A friend gave us their old hamster cage on the weekend so we decided to adopt a hamster. We found one looking for a new home and when we went to meet her we ended up leaving with two hamsters so we are now the proud adoptive parents – or Daniel and Elizabeth are – of two Syrian hamsters.
I was a little worried about how the cat would react and at first she was scared and ran away. But later she came back and sat watching them for a while but now she’s lost interest. Here she is meeting Elizabeth’s hamster, Daisy.
Daisy bit me on Sunday afternoon. It was my fault for trying to pick her up when she had just moved into a new home and was probably scared. She created a huge and painful puncture on my index finger that generated lots of blood and swelling. The swelling is only just going down now but it’s still bruised and swollen. I rang my GP to see whether I should get a tetanus shot as it has been more than 10 years since my last booster and they said it’s not necessary for indoor hamsters although I’ve since found out that the previous owner sometimes let them play outside. Daniel was concerned and suggested I ring them back and ask for a “testosterone” injection (he meant tetanus but got confused haha). The GP said I should instead start a course of antibiotics but I’m not keen on taking antibiotics so instead they’ve given me a prescription and I’ll only use it if needed. I’ve been bathing my finger in saline solution and applying antiseptic cream to the wound so hopefully that’ll do the trick.
Here’s Daniel’s hamster: Bella.
Elizabeth has now become obsessed with hamster care and knows all about habitats and food. Consequently she says the cages we have are two small so we’re going to have to upgrade. I don’t want discourage anyone who is concerned about animal welfare and definitely not my own daughter.