Okay, I know hamsters are Omnivores. But... yikes.
For those who don't know, I adopted 2 RC Dwarf Hamsters from a irresponsible owner a bit over a year ago.
She got them from Petco months before she got bored with them. I do not think they're actually related but were (supposedly) together since very young. She actually had 4 RC dwarf hamsters in a tiny habitrail cage.
I brought them home, gave them a 30 gallon breeder tank with 2 wheels, etc. They once-in-a-while (once or twice a month?) would have a pushing-shoving-squeeking tiff. Never anywhere close to blood being drawn, and was usually over who was going to occupy what toy at the moment.. they'd push, shove, squeak, and the loser (usually Trixie the smaller one) would give up and walk away. They otherwise lived happily, for over a year.
So I injured my back and was / am on some meds that knock me out cold for most of the day. I didn't pay much attention to my hamsters for a few days, I was very out of it. I felt guilty about not having the awake-ness to take them out to play. I felt I could at least top off their food and water often.
A couple days ago, we complained and got my meds changed. When I was back with the world, I noticed Pixie running around and excitedly decided to (gingerly) take them out for overdue playtime.
Well, Pixie came running up to me, but no sign of Trixie. Ok.. she must be sleeping real deep somewhere, proded the usually sleeping spots to no avail. Ok..??? I then realized I really couldn't recall when I last saw Trixie durring my heavy-meds. I started to fret she somehow escaped or passed away. I began taking things out of the cage, and between one toy and the back wall I found what could barely be recognized as Trixie. I was shocked, actually trembling. Apparently Pixie had been having a snack (despite having plenty of regular food). She's the only suspect. Didn't sleep much that night but no nightmares yet, thankfully.
Trixie was my fiance's favorite (she was very awesome T_T) so right away... he says Pixie must have murdered Trixie. He claims they must have had such a fight, but I really don't remember any tiffs recently. I think maybe Trixie passed away.. but how?? I don't know, have no way of knowing. I can't even recall her acting sick, and have no way of telling when she might have passed away precisely. I can't look at Pixie without wincing. If she did harm Trixie, I would be very upset.. I'm beside myself now when its a mystery. If Pixie didn't attack Trixie, only scavenged after.. Its still icky but would make Pixie less.. demonized, evil?
To make matters worse, every time I walk past their cage, Pixie is like begging for attention. Trying to climb up the side left-to-right and all that. She seems to be more desperate, she somehow climbed to the roof of her puzzle-playhouse and was trying to stand up on it (which she's never done before). Its so weird. If Trixie had passed away, I would say Pixie could be lonely.. but if she killed her, I dunno. They did kinda pal around, even sometimes shared a wheel when there's two, I don't think they hated each other...
T_T Its just a terrible situation.
Edited by Mink, 16 April 2012 - 12:19 PM.