Greetings! Just another newbie here
Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:32 PM
His name is Boris, and he's a 7-month old Russian dwarf hamster (anyone know what the correct name for his species is?). He's a little spazz and pretty hard to photograph (also, my camera's not the greatest); but as you can see, he's a cute little demonic fluff thing. He was surrendered to the pet store I work at, along with a few of his babies...the previous owners had bought what they were told were two females, but obviously that wasn't the case. I guess they didn't want to deal with setting up separate cages, and found it easier to simply get rid of the male.
I look forward to reading through the archives here so I can learn more about hammie care and give Boris a good life!
Posted 27 March 2012 - 12:47 PM
I guess I don't have many "hobbies" outside of my pets, unless you count eating, drinking, music and movies, reading, going for walks, etc.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:05 PM
Aww your pets sound cute you should post some pictures of them I would love to see more of them! oh and Boris! <3 Oh By the way i'm SyrianPumpkin But you can just call me SP for short I'm sure you'll learn tons from here!
Posted 28 March 2012 - 12:27 AM
If you're intent to stay rodent free I will take that cutie off your hands. Or I'll just steal him, whatever.
Anyways, your little guy is called a 'Russian Campbell Dwarf Hamster' in English, but the scientific/Latin name is Phodopus campbelli. They are wonderful little hams, sometimes they can be found to cage aggressive and are very much prone to diabetes and should be tested every now and then. You can do that yourself with urine test strips from the pharmacy. Bayer's is a the usual brand in the US (go for the Keto-Diastix ones so you can test both the glucose and the ketones). If you have any questions at all then please feel free to ask!
Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:26 PM
SP, I'll post some more pet pics in the appropriate section at some point.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:35 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:02 AM
You can call me Ninja or Mika, up to you ~~~
As for your little handling situation, i can relate !!
Ruffle is kind of the same, he will walk out but refuse to
get handled. Now he's okay with being handled with a
glove. I intend to suck it up and let him roam on my hand
soon. I hafta suck it up and continue even if he bites me
Don't be distressed at the behaviour he is showing right now.
It's quite normal and in due time, They will adjust to you handling them.
I recommend you handle them at least once a day or so, so he knows that
you will be handling him. He will eventually get used to your scent and
associate you as someone that is not a predator. He may bite if you just
pick him up right away, but be confident, don't drop him, and give him a
lot of love even if he's bitten you. I know this from self-experience.
With time, he will be okay with being picked up. The key task is to start slow.
^_^ good luck with your handling ~~ We're all here if you need some help ~
Posted 29 March 2012 - 03:35 AM
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Edited by princesshamster, 30 March 2012 - 03:35 AM.
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Edited by astral, 31 March 2012 - 02:22 PM.