Bob gives me a scare

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So, a few days ago in the middle of the night, Bob got out of his cage and fell a little over a foot. The fall in itself wasn’t that high but it was the circumstance that would make it a weird fall. His door opens up and I usually clip it shut. However, I sometimes forget. That night was one of those times. And sadly Bob with his mighty strength, lifted the door with his teeth, squeezed under, probably was trapped and pushed forward and fell in a very forced way.

When I happened on him in the hamster room that next afternoon while going through some things in there – he was squeaking at me. I checked him out and put him back in his cage and watched him. That was when I noticed his mouth was funny. It was a little crooked on the right side. Like he had a fat lip or something. Because his teeth aligned. He yawned. Pouched food. Ate. Drank. He acted normal except he looked broken! In the mouth! But how can a hamster do those things with dislocation or a break? So I thought perhaps a little stroke from the stress…but he had no other symptoms of stroke.

So, as these things happen (with my kids especially) it happened over the weekend. So, I observed him all weekend and Monday I took him in to see the vet. And he was a very nice person and knew much about hamsters and treated Bob just as importantly as he would a Great Dane. Even complimented him! Bob was a fine gentleman!

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Bob hiding in his tube before his exam. He senses something is afoot.

Bob, after the exam and inspection, is found to be swollen in the right pouch area which was causing the “fat lip” pretty much and causing his tongue to stick out to the right and even separated his bottom two teeth a little. Otherwise, he was fine and had a clean bill of health.

So, we came home with some anti-inflammatory medication for 3 days. If it hasn’t improved in a week I am to go back and they will take x-rays but he did not believe it was a break or dislocation. And he did quite a check on Bob. He said other than swelling his pouch is fine.

As we went to Banfield inside the Petsmart I was also able to shop for plenty of treats for Bob (and the other critters get to benefit too).

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I got asked that famous question all passionate hammy owners get asked in Petsmart check out lines (You have a lot of pets?) Because you buy from the bird, chinchilla, guinea pig, and sometimes reptile sections for acceptable treats! “Nope, just a lot of hamsters and a couple gerbils!” Also pictured is his 3 oral suspension medications. He was given one directly after I took this picture.

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And then he was put back in his cage and given this treat for being such a good boy!

I don’t think I have to tell any one reading this what it has felt like. To worry and feel guilt and to think the worst! So, now that I have found that he’ll indeed be okay and it’s not as terrible as it could have been and now he has medication to make him feel more comfort! Well, I’m very relieved. You don’t realize how much you love a critter until something like this happens!

So, I don’t believe I will ever forget to clip the door to his cage ever again! Oh, my heart!

And before I leave this post I want to also add that the timing was wonderful. His custom quilted hammocks arrived today. I put them in and he was having such a ball climbing into them and going from one to the other and down to his wheel (I had taken his wheel from him for the weekend as I wasn’t sure what type of injury he had) and then back in the hammocks! I’ll make another post tomorrow about his hammocks and with pictures! They are GORGEOUS! I will link who makes them and why you MUST get your custom rodent hammocks from her! She is an absolute doll and a pro with her sweet quilt making skills!

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The Good and the Bad of a Major Toy Haul

Well, I have nothing but good to say about the actual store Bobby’s Bunny Boutique. Great customer service and communication. For a voyage from Canada to Maryland it was pretty fast shipping. And to be extra sweet they threw in a bag of treats for my critters! Which I have to say they absolutely LOVE.

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Bob enjoying his treat from Bobby’s Bunny Boutique. Continue reading

Gerbilarium Clean – a quiet critter talk week for me

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Well I haven’t had much to discuss this week surprisingly! Oh, that is a lie as I always have ideas and thoughts but I have been busy with other non-critter projects this week and so I haven’t been focused on writing much at all and I haven’t taken hammy or gerbil pictures insanely enough. Just have been enjoying them without click click click!

I did do a gerbilarium clean with a substrate I have been anxious to try!! Native Earth Shredded Aspen. As you see it’s lovely. It has the texture of shredded hemp substrate but I like it much better than the Lifemate Hemp. It is sturdier so the gerbils can tunnel easy in it! Much easier than the shavings. But it’s also soft at the same time! Less dusty. And still as inexpensive as the shavings by Kaytee and in just as huge a bag. I got mine from Pet 360 with free super fast shipping.

This time I layered the bottom with several cardboard boxes of various shapes and sizes and the drift wood was set on top of them. Then dumped the substrate and shoved some cardboard tubes in there and hay. They went right to work in there. By the end of the month they will have it piled up with all the wood and cardboard they shred.

April Shout Outs! Youtube Edition

So, something I’ve wanted to do for some time is shout outs for channels on YouTube or websites or blogs that I feel are informative about hamsters or fun while reflecting appropriate standards and care for hamsters. I’ve mentioned Erin’s Hamsters before when her account was hacked and she had to make another channel in the meantime as it was restored. So to clarify that she HAS resumed her original channel here you go:

 

Erin’s Hamsters channel is the entire package. She does informative hamster care, DIY toys and treats, etc, and adorable videos of her hamsters.

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And Hopping Hammy!: This lady has some major awesome video editing skills. Her videos are like something from TLC or Bravo programming. Very cute, shiny, colorful upbeat videos that are a joy to watch.

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And finally Chocolatecolors26: I am new to this channel but from the videos I’ve seen already there is great information about products and proper diets and toys and such.

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So, if you are an avid Youtuber and you are here reading this blog because you obviously adore hamsters – then do check their channels out. Like. Subscribe. Share! We need more and more blogs, sites, and channels out there about proper care for our furry friends!

Could not believe my eyes!

Well, let’s cut to the chase – there is a store called Bobby’s Bunny Boutique in Canada and they ship to the USA for what I feel is inexpensive shipping cost and alike that of shipping from within our own country.

I learned of this company from Chocolatecolors26 on Youtube when she was sharing her hamster haul.

If you are in the United States and have been envious of the wooden toys and houses for hamsters that they have in the UK – well, you might want to check out the Rodent section on this website.

I have ordered two of these Forest Wooden cottages (for Bob and Penny). I am exceptionally excited but even more so for my friend Kerri who has been seeking out these houses for her hamsters for AGES.

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Then I ordered the Activity Assault Course for Penny

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Then for Bob the Activity Climbing Tower:

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Then the Woodsies Flower Garland for the Gerbils!

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And to just push my order to 75 to get free shipping as I was only a few dollars away I got this cute Christmas tree that a HC friend Tina had for her hammy and I am a sucker for Christmas and decorating for Christmas and wanted this cute thing so much! I wanted to get one for all my hamsters as it’s so cute and inexpensive but it all adds up so one will do for now. Perhaps in the future as there was one more item they had listed but was out of stock (The Activity Suspension Bridge) that I want for Penny’s cage so much.

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I’d have gotten something more for the Gerbils but they chew so much wood that for the price it’s not worth the money. My hamsters gnaw a little on wood but not to the extent that gerbils do and would of course.

So, I expect that coming from Canada it might take a little longer to arrive. I am not sure WHERE in Canada it’s coming from which would make much of the difference in the shipping time. But coming from that youtuber I know they are a reputable company and I am grateful they keep UK products like this in stock and with affordable prices as well affordable shipping even had I not qualified for free shipping. And hey – they offer free shipping at all is something to be grateful of! Not all sites do that!

When it all arrives I will of course post about that and do another shout out for Bobby’s Bunny Boutique!!

Now …how to explain this to my husband after we established a budget! Oops.

Gerbil Tank Topper a Hit!

I am SO happy. Today was a good day. I made a friend and her hammy happy but also I finished (well to a point finished) the tank topper for the gerbils. Scratches and puncture wounds and 3 days of wrestling with mesh, wire, pliers, and duct tape and here we go! (And two videos of it.)

Sorry for my crappy pictures. My external flash went out on my Canon and I misplaced the battery charger for my Nikon (we’re camera nerds in this house) so I’ve been using the iphone mostly.

 

Note: The pipe cleaner closures for the door is TEMPORARY – I have ordered springs to attach hooks to make a spring latch on both sides!

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These were some seriously happy gerbils. Mercury in particular doesn’t know what to do with himself. He is up and down the mesh. Climbing up and down the platforms. Jumping in and down from the tube swing. He chewed the twine off and slid down the tube swing like a slide and Lennon – the obsessive chewer – went to work chewing the heck out of the tube. LOL. My husband sat back watching them this evening and cracking up. We’ve never seen them like this.

The bottom is now full substrate and driftwood. Now they can have at it down there. Foot loose and fancy free! The food, sand pot (their potty), and water bottles will be substrate free upstairs!

Here are two videos. The first is my voice talking about it.

And this one is with just music but it’s when they were first getting into the new digs!

Oh, obviously I decided I wasn’t fond of the duct tape from before. Or the height. I changed to my favorite decorative tape ever. And before that I did trim off a few inches of the height. What is coming up (if you don’t listen to me in the video) is the latches for the door. I have them on the way from Amazon. Spring latches. They don’t come with the hooks so I’ll make hooks with paperclips. Also, for looks and not to be jabbed I am waiting for the nickel moldings on the corners at the top and the aluminum dryer tube to possibly use to connect the levels. But right now the driftwood is doing the job as a ladder!

I am so proud. So happy. So triumphant. Seeing how enthralled they are with it makes my heart soar. It took so long for these gerbils to trust me. To not be terrified of people. To not run away every time I approached the tank. I have slowly but surely built up their trust and the more I do for them the more I see them appreciate it and come out of their shells. And this really pleases me!