The Best Hamster Wheel for a Syrian Hamster

Misty-in-the-Savic-Orbital-LArgeBest Syrian Hamster Wheel

One of the most important features of any hamster cage is the wheel. Hamsters are extremely active animals and in the wild can cover many miles each night in search of food. Not only does a good wheel provide your hamster with its primary source of exercise, it will also act as a boredom breaker and may even help stop your hamster chewing the cage bars - not a guarantee but certainly a good place to start :)

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Misty’s Wooden Hamster Swing

Misty's New Hamster SwingMisty’s New Hamster Swing

I bought Misty a wooden hamster swing recently to shake things up inside her home – I have noticed recently that she has gone back to bar chewing so felt it was time to offer her a new boredom breaker. After spending about 10 minutes in the pet shop I decided to go with the wooden climbing swing / wheel. In this post I am going to do a short product review and let you know how Misty is getting on with it. Continue reading

Interview with Mia

Interview #5 – Mia aka “Chinesehammy”

Welcome to the fifth instalment of my hamster owner interview series. In this edition I would like to introduce you all to Mia. I met Mia on The Hamster Central Forum and she has very kindly agreed to answering a few of  my questions.

Mia has got a great deal of experience with hamsters so I hope you enjoy this interview. Thanks again Mia - this has got to be one of my favourite interviews to date, packed full of great information :)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Mia. I am 18 years old and I live in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. I work full time as a zumba instructor and have done since I was 16. I am vegetarian, and I also volunteer for PETA and two other animal rights organisations. I am currently writing a book about vegan and vegetarianism.

2. Describe your level of involvement with owning hamsters?

I am quite a hands on owner. I currently have 7 hamsters, and nearly 30 babies! I breed hamsters, but focus on improving temperament and health. I only breed hamsters with a full pedigree who have no history of illness or genetic difficulties. I would love to show, but unfortunately there is no shows in Northern Ireland that I am aware of.

3. Tell us a little bit about your first hamster?

My first hamsters was a group of three female roborovski hamsters called Polly, Molly and Holly. Two were agouti colouring and one was a pied/mottled colouring. I had them 8 years ago and they lived until three years old.

4. How many hamsters have you ever owned?

Hmm! Quite a few, let me count! 54 in total throughout my whole life so far! I had 29 adults at one point as I took them in from a rescue that was shutting down.

5. Do you have a favourite species of hamster? And if so, for what reason?

My favourite has to be Syrian. I do have a few dwarf hamsters, and I love them very much, however I just love the Syrian personality! I like the fact that they are larger, so they are more easily handled, and I find they have more of a personality in the way the groom themselves, and how they play in their cages!

6. What is your favourite thing about hamsters?

I just love hamsters in general, but the two main things I love about them is there personality and their looks. I think it is lovely how there is such a wide variety of colours and markings, especially in Syrians. I also love their personality, and the little things they do! Like playing on their wheels and taking treats out of your hand!

7. What is the funniest thing your hamster has ever done?

Well one of my first ever hamsters, Molly, who was a roborovski hamster, used to sit at the top of her duna multy on the plastic part, and would jump down into her cage! She seemed to enjoy it as she did it every time we had playtime! She looked like a flying hamster!

8. Tell us one thing that you think every hamster owner should know

I think that every hamster should know to have their hamster in an appropriate sized cage, and not a standard pet store one, as these are not anywhere near an appropriate size. I think new hamster owner should also know about nutrition and what foods are safe and unsafe for your hamster.

9. What is your preferred type of Hamster cage?

My preferred type of cage is a bin cage, 110L or more. I find they allow easier access, and give your hamsters more space, and allows you to customise the cage and add as many toys as you like, and don’t forget, no bars, means no bar chewing!

10. What is your preferred brand of Hamster Food?

I use pets at home hamster muesli mixed with my own add ins, they include, oats, flex seeds, sesame seeds, and OXBOW which I order all the way from the US! I have found that this is my favourite and is very nutritionally balanced. The hamsters also love this combination, and it keeps them healthy, and that it the most important thing.

