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How to Make Your Hamster Pose in Embarrassing Holiday Photos

Updated on October 14, 2012
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Jeannie has been writing online for over 8 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

Mimi the hamster in the basket.
Mimi the hamster in the basket. | Source

Hamster Holiday Photos

If you are like me, you like to include your pets in all holiday festivities. There is no such thing as a pet that does not want to celebrate the holidays. All pets like getting gifts. Even your fish enjoy watching the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree. So of course, your hamster should be included in the fun, too. Yes, your hamster secretly wants to celebrate the holidays with you! Your hamster just can't tell you that because your hamster can't talk. One of the many fun activities your hamster will want to do is pose for embarrassing holiday photos.

Yes, I know, your hamster might try to run away. Your hamster might even bite you. That is just your hamster's way of saying, "I am pretending I don't understand what is going on, but I am totally into it." After all, nothing says cute more than a hamster in an Easter basket. Seriously, a hamster is totally almost bunny-like. If someone with poor vision looks at your Easter photo, he or she is going to believe your hamster is a bunny. So let's get the fun-filled hamster holiday photo shoot going!

Mimi says, "Happy Halloween!"
Mimi says, "Happy Halloween!" | Source

Wait Until Your Hamster is a Little Groggy

If your hamster has been running on the wheel all night, that poor little guy is tired. This is the perfect opportunity to get your hamster and put him in a basket. Your hamster will be confused because you are up before the sun is even up and he is not used to seeing you at that time in the morning. Let's face it, he is usually going to bed as you are getting up.

Forget about all of that! The wee hours of the morning is a perfect time for a photo shoot. Get a nice Easter basket, make sure not to use plastic grass in the basket, and then plop the hamster right down in the basket. Start taking photos before the hamster knows what is happening! Is it Christmas time? That will work, too! While your hamster is super tired, just put him under the tree with the gifts. He won't have time to run. He is still trying to figure out what on earth you are doing up at that hour.

Bella the hamster with Christmas gifts.
Bella the hamster with Christmas gifts. | Source

Put Your Hamster in the Ball

Hamsters love hamster balls! Hamsters are unable to resist the urge to get in a round, plastic object and roll all over your home. Once you encourage your hamster to get in the ball, just have the ball and the hamster pose for the holiday!

Sure, it could seem a little silly to have your hamster in the ball posing under a Christmas tree, but that is totally fine. Perhaps the hamster ball is part of your hamster's Christmas gift! Well, that only makes sense to have the hamster pose in her new toy, right? Of course! If your hamster is anything like my hamsters, she chews through one ball per year, so she usually gets a hamster ball for Christmas each year anyway.

Bribe Your Hamster with Food

If all else fails, hamsters sure enjoy eating. They especially like special treats. If your hamster does not want to sit still for the camera, bribe her with a little apple or a carrot. Oh, that hamster will nibble away while wondering why heart shaped balloons and flowers are being placed behind her for something called a Valentine's Day photo.

Hamsters definitely deserve a treat for their birthdays, too. So never forget to give your hamster something special and then take lots of photos for the big day. Yes, your friends and relatives might mock you, but your hamster will love you just the same. You can't help it if others do not have the same appreciation for cute holiday photos / hamster torture like you do!

Copyright ©2012 Jeannieinabottle

Mimi the hamster loves Easter.  Even if she turns away, she is just pretending she isn't interested in the photo shoot.
Mimi the hamster loves Easter. Even if she turns away, she is just pretending she isn't interested in the photo shoot. | Source


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  • lrc7815 profile image

    Linda Crist 

    7 years ago from Central Virginia

    That's precious!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much. And no, sometimes Mimi just likes to be bashful. I think she sees the camera come out too much. She stars in her own Zazzle products and e-Book, too.

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    Linda Crist 

    7 years ago from Central Virginia

    This hub is adorable. Weren't you insulted when she turned her back on the photo op?

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much. I really appreciate the feedback. My hamster thanks you, too. :-)

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    8 years ago from Fargo, North Dakota

    This is really interesting. The title is very catchy and the content is hilarious.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Mimi is quite hilarious. I loved Bella so much and was so upset when she passed away, but Mimi is quite a character. We've become very close recently. She ran away for a while and I was so excited when she came back. Now, she'll pose in any picture just as long as she doesn't have to deal with the "big bad outside world" too much. Thanks for the votes! Oh, and sorry you did not get to keep your hamsters when you were a kid. Hamsters make great pets for adults too. ;-)

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    8 years ago from Kolkata, India

    Jeannieinabottle, I am ROFL and enjoying the pics of Mimi and Bella, I think I like Mimi better of the two. She is so like me, pretending not to enjoy parties and getting the most out of it. I had my two hamsters at the age of 9 or ten, probably from a schoolfriend, and I was allowed to keep them only for a week or so- my Mom was quite decided that once they had a litter, she 'would mind' running after me, my hamster couple and their kids! So I never got to know more about them, but never stopped missing my first love (animals). Voted up and shared.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Moonlake - I'll bet that photo with your dogs is super cute. Even if they weren't happy, I am sure it was worth it. Thanks for the vote up!

