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Alexander's Horse
09-01-2006, 15:43:26
My Kids want to get some - we can't have em in Oz but they are available in Korea.

Are they hard to care for?

Are they social, should you get more than one?

Do they bite?

Do they survive well?

Can you handle them?

What do they eat?

Any advice appreciated.

Japher
09-01-2006, 15:47:56
I had a dwarf hamster named Newman a few years ago and several growing up

Are they hard to care for?

No. You clean the cage once a weak, replacing sawdust and washing toys and pan, etc. You feed and water 'em as needed. Very easy.

Are they social, should you get more than one?

They bread like rabbits. Keep this in mind.

Do they bite?

Some do, but it doesn't hurt much. I have had skin broken once. For the most part they only bite if they fill threatened.

Do they survive well?

Dwarf's last about 2 years

Can you handle them?

Yeah, but they don't really discriminate as to where they relieve themselves.


What do they eat?


Lettuce mostly, we had a trailmix like mixture from the pet store too



Good pets for kids

Tizzy
09-01-2006, 15:54:02
^ what he said.

DEFINITELY keep the males and females apart - one of Glowworm's hamsters impregnated it's mother.

Japher
09-01-2006, 15:58:31
Also, I had a mother hamster eat her young because I didn't feed her quick enough... rather sad, but I was 10 it didn't really care.

The Hamsters
09-01-2006, 16:22:36
We require dry and secure housing of not less than 36 square feet per hamster, with deep bedding in the form of shredded paper. Food should consist of seeds and specialist biscuits, with a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables regularly (no citrus).

Red Cross aid parcel should arrive monthly, and access will be required to a specialist Civil Liberties lawyer and the Rodent Consul on demand. Hamsters must not be subject to forced labour or cruel treatment, under the terms of the Geneva Convention as prisoners of war. And bring us a woman.


La lucha continua!

MoSe
09-01-2006, 16:41:29
36 square feet? that's a double bed! It's more than I have myself!

:roding: :roding: :roding:

self biased
09-01-2006, 17:41:14
rats make better pets than hamsters. they're more social, intelligent, and less prone to biting than hamsters.

Japher
09-01-2006, 17:46:08
this is true

The Mad Monk
09-01-2006, 17:57:13
Yeah but they have that whole "rat" thing going against them.

self biased
09-01-2006, 18:02:13
but they're actually affectionate. rats have the problem solving abilites of a three year old child. all hamsters are wont to do is eat, sleep, shit, and make more hamsters.

Japher
09-01-2006, 18:03:51
and a rats going to do all that plus what? your homework?

self biased
09-01-2006, 18:04:55
depends. i'm sure you could use them if you were doing PhD psychology work.

The Mad Monk
09-01-2006, 18:23:31
Train them to police the house for trash on the floor. They're practically built for it.

mr_G
09-01-2006, 18:27:32
do I care enough?

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
09-01-2006, 21:16:57
Guinea pigs are an Oz-friendly option. My sister had some twenty years ago. She still has their little death certificates she made for them.

My kids had hamsters a few years back. Evil sons of bitches, too. Bit like you wouldn't believe. Someone mentioned they were inbred, or not used to humans or something. All I know is they were viscious buggers.

I second the rat idea though. Don't know why, I'm just partial to rats. Sadly, hey don't go well with 9 cats. Such is life.

MoSe
10-01-2006, 08:15:52
rat power

The Mad Monk
10-01-2006, 16:01:54
What a crappy looking maze.

Japher
10-01-2006, 16:02:56
can't figure it out?

JM^3
10-01-2006, 17:19:29
I had a real nice one named George

he never bit, and seemed to enjoy people (he wouldn't bite)

he also looked very different from the standard hampster we had in the NW

JM

MDA
10-01-2006, 18:31:00
Originally posted by self biased
but they're actually affectionate. rats have the problem solving abilites of a three year old child. all hamsters are wont to do is eat, sleep, shit, and make more hamsters.

Sounds like I have more in common with the hamsters.

self biased
10-01-2006, 18:32:06
i figured you would.

Lazarus and the Gimp
10-01-2006, 18:56:27
I used to own a hamster, and it didn't bite. They're quite endearing, but extremely thick and decidedly nocturnal.

Rats are far more fun. If you let them roam the floor, you're far less likely to see a spiders running around- Rats are rather partial to spiders.

Diss
10-01-2006, 19:06:12
hamsters r gay.

I had one as a kid. I forgot to feed it. It starved to death. I feel bad about it to this day. Serious.

The problem is, you get bored of them too easy. Yay, they roll around in a ball. yippee. What else can they do?

At least they are better than ferrets. I hate those annoying things.

alsieboo
10-01-2006, 22:58:21
Originally posted by Tizzy
DEFINITELY keep the males and females apart - one of Glowworm's hamsters impregnated it's mother.

eeeew:vom:

Diss
10-01-2006, 23:05:36
it's okay for hamsters and people from west virginia.

Rodgers
11-01-2006, 09:14:49
Originally posted by JM^3
I had a real nice one named George

he never bit, and seemed to enjoy people (he wouldn't bite)

he also looked very different from the standard hampster we had in the NW

JM


Is your real name Manuel?

MDA
11-01-2006, 12:05:50
Originally posted by alsieboo
eeeew:vom:

It blinded its father too!

Alexander's Horse
15-01-2006, 14:37:10
Thanks for the advice - we have a rabbit coming to stay for a couple of weeks and if they don't let it starve like Diss did, hamsters it is.

The Mad Monk
15-01-2006, 16:31:19
Originally posted by Japher
can't figure it out?

Far too easy to figure out.

The entire left half of the maze was inaccessable before the rat chewed through that one corner.

shagnasty
15-01-2006, 16:32:41
Originally posted by Diss
The problem is, you get bored of them too easy. Yay, they roll around in a ball. yippee. What else can they do?


Put them in that ball thingy and let them run around at the top of the stairs. Or let the cat try and get at it. Yaaay.

Immortal Wombat
15-01-2006, 21:02:27
Originally posted by Alexander's Horse
Can you handle them?
I reckon I could. If they came at me, y'know. I reckon instinct would just take over. BAM!

Alexander's Horse
16-01-2006, 14:29:13
you need duct tape if you want to use hamsters

Japher
16-01-2006, 14:31:31
duck tape!@

Oerdin
16-01-2006, 18:02:01
I had 3 pet rats while growing up and the were smart little things. I trained them to come to me when I made kissing noises and they would usually obey. Try doing that with a hampster.

Of course my hampster experience is limited to the next door neighbor who got bored of them and decided to buy a pet snake. In short order the snake was fatter and the hampsters were history.

Beta1
16-01-2006, 19:06:59
the hamster probably didnt want to kiss you.

Oerdin
16-01-2006, 20:44:25
Turned down by a rodent. :(

MDA
17-01-2006, 13:18:28
dump one in the scrumpy - yum!

Japher
18-01-2006, 19:46:59
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10903211/?GT1=7538

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/060118/060118_hamster_hmed_330a.hmedium.jpg

JM^3
18-01-2006, 20:40:47
their lying about it being an accident

the proof will come when the first snakester is photographed...

JM

Japher
18-01-2006, 20:44:30
hamake

MDA
19-01-2006, 14:01:32
Gohan :lol:

King_Ghidra
19-01-2006, 14:09:02
great story :lol:

MDA
20-01-2006, 11:48:56
that's gotta be one inbred rodent to not be totally ape-sh** in the presence of a snake

apparently he's more valuable as a heat source than food