Westchester Rescued Hamster Haven

I have to plug this Hamster Rescue page I follow on Facebook. The owner of the rescue, Claudie, who also maintains the page, posts regularly. And I enjoy the daily adorable pictures, information, and adoption stories. This is a lady with a huge heart! Who gives previously unwanted hamsters a better life! Truly an inspiration. And must have on your Facebook feed! Please spread the word especially, if you live in New York and are interested in adopting or know someone there who is.

1375880_1464362580461522_234479571_n

https://www.facebook.com/RescuedHamsterHaven

This is a wonderful write up about her Rescue as well:

http://www.smallanimalchannel.com/critter-exclusives/meet-claudie-the-hamster-whisperer.aspx

Mocha’s January 2015 Cage Tour

Mocha is in the Ferret Kit 100/ Mamble in the UK. He is not a climber but he does adore Ovo tubes. So, I wired the tubes around his cage. This deters him from climbing too high if her were to. The tubes would be in his way. If I start to see him scaling the bars I’ll put in hammocks. I did have hammocks in the last cage he was in but he doesn’t care for them. So far this set up makes him quite happy. And me too!

IMG_7986

Gerbil’s Cage Tour

My 3 boys are in a glass curio cabinet that is turned on its back. No, it’s not actually a Detolf. I do not have an IKEA nearby me and the cost of IKEA’s shipping is astronomical. I instead found a facsimile on Amazon. What I love about this cabinet is that unlike the Detolf this one does not have bars running down vertically. Only the four that run horizontally.

IMG_8002 IMG_8003

I could not be more pleased with this cage. I have finally found what is for me a perfect Gerbil cage. Thanks to HammyLux on youtube I was inspired in making the lids for it.

I have found that these boys are much less the burrowing gerbils and spend more of their time in the “desert” side. They love to run about in the more open space. My past gerbils were more burrows who would spend the bulk of their time chewing and making elaborate tunnels. They also did not care for wheels but with these 3 gerbils two of them are very fond of the wheel. It is amazing how different my gerbil experience is with this trio compared to the last pair. May they RIP. I do wish I had had this cabinet when Lennon and Mercury were still with us. Oh, how much they would have enjoyed it.

Finally, some decent pictures of my new boys!

DSC_3464

Mr. Pettypaws has white bands on his paws. He is an insomniac and wheel addict. I do not think this lively boy ever sleeps! He probably naps with his eyes wide open as he never wants to miss a thing. He’s very assertive and bold. Shows no fear in anything!

DSC_3481

Little Bear is a runt but has grown quite satisfactory now that he is on a very healthy diet of Gerri Gerbil, mealworms, fresh veggies and fruit, and various assortments of lab blocks. He also is fond of the wheel but not as much as Mr. Pettypaws. He is also very bold and can be a little feisty!

DSC_3491

This is George. He was very skittish of the 3 but now he is like a different gerbil. He’s now a camera hog. Tries to be in all the video and camera shots. And does all sorts of acrobatic antics to get noticed. I hardly recognize him from the darting and hiding shy gerbil I brought home. He’s also the most serious of the 3. And probably the most gentle. He doesn’t care for the wheel at all.

DSC_3522

This is Mocha Dune. He is gorgeous with a dark rich ebony upper half and a warm sable, espresso colored brown on his bottom half. White strip up his belly to his chest and under his chin and all four paws. He is absolutely striking. He’s very alert. Bouncy! And loves ovo tubes more than anything. He’s very gentle and friendly to the boys. I had not planned on picking up a new Syrian when I went into the store. I was there for Gerbils. But I could not resist him the moment I saw him.

The Ever So Silent Carolina Storm Express Wheel.

I’ve had the Carolina Storm Express Wheel (originally created for use of Hedgehogs) for a few months now and so I can tell you why you should not buy any other wheel but this one. (He also makes the Carolina Storm Bucket Wheel).

So, firstly I have to get this out.

#1 Reason this exercise wheel is awesome? It’s made in North Carolina. Let’s just put that out there. Coming from a Native North Carolinian – well ….if it was made in NC it has to be good. *wink*

#2 It is a QUIET wheel. The fans aren’t pulling your leg. This is the most silent wheel I have ever had. I have had Comfort Wheel, Silent Spinner, Wodent Wheel, and the Flying Saucer disc wheels. None of those are really quiet. All of these have broken from being flimsy. All of them were overpriced. ALL of them are a pain in the butt to clean!!! Which leads me to #3 & #4 …

#3 It is easy to clean. EASY.

#4 It is STURDY. I mean you have to try to break this thing on purpose and even then it might take a hammer. It’s made from a bucket and pvc piping and a roller blade wheel. Seriously! (I’m sure there is more to it but as a DIY junkie to another – that deserves major props for inventiveness.