11. What is your Hamster’s favourite treat?

Well, all my hamsters have their own favourite treat, but I would say in general the top three seems to be, sunflower seeds, puppy milk bones, and vitacraft sugar free yogurt drops.

12. What is your Hamster’s favourite boredom breaker?

I think tunnels and chewable cardboard and wood items are definitely a popular choice! Wheels are very popular too and then there is the classic toilet roll tube with a tiny bit of toilet roll left for them to make into a nest!

13. Who is the most famous Hamster in the World?

I would have to say Humphrey from the Humphrey Hamster children’s books! My niece loves to read these!

14. What is the most useful hamster resource on the Internet?

I would have to say the best forum out of all the ones I have tried is Hamster Central. A lot of hamster forums have a lot of rules, strict moderation etc, but I find that Hamster Central is a generally laid back forum full of hamster expertise and you always know that if you ask a question on Hamster Central that you will get the correct answer from someone on this friendly and community orientated forum.

15. Where can people get in touch with you and find out more about you and your hamsters?

You can send me a private message on Hamster Central forum, my username is chinesehammy or alternatively if you are wishing to purchase one of my baby hamsters cricetohamsters.simpl.com.

Once again I would like to extend a huge thank you to Mia for taking the time to answer my questions

 

 

Interview with Rachael

Interview #4 – Rachael Kirby

Welcome to the fourth instalment of my hamster owner interview series. In this edition I would like to introduce you all to Rachael Kirby. Rachael is a keen participant on The Hamster Central Forum and very kindly agreed to answering my questions.

Rachael has a great deal of experience when it comes to hamsters and I hope you enjoy this interview – Over to you Rachael :)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Rachael I live in Darlington Co. Durham UK. I’m 41 years old married & have three sons.

2. Describe your level of involvement with owning hamsters?

I’m just a casual owner although I would love to show in the future. Well casual is probably wrong, I’m crazy about hamsters. They aren’t just for children!

3. Tell us a little bit about your first hamster?

The first hamster in our house was Gizmo my youngest son’s. She was a Winter White Dwarf & Sapphire in colour. My first hamster was Huxley another Winter White dwarf & he was an Agouti in colour. He lived until he was 23 months old.

4. How many hamsters have you ever owned?

Twenty including the nine I have now. But in total in our house with my sons we’ve had twenty-seven! He currently owns one, a Dom Spot Chinese girl.

5. Do you have a favourite species of hamster? And if so, for what reason?

My favourite species of hamsters are Winter White Dwarves. I just love how small & cute they are & they are super friendly. I do however adore Syrians & Russian Campbells I currently have two of each & five Winter Whites.

6. What is your favourite thing about hamsters?

I love their little front paws & how they can hold food. I find their huge eyes appealing too. The fact they can be so mischievous too. I love that even though they are small they trust you.

7. What is the funniest thing your hamster has ever done?

Well I don’t know if it’s funny but Huxley once escaped & managed to get downstairs. My son shouted that he was running around the hall I ran down to get him to find he was chasing Meg! Meg is one of our dogs & a large Border Collie she was terrified! Thankfully no harm was done to Meg or Huxley!

8. Tell us one thing that you think every hamster owner should know

The dreaded use of fluffy bedding. I thought it looked lovely & cosy.

9. What is your preferred type of Hamster cage?

I don’t have a preference but all my dwarves are in tanks style cages & my Syrians large wired ones. I can’t recommend the Barney cage enough for a Syrian.

10. What is your preferred brand of Hamster Food?

I use Harry Hamster, Quicko Sunny Greens Hamster Mix & Burgess Dwarf Mix although I add various safe ingredients myself.

11. What is your Hamster’s favourite treat?

All my hamsters adore pumpkin seeds & fresh peas are a huge hit. Mealworms go down well with all of them except Bubbles my Syrian boy.

12. What is your Hamster’s favourite boredom breaker?

It has to be the wheel for all of them. They are all wheel mad!

