Meet My Hamsters: Misty & Littlefoot
Everyone meet Misty
This Lens is dedicated to my pet hamsters, Misty & Littlefoot
Misty is a silver grey female Syrian Hamster and I got her in December 2012. I have kept hamsters for almost 10 years but this is the first time I have ever owned a female and she was most definitely not planned. On a routine trip to the pet store to get some treats for Littlefoot (my other hamster who you will meet soon) I just happened to take a look through one of the glass windows. Raised up on her 2 back legs like a meerkat (she does that a lot) was Misty and I immediately knew that I had to take her home. I had never seen a silver grey Syrian close up before and I just fell in love with her colour and coat.
Throughout the remainder of this Lens I will be providing an insight to some of Misty's things and a few snaps from her modeling portfolio. There will also be some room for Littlefoot to show off his talents
Misty - Just a few snaps of my girlClick thumbnail to view full-size
Where does Misty Live
Choosing a home for your hamster can be as easy as just grabbing the first one you see in the pet store but if you are anything like me, you will want to provide the best possible environment for your little friend. I spent quite a long time researching hamster cages before actually selecting one to buy but eventually decided on the Ferplast Duna Fun Large (as seen in the picture).
Probably the most important thing to think about when choosing a home for your hamster is the size. If like me, you are keeping Syrian Hamsters (seperately of course as they will fight) you will need to buy a home which measures as close to 75cm x 40cm x 40cm as you can afford. This is the minimum recommended size for a Syrian Hamster as defined by th RSPCA.
The Ferplast Duna Fun Large is a great product which I feel strikes an excellent balance between style, interactivity and affordability. The main benefits of this product are outlined below:
- External tubing - Excellent for satisfying the hamster's natural tunneling nature - misty spends a lot of time in her tube but you should always take precaution if your hamster begins to sleep in the tube as poor ventilation can introduce health issues,
- Deep base tray - Allows for up to 6 inches of substrate (wood shavings) again great for digging and tunneling.
- Clear lid - Great viewing platform
- Multi-Level - Provides better efficiency of internal cage space. I often place treats on each level for Misty to encourage her to explore the whole home
The All Important Hamster Wheel
In the wild, it is a common occurrence for a hamster to cover several miles each night in search of food. Naturally active it is extremely important that you provide your hamster with an adequate facility to exercise. It is of far greater importance for a domesticated hamster to get regular exercise due to the fact that we all love to spoil our pets and their diet may contain a few more treats than necessary.
Most hamster cages will come with a hamster wheel. Probably not the highest quality product but a wheel nonetheless. From my experience with hamsters, the wheel provided is never fit for purpose and far too small.
When keeping Syrian hamsters, the recommended wheel size is 8 inches in diameter (or bigger); this is so that the hamster has enough space to run without creating any unnecessary curvature of the spine. Pay close attention to your hamsters running activities and be sure to look out for the spinal position; ideally the hamster will be near horizontal as if running on a flat surface.
My choice for Misty was the Savic Orbital 27cm Wheel and I pleased to say that she loves it
I would like to introduce you to my other hamster, Littlefoot.
Littlefoot is a male Syrian Hamster and is almost 3 months older than Misty. I originally got Littlefoot as a present for my son Oliver. Only being 4 years old, the novelty wore off quite quickly and the responsibility was left to mom and dad (we knew that would happen).
Getting Littlefoot has prompted me to take hamster care extremely seriously and I have since spent a great deal of time researching various subjects such as:
- Hamster Care
- Hamster Nutrition
- Hamster History
- Hamster Health Issues
I firmly believe that keeping a hamster is no different to keeping a cat or a dog. There is still a tremendous amount of responsibility involved and each and every owner should take adequate measures to ensure they are familiar with the hamster basics. Anyway, lecture over :) lets take a look at a few snaps of Littlefoot
Littlefoot: The Gallery - Photos of My BoyClick thumbnail to view full-size
Littlefoot taks on the Angry Birds - What your Average Hamster gets up to
In this video, Littlefoot is playing Angry Birds. Filmed in my lounge, they say you should never work with animals but I think he plays his part quite well