Seem to be a lot of new pet owners on the board lately (see: HomeSlice’s ferret thread). Well, I was thinking about getting an aquarium (I’ve had fish before, and loved 'em), and went to the pet store to pick up some gear. I brought my girlfriend along, and there was the cutest hamster ever in the window, and it was on sale for $4! They had a returned 10 gallon aquarium with hamster gear in it for $10.00, so I just couldn’t pass this up.
Why did we choose little Nathan Jr.? Well, for one, he was, in my GF’s words, “the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.” He also seemed pretty cool, as he was in the middle of doing one-armed pull ups on the water bottle. The girl said that they were brand new, and had just opened their eyes about 3 days ago. Perfect for taming! So I got the gear and brought him home.
I love this little guy (even though I have a growing suspicion that “he”'s a “she”)! He runs and runs at night - they say that hamsters will run 5-6 miles in one night. Luckily, I have a plastic wheel that’s whisper quiet, as the metal ones apparently are incredibly squeeky. I also got him a plastic ball to run around in, which he’s used to thoroughly explore my apartment. I’ve been keeping my hands in his cage to let him get used to me, but haven’t forced picking him up yet. But I think today we’re going to make the big step of picking him up.
Any hammy tips out there? Anyone else have a hammy?