13. Who is the most famous Hamster in the World?

It has to be my first hamster Huxley. He was well loved on Hamster Central.

14. What is the most useful hamster resource on the Internet?

it’s got to be www.hamstercentral.com

15. Where can people get in touch with you and find out more about you and your hamsters?

People are welcome to get in touch with me through Hamster Central where my user name is RachK

I hope you enjoyed the interview and a huge thanks once again to Rachael for taking the time to answer the questions!

 

Interview with Hannah

Hamster InterviewInterview #3 – GhostsInSnow

Welcome to the third owner interview on Happy Hamster and I would like to introduce you all to Hannah aka “GhostsInSnow”. I met Hannah on The Hamster Central Forum and she has very kindly agreed to answering my questions for this interview.

I hope you all enjoy this and please check out Hannah’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links at the bottom.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name’s Hannah and I’m from the West Midlands, UK. I currently have 4 hamsters. One of them lives with my partner and he’s a Shorthaired Golden Syrian called Phoenix. The 3 that live with me are: Edwin a male longhaired Sable Syrian, Sheldon an Agouti Roborovski and Willow a standard colour Chinese.

2. Describe your level of involvement with owning hamsters?

I’m a casual owner but I will be entering a hamster into a show for the first time at the end of November and I have joined the midland hamster club. I’ve also looked in depth into breeding as I want to breed Roborovskis in the future.

3. Tell us a little bit about your first hamster?

My first hamster was a female Longhaired Mink Syrian called Fudge. I got her in July last year from a well-known Pet store and she was incredibly tame and happy from day one. She was successfully spayed when she got Pyometra this year but, unfortunately, I had to have her put to sleep in September due to suspected Kidney failure.

4. How many hamsters have you ever owned?

I’ve owned 5 in total.

5. Do you have a favourite species of hamster? And if so, for what reason?

My favourite is definitely Syrian. The bond that can be built with them and how cuddly they are is just amazing.

6. What is your favourite thing about hamsters?

I love the fact that, like a lot of animals, they love unconditionally and are always there. To me they are as loyal and affectionate as fogs but just compressed down into a tiny hamster body.

7. What is the funniest thing your hamster has ever done?

When Edwin wakes up every night, without fail, he will run around his cage squeaking until I get him out.

8. Tell us one thing that you think every hamster owner should know

Firstly they should know all the basics, I think everything should be researched before getting a new pet but especially to not use fluffy bedding. It might look cosy and warm but it’s dangerous and shredded toilet paper is far cheaper and safer and works just as well.

9. What is your preferred type of Hamster cage?

Anything that exceeds the RSPCA minimum guidelines but my favourite hamster cage on the market is the Alexander from Zooplus. It far exceeds the minimum guidelines, has a deep base to allow for a deep layer of substrate and has 7mm bar spacing so is suitable for all species of hamster.

10. What is your preferred brand of Hamster Food?

For Syrians I use Harry Hamster and add extras to it and for dwarf hamsters and Chinesey’s I prefer JR Farm Feast for Dwarf Hamsters as it’s sugar free which is perfect for diabetes prone hamsters.

11. What is your Hamster’s favourite treat?

Edwin loves Bonio Dog Biscuits and Willow and Sheldon love Mealworms.

12. What is your Hamster’s favourite boredom breaker?

Willow and Sheldon love their Flying Saucer Wheels and Edwin loves his hanging Activity Bridge.

13. Who is the most famous Hamster in the World?

I’m not sure. Perhaps Harry Hamster from the Supreme range of Hamster foods.

14. What is the most useful hamster resource on the Internet?

I think Hamster Central and the NHC website are the best places to go for hamster advice.

15. Where can people get in touch with you and find out more about you and your hamsters?

I’m on:
Hamster Central and my username is GhostsInSnow
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ghostsinsnow
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ghostsinsnow1
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/ghostsinsnow1

I hope you enjoyed the interview and a huge thanks once again to Hannah for taking the time to answer the questions!