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Hampster questions katxo 18 kids; Florida 7270 posts
2nd Dec '12

My wonderful mother bought one for my son for his birthday. Now what in the hell am I suppose to do with it? He's 4yrs old(on the 8th). We have a cat too. Am I suppose to take the thing to the vet? Is there even a vet for hampsters? I honestly have no clue and I never had one growing up. I'm a cat person, so I never really owned rat looking things. I owned a snake once but that's besides the point. :D

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⚓Misty⚓ 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7276 posts
2nd Dec '12

Lol. Do you have a cage & supplies? They're easy to take care of

katxo 18 kids; Florida 7270 posts
2nd Dec '12
Quoting Misty Walls:" Lol. Do you have a cage & supplies? They're easy to take care of"


yes. My mom bought everything before she gave him to us. I am about to post a picture. He's fluffy as hell, I have never seen a hampster quite like this one before

user banned SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 24574 posts
2nd Dec '12

They are low maintainence. Feed 'em, fresh bedding and be prepared to get him another for his next birthday cause they generally only live a year! (depending on breed...sometimes 2-3yrs)

katxo 18 kids; Florida 7270 posts
2nd Dec '12
Quoting .chele.:" They are low maintainence. Feed 'em, fresh bedding and be prepared to get him another for his next birthday cause they generally only live a year!"

aww, that sucks lol. I am pretty attached to this damn fur ball already. I didn't know about the life expectancy; good job mom!

furrbabiesmommy 18 kids; California 16570 posts
2nd Dec '12

sounds like a teddy bear hamster. I used to breed them. lol
pain in the ass, but cute. and yes vet's treat them. they are called pocket pets.

⚓Misty⚓ 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7276 posts
2nd Dec '12

Ok well there's not much to do. Just feed & water it. Change its bedding. Make sure it has a wheel and a house/cave that it can hide in & get it a excercise ball that it can run around the house in

katxo 18 kids; Florida 7270 posts
2nd Dec '12
Quoting furrbabiesmommy:" sounds like a teddy bear hamster. I used to breed them. lol pain in the ass, but cute. and yes vet's treat them. they are called pocket pets."

I just posted a picture :)

Shanon Hutchens Due June 22 (boy); 2 kids; Seymour, Tennessee 543 posts
2nd Dec '12
Quoting katxo:" aww, that sucks lol. I am pretty attached to this damn fur ball already. I didn't know about the life expectancy; good job mom!"


thats not always true, i had one for like 5 yrs. and no my mom didnt keep switching them out. lol

FriendsOffBitch Calgary, Alberta 6867 posts
2nd Dec '12
Quoting Shanon Hutchens:" thats not always true, i had one for like 5 yrs. and no my mom didnt keep switching them out. lol"


You really lucked out! Those suckers don't tend to live long!

......................... Oregon 14226 posts
2nd Dec '12

I had 3 and they all lived between 1 and 2 and 1/2 years.



Well the first one my brother squeezed to death on accident(he was like 6 and trying to play with it) and the 2nd died of old age, and the 3rd was a nasty little thing that bit everyone so we just left it in the cage and fed it until it died.



They are very low maintanence.



I think I got another one, but then my ex husband bought me another one, so I had 2 but one ate the other, so we let it go rather than kill it.

user banned SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 24574 posts
2nd Dec '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting katxo:</b>" I just posted a picture :)"</blockquote>



Oh he's cute! You'll probably get a couples years out of him...it's the dwarfs that don't last long, plus you never know how long they've been at the pet store.

katxo 18 kids; Florida 7270 posts
2nd Dec '12
Quoting .chele.:" <blockquote><b>Quoting katxo:</b>" I just posted a picture :)"</blockquote> ... [snip!] ... a couples years out of him...it's the dwarfs that don't last long, plus you never know how long they've been at the pet store."

thanks! yeah, that's true, I forgot about that part as well. He's so freakin' fluffy, I really didn't think they got that fluffy!. I am wondering if he's ever going to slim down cuz he's huge. He has a hard time getting through the tubes lol

Bryan Ray's Mommy + 1 ♥ Due June 26 (girl); TTC since Nov 2011; 1 child; 2 angel babies; Bryan, TX, United States 4107 posts
3rd Dec '12

OMG!! He's awesome. I want one now lol

Chuck Norris TTC since Jan 2013; 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Fairbanks, AK, United States 18865 posts
3rd Dec '12

Its so cute!!! I didn't get a good look at him at the party. Soooo fluffy :)