    Marcy - I was just thinking I should create a hamster calendar. That is crazy that you said the same thing. There are rabbit calendars and guinea pig calendars, but nothing for hamsters. Great minds think alike! Thanks for dropping by.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 

    8 years ago from Planet Earth

    I love Bella! You should turn her into a calendar girl - one shot for each month! She is a cutie, and this is a delightful hub. Thanks for the big smile I'm enjoying right now!

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    8 years ago from America

    So cute, enjoyed reading your hub. Your right even fish like Christmas. I put snowflakes head bands on my dogs at Christmas. They were not happy but let me get the picture.

    Voted UP.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    RealHousewife - Isn't it hilarious when the hamster hangs from the bars of the cage? Mimi does this sometimes now, but she does not hang upside down like my dwarf hamster, Daisy, used to do. Honestly, it freaked me out a bit. She looked like a bat. :-) Thanks so much for the compliment!

    sholland10 - Yes, a groggy hamster is always the most willing to pose in photos. I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks so much!

    Millionaire Tips - Don't worry, it won't be long before I have an 8 by 10, too... or even a hamster poster. Maybe I can even make some money doing that. Perhaps others would like a nice hamster poster. Hmmmm... Oh, and you definitely want to get the dog in some holiday photos. You can even take your dog to Petsmart during the holidays to pose with Santa. :-) Thanks for the comment!

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    Shasta Matova 

    8 years ago from USA

    Jeannie, You are perfectly in tune with your hamster and are making me wish that I still had one. Mimi does look like an Easter bunny. We do have an 8 x 10 of ours as a keepsake though. I'll have to try out some holiday celebration photos with the dog and see how that goes.

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    Susan Holland 

    8 years ago from Southwest Missouri

    Love the hamster ball. Hamsters are very hip on what is going on around them, so your suggestion to wait until they have been running in the wheel or even in the ball all day so they are bit groggy is brilliant. You have to act quick to get those pics.

    Too funny!! Great Hub! :-)

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Jeannie - I've actually done this:) lol I have a picture of my hamster swinging from the bars on the top of the's just hilarious looking!

    Funny hub - you come up with the best stuff!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks so much! I really just wanted to post new photos of my hamster, but I had to think of a creative excuse for it. :-)

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    Christy Birmingham 

    8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    You are such a funny writer!

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    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Movie Master - Thanks so much! You should totally get hamster. That are sweet animals and love to learn new things. They are also great escape artists, too, so I recommend getting a very secure cage. ;-)

    thougtforce - Cats and dogs are excellent for posing in cute holiday photos, too. Since I live in an apartment, for now, I just have a very photogenic hamster. Thanks so much for the compliment! I think my hamster is just a natural. :-)

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    Christina Lornemark 

    8 years ago from Sweden

    I love this hub! I have never had a hamster but I have had cats and dogs and it is amazing how many photos you can take of the pets in your home. Your hamster is a natural and talented model or/and you are a great photographer!


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    Movie Master 

    8 years ago from United Kingdom

    I love this Jeannie and your hamster....

    I think I want a hamster....

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    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Eric Newland - Thanks so much (... I think)... my hamster and I are very close now. She was missing for a while recently, so that has brought us closer together. Still, there is probably no excuse to force her to sit in an Easter basket. Thanks for the vote up!

    Dana Teresa - I will have to check out your rats. I like rats, too. Thelma and Louise are such cute names. My friend had two rats named Betty and Wilma. :-) Thanks for checking out my hub!

    Sunshine625 - Teddy Bear Hamsters seem to love the ball. I had a Dwarf Hamster one time, but she did not like being confined. It was kind of a bummer. Mimi seems to like posing for photos. Or at least, in my head she does. Thanks for dropping by, Linda!

    Stephanie Henkel - Hahaha... yes, once I get the camera out, there is no stopping me! I've noticed I take more and more pictures with each hamster. I just hope I never get to the point when I order 8 by 10 photos and hang them on the wall. Someone might need to stop me. :-) Thanks for reading my hub!

    kelleyward - Trust me, hamsters make awesome pets to use for an Easter photo shoot. My friend tried to get her bunnies to pose in an Easter basket once, but they kept hopping away. Thanks for the comment!

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    8 years ago

    This is so cute! Never thought of taking pics of a hamster, but I've never had a hamster for a pet either.

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    Stephanie Henkel 

    8 years ago from USA

    I can see that you are so in tune with what your cute little hamster is really thinking! Lucky for him that you don't give up easily and get all those lovely holiday shots that he really wants! LOL!

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    8 years ago from Orlando, FL

    The hamster ball is too cool and so is your lil buddy to pose for the photos! Rock on Jeannie!!!

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    Dana Strang 

    8 years ago from Ohio

    This is SO CUTE! I love it! I have two pet rats and I was just thinking this Easter that I wish I had bunny ears to put on them. I guess great minds think alike. They really are just like little kittens, So much fun! I can't wait to read the rest of your hamster hubs!!! Voted up and funny.... You can see some cute pics of my girls, Thelma and Louise in this hub

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    Eric Newland 

    8 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

    Just the right amount of humor and pet owner dementia (not an insult, believe me I've been there). If I had a hamster and a hankerin' to take a picture of it I would totally use these tips.

    Voted up and funny, A+++ would read again!


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