something ran towards him and kissed his foot. He was surprised and was about to step on it. Thank God he realized that it was a hamster. After several minutes of running around the house, my dad finally caught the hamster and put it back in its cage. Since then, we would always look down when we walk around the house to avoid stepping on a hamster that might had escaped.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

seriousnuts - Yes, hamsters certainly love the wheel. I had a little dwarf hamster a few years ago and after she died, I could have sworn I heard her at night, too. Thank you for commenting and sharing.

Mr. Happy - I am glad you enjoyed the hub. I thought maybe I would be the only person amused by it. Well, of course, my hamster would like it if she could read. I agree with you - I need to find a place to work where I can be happy. I just haven't found it yet. Thanks for the comment.

cheerfulnuts - I also have to look on the floor whenever walking at night. Bella has escaped quite a few times. I do have to be careful when I put my shoes on, too. She likes the hide in shoes! Thank you for your comment.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

This hub is too cute!!!! I wonder what my bunny thinks at times. Lol


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you! Oh, you have a bunny? I love rabbits, too, but I've never owned one. My grandmother used to have rabbits.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Our bunny's name is Cupcake (my granddaughter named her). She's very smart. Let's me know when she's hungry or if I forgot to give her a carrot by scratching at her cage. Very well behaved.

I did have hamsters back in the day, they were fun! :)


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Aw, your bunny sounds so cute and smart! What an adorable name, too.


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nycgrl 5 years ago from New York

Yet another thing we have in common. I was a hamster owner myself except mine was a boy and his name was Bubbles. He sadly died a few years back but he and I had some fun adventures. I would perch him on my shoulder and walk about my apartment with him which was always fun. I think his thoughts were probably same as Bella. Bubbles also escaped a few times but his favorite place was under my bed in the darkness. I love hamster hubs, voted up!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi jeannieinabottle I love Bellas thoughts on your weekdays and weekends! so funny!!!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

nycgirl - I did not know you had a hamster. I am sorry he passed away. I had a betta fish named Bubbles who passed away about a while back, too. Hamsters are such adorable animals. I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

Movie Master - Thank you for the comment. I am sure Bella must know the difference between weekdays and weekends at this point. She knows it is a happier place on the weekends. Of course, it is quieter during the weekdays for her, so maybe she is happier then.


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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Funny hub, I do not have a hamster, but I can tell you have been studying your hamster very closely. Voted up and funny. Keep up the great hubbing.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, one might say I probably spend too much time studying my hamster. Thanks for the votes!


Emma 5 years ago

Omg, that's a twin of my hamster:o


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Aww, then your hamster must be really adorable! Thank you for the comment.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Bella sounds quite intuitive - she knows you very well doesn't she? The hamster wheel comment made me smile - I stayed with a friend who left the hamster in the bedroom with me. The blummin' thing was on and off that wheel all night long. At one point I yelled "knock it off, you little b***ard" but it didn't :o) I should have gotten to know it a bit better - built up a relationship with it......nah!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Very funny. I sometimes wonder what my pets think about things like where their food comes from. I know my dog understands because I sometimes I take her to the drive-thru at the coffee shop where they hand out dog biscuits. So she knows all you need to do is drive up to a window and they hand you stuff. But the cats haven't a clue about all of that. Maybe I need to take them for a drive.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

Your hamster is really having an exciting life. Thanks for sharing.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This reminds me of Stephanie Plum and her hamster, Rex! He's pretty much her roommate and eats all of her food.

It also reminds me of my cousins' ill fated attempt at having a pet when we were little. That thing escaped and we finally found it dead of natural causes in the backyard. Nevertheless, they never got another pet.

It must be nice to have a food fairy who sometimes disappears in a huff but comes back happy. Hamsters may be right after all!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Jools99 - Hahaha... I have a friend that stays over and the hamster drives her nuts, too. Even if I move the hamster cage to a different room, she can still hear her. I think hamsters believe running on the wheel is charming and all humans enjoy watching them perform. I will admit, I always let my hamster think her running is cute and compliment her. That is probably why she can't understand why guests don't find it endearing. :-) Thanks for the comment!

DeborahNeyens - You go to a place that serves dog biscuits through the drive thru? That is awesome! I don't even have a dog, but I want to go there. Yeah, it might help if you took the cats for a drive to PetSmart to show them where the food comes from. Thanks for the comment!

ignugent17 - I certainly hope so. I try to make each day a happy one for my hamsters. :-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

Alecia Murphy - You are not the first person to mention Stephanie Plum and Rex. I have to read these books! My hamster is also like a roommate and have fairly conversational discussions with her. Unfortunately, Bella, who is discussed in this hub, passed away. I have Mimi now, but she seriously watches me when I talk to her like she knows what I am saying. Sigh. I wish I had a food fairy like my hamster! ;-) Thanks for the comment!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

My kids all had hamsters at one time or another. One of my daughters would put her Hamster on the ceiling fan and turn it on the lowest setting. That little rascal would ride around and around on the fan until she stopped it and got him down!

I always wished we could buy a wheel that didn't squeak.

I voted this Hub UP, will share all over.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Wow, what a daredevil hamster! I am amazed he could stay on. There are silent wheels out there, but some hamsters don't like them as much. They glide along so fast, sometimes it sends them flying. Right now, my hamster has a regular plastic wheel. I am comforted by the sounds of the squeak, so I don't mind it. Thanks so much for the vote up and for sharing!


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crissytsu 4 years ago from Texas

I wonder what my hamster was thinking when he escaped and lived in my dressers eating holes in my clothes and pooping in my drawers for a while...revenge maybe? LOL


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Hahaha! Your hamster was thinking, "Freedom at last!" And maybe... "These clothes are tasty!" Thanks for your comment.

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