#5 This wheel is adjustable. It has holes in the stand to adjust height and angle. Genius!

#6 It is pretty! (Or cool if you are a dude) There are several colors to choose from. I ordered the purple though now I’m kind of annoyed with myself because the color kind has worn on me (completely my own fault and a trivial issue) and I regret not ordering the Teal which was my original choice. The good news is I plan on ordering another because I am eventually replacing my wheels with all CSE Wheels! He also makes the Bucket Wheel which from what I understand the only difference is it’s wider for running space and it looks slightly different as it’s a different type of bucket used. The CSE is slimmer in comparison. So that is something to consider. I like the CSE for it taking up a little less space in the cage however, the Bucket wheel is probably a really great choice for a wider, chunkier Syrian. Really, I’m sure any ham would appreciate more running width. But for those trying to save space the CSE is probably what you want to go with.

#7 Larry, the maker, is a nice guy. And if you head over to his Facebook you can see all his adorable Hedgies and other adorable creatures and the absolute devotion and TLC he gives them all.

How nice is it to get a best quality product and also supporting not some corporation but home business? A business that actually cares for small animals?

Here is a video of my NEW (super new) hammy Mocha Dune running on his CSE!

If you type in the wheel in Youttube you will find a few other reviews on it. And if you are ready to order this is his website. You can also order from his Etsy account!

http://www.carolinastormhedgehogs.com/storm-bucket-wheel.html

 

Have a Very Hammy Christmas!

10525835_497258527083621_5104344919355137482_n

Bob is not doing well. He’s old and he’s losing strength in his legs. But he is such a survivor! He keeps on trucking. Keeps himself well groomed despite it all. And still drags about the cage (took the wheel out) doing activities very slowly. He is blind now I think. He’s still keeping that robust appetite. It’s pretty much a thing where I could expect to find him crossed over to Rainbow Bridge tomorrow or a couple months from now but I cannot imagine it will be much longer. I just hope it won’t be before Christmas if it has to be soon. He’s my heart ham. I just cannot imagine him gone.

Weeks ago Patch passed. I have yet to do his memorial post. I just couldn’t do another one at the time. I’ve been going through some other personal things and that on top of it was just not priority since it seemed just another somber thing to tack to the life list. I will in time post one for him. Just not right now. He did, however, pass peacefully from his old age. He was curled up as if sleeping.

Gabriel and Bob have a very spoiled Christmas this year. Wicker balls, hay tunnels, Foraging and Sun Salads, Millet Spray and Fox Millet. And Wheat Grass which I just set up and put by the window so it will begin to grow!

I went ahead and gave Bob a couple of his presents – the wicker ball and the hay tunnel. I wanted him to enjoy them now just in case.

Because Bob has been slowing down drastically I’ve been giving him much more fruit and vegetables than normal to ensure his hydration. He gets greens everyday. Either fresh uncooked collards, kale, mustard greens, parsley, cilantro, baby spinach, turnip greens, brussel sprout, or broccoli. A carrot as a non-green sometimes. And at a separate time of the day either a small slice of Strawberry, or Kiwi, or a cranberry, blueberry, or apple slice. And then I give him some sort of soft protein. A pinch of plain scrambled egg, or baked chicken usually. A portion of egg shell as well when I boil an egg. I’ve not resorted to baby food or anything yet since he has no issues with chewing. In fact he chews a lot more than ever before on his hay mat and wood bendy bridges and loo rolls because it’s one of the few activities he can still manage to busy himself.

Gabriel in his older age has become even less skittish. He still doesn’t appreciate being handled much. Clicks and does this vibrating thing when he is picked up. A Chinese Hamster sort of thing I imagine. But comes up plenty to beg for his veggie treats. Or he’ll run about his cage in a pattern. Through every tunnel and in and out of every shelter, across every bridge, up his drift wood and then back to his paws on the window of his Tamburino staring with those big mousy eyeballs at me. He is so adorable. I feel like he and I have this very strong mutual understanding and respect thing going on.

I cannot believe I am down to two hammys. Two rodents. I will have two more gerbils but I want to build a much better topper. Wood framed and much better meshing with a nice door and plexiglass shields around the bottom sides to prevent a mess. I am also interested in possibly using plexiglass and sealants and such to make my own “tank” for the bottom. A custom shape and size. Being that in American we cannot purchase a “gerbilarium” like they have overseas I will have to just improvise. It will be a fun project for the future!

Hope you all have Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!

I’ve been terrible at responding or keeping up with things here but I’ve just been a bit buried under issues. But hopefully this will turn around!