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Further Adventures of a Pampered Hamster

Updated on July 5, 2016
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Seafarer Mama/Karen has been writing since she was ten. She is a published author & finds inspiration from a variety of sources & settings.

Fun in the Playground

Photo of Elsa enjoying her explorations of her playground built of blocks
Photo of Elsa enjoying her explorations of her playground built of blocks | Source

Hello, My name is Elsa

Hello. My name is Elsa Piper Annabeth and I am a black and brown Syrian hamster belonging to a human girl named Jasmine. She loves to play with me and comes to my cage every evening when she hears me moving around in my townhouse.

My human girl has a mother and a father who also love to play with me. All three of them pet me and let me climb around their arms and shoulders. They tell me I'm beautiful and pamper me with lots of affection and play. They give me fresh fruit and veggies, rolled oats and sunflower seeds as treats. Jasmine loves to build me playgrounds out of blocks or a cardboard box with a rainbow arch in it to climb around. Her friends love to come over and play with me, too. Everyone is very gentle and kind to me and tell me how much they love me.

I am taken care of very well by Jasmine and her parents. They give me fresh filtered water to drink every day and clean my cage every week. Sometimes they change my nest bedding several times a week, for I am sometimes lazy about climbing down the tube and I pee in my nest instead. They let me climb into my clear runabout ball to explore their house safely while they clean my home.

Where my treats come from

The big white box with a door, which my human girl opens to take out treats to feed me
The big white box with a door, which my human girl opens to take out treats to feed me | Source
Carrots are yummy and sweet, and contain lots of nutrients for hamster like me.
Carrots are yummy and sweet, and contain lots of nutrients for hamster like me. | Source

Food

My human girl mommy has a big white box in her kitchen with a door that opens and closes. She calls it a refrigerator. That's a long word. From that box she and her family take out yummy treats for me to eat. She chops up carrots, snap peas and berries that are delicious to feast on. They usually give me small bites to nibble in addition to the food that they leave in my pantry bowl.

One of my favorite times of the day is when one of her parents holds me and she takes my treats out of that big white box to give me my favorite nibbles. I know what is coming and I usually scurry around their shoulders, arms and laps with excitement when I see those delicious treats being cut up for me. Yum!

The best treats for me are vegetables that help me keep my teeth trim, like carrots. Cucumbers are okay, too. Lettuce gives me lots of fiber. My family knows enough to not feed me celery because it is hard for me to digest and would make me sick. Carrots are my favorite because they give my teeth lots of chewy action and taste sweet. The humans love to listen to the sound of my nibbling.

My townhouse and sleeping nest

My spacious and comfy townhouse home.
My spacious and comfy townhouse home. | Source
My sleeping nest in the penthouse keeps the impression of my body when I climb out of bed for the evening.
My sleeping nest in the penthouse keeps the impression of my body when I climb out of bed for the evening. | Source

My home

Jasmine bought me a triple-decker luxury townhouse for my first birthday this year. It's a colorful home that gives me lots to do. I love to climb and to chew, and have a potty area separate from my food and toys.

My first floor is where my toys and hamster-shaped day bed are. I love to chew on my pretty wooden wheel-and-axle toy and hop across the building blocks she puts in there for me. My food bowl and pantry area are filled with my daily dry kibble, a hay cube, and hard protein chews to keep my teeth trim. I like to hide them around my home so that there is always something to nibble wherever I am.

The two red shelves are fun to hang out on. One of them is the place I sit to drink my water, which is always fresh and cool. She usually leaves me a chew toy to play with on the other one. Since I prefer to run around in the ball, I use the wheel as a walkway between the red platforms so that I can roll from one to the other as often as I want.

My Nest

My bedroom is in the penthouse of my home. Jasmine gives me bedding and cotton balls to tear apart and mold into a cozy, warm bed that muffles sounds so that I can get enough beauty sleep. When I leave my nest to run down the long blue tube to the first floor, the nest keeps the shape of my body. The space feels oh so comfortable and cozy and I feel safe to fall asleep there. Sometimes Jasmine's mother plays her wooden Native American flute to help me relax, especially when I start biting on the cage bars ~ which really isn't good for me to do.

Greetings

Elsa eating her home-made birthday treat from her human girl
Elsa eating her home-made birthday treat from her human girl | Source
Elsa and her human girl
Elsa and her human girl | Source

My Birthday and other Special Occasions

My First Birthday

Jasmine made a birthday cake for me when I turned one. She melted some yummy yogurt nibbles and spread the goo like icing on top of a hay cube for me to nibble. She also created little balls of my kibble held together with melted yogurt chew goo. She gave them to me once a week so that I wouldn't get so much sugar, which is not god for me to have any more often than that ~ if at all.

Seasonal Treats

At harvest time in the fall, Jasmine gave me roasted pumpkin seeds and apple slices as treats. In early winter, around the solstice, she gave me lettuce and sunflower seeds. In June, when the strawberries ripened in her family's garden, she gave me a taste of one. She did her best to give me only the most healthy treats she could find to supplement my diet, so that I could stay healthy and lead a long and pleasant life with her as my mommy.

Elsa's Valentine Greeting

The Care and Feeding of a Healthy Hamster

Home Environment
Food
Human Handling/Play
Quiet
Cool, fresh water changed daily
Scoop up from underneath
Spacious
Food bowl full of kibble
Offer run-about ball 1/2 hour at a time
Stimulating
Plenty of apple sticks and hard chews
Build playground to scamper around
*A place to hide
Small treats of garden veggies and fruit
Provide chinchilla dust to bathe in and keep cool
A bed to make a nest and sleep
Oats, organic toasted O's & hay blocks are okay treats
Gently hold and use body as a playground
*Clean; refreshed weekly
*No sugar ~ can cause diabetes, which can lead to premature heart failure!
* Only handle if hamster willingly climbs into your hand!
Tips for keeping your hamster happy and healthy and ready to live out the longest lifespan possible for the species

Friendship is a Delicious Berry

Elsa enjoying a piece of blackberry
Elsa enjoying a piece of blackberry | Source

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Rest In Peace, our little Friend!

Elsa's final portrait before her untimely departure from this world.
Elsa's final portrait before her untimely departure from this world. | Source
The mausoleum by our wooded labyrinth that my daughter and her friend built above her final resting place.
The mausoleum by our wooded labyrinth that my daughter and her friend built above her final resting place. | Source

In Memorium

Our sweet little hamster friend, Elsa Piper Annabeth was born on January 16, 2015 and passed over the rainbow bridge on June 23, 2016. She lived 17 months, 15 of which were spent in our care.

Elsa was easy to tame and gave us many moments of sweet, cuddly friendship. She eagerly climbed up our arms and legs and burrowed herself down into the crooks of our elbows. There were so many things she loved to do with us and we have many happy memories of our time spent with her. She was a magical creature as far as we were concerned and we thought she was destined to live a very long life.

Her death was a shock to us, for we were certain that she would thrive longer in our care. My daughter found her lifeless body in her cage one early summer afternoon when she attempted to coax her out to play with a friend. She immediately buried her near our wooded labyrinth with lots of flowers, sticks, rocks, and leaves for her lovely little spirit to run around on. We hope that she is happily playing in hamster heaven with our late Chocolate Chip and other hamster friends. We miss her!

© 2016 Karen Szklany Gault

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      An enjoyable read even though it ends with the passing.....thanks for sharing and I hope you are well.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 10 months ago from New England

      Thank you for stopping and reading. I really did mean to publish this hub way before Elsa left us, but ran out of time. Glad you enjoyed reading it despite the sad ending.

      We are well...and enjoying summer. Hope all is well with you out there in Washington State. :0)

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This was a nice story to read. I am sure Elsa enjoyed her comfortable life with Jasmine and the rest of your family, even if it as only a short time. We have never had hamsters so I am not familiar with how long they usually live.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 10 months ago from New England

      Hi Jodah. Thank you for writing, and I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Hamsters generally live 18 months or so. Two years is considered a long time and three years is exceptional.

      My daughter and I went to the pet shop yesterday to adopt a new young hamster named Samantha. It's so nice to have life again in our cage....so hard to keep it empty for very long. She is the same age Elsa was when we adopted her. My daughter knows that she has a limited time with her and is prepared to love her for as long as the hamster has life in her. With each little pet we adopt, we learn more and more about how to care for them...which I hope helps us keep them healthy for longer periods of time. She will adopt an even younger, baby hamster from the same family pet store for me as a birthday present when the baby has been weaned from his/her