Friday, April 16, 2010

Hamsters!

We got a couple hamsters within the last two weeks... Our 13 year old wanted one. So he saved his allowance and any extra money he made, and bought the aquarium, water bottle, and bedding, food... Finally he was able to afford a hamster. Meet Rhino. :D He's a long haired teddy bear hamster. He is so cute!! I never thought I would say that about a rodent.. lol
This was when we first got him. He has really warmed up to us and has such a personality. I love him. (Another thing I never thought I'd say about a rodent!...)
Well; then our youngest son wanted his own hamster... (Sigh...) We told him he would have to save his money up and buy it himself, too. Today he finally had enough money. He bought a grey, short haired girl hamster. Here they are, meeting each other.

When we first put her in the aquarium, she started shoveling food in her mouth and her cheeks were sticking out for at least two hours! (I later read somewhere that hamster means 'hoard' in some language..) Which made sense to me, after seeing her do that. :P I don't think she is as cute as Rhino. She has red eyes. I don't know. She looks more like a mouse to me. Her name is Maia.

Someone said to separate them or they will fight to the death. The woman in the pet place said they should be fine together you just have to watch them and see how they do. I don't know. She was in with three other hamsters, and they weren't fighting. But... I think I will separate them, just cuz Maia is a girl and Rhino is a boy... If they haven't already mated, they will... I probably should have kept them separated from the start. Sigh... Well. Hopefully the pet place will take them, or we can find homes for the babies if there are any...
The pet place also had free kittens with a bag of food purchase... I didn't bring any kittens home though... :P

3 comments:

Paula said...

You MUST get them a plastic sphere to roll around in. Paka, my 1st dog as an adult, and I used tolove watching our hamster roll all around the hardwoor floors. Once ina while she would nudge it with her nose and the poor little thing would do rolling across the floor so fast . . seemed she and the hamster were in cahoots together.

LOVED watching him burrow and stuff thoe little cheeks :o}

Mimi said...

OMG, looks like love at first sight! haha...cutest pic!
I do remember that when we had two, they easily multiplied! And its true, they killed each other...haha, not all - but I remember there were instances...

Tina said...

Well we separated them. If not because of the fighting (which they did), for the fact that we don't want babies right now! Hopefully they didn't mate that first night... :/

Paula we did get them a ball to roll around in. They don't seem to like it. I don't know if it is too small for them, or if they just don't know what to do yet...


They're so much fun to watch. They make us laugh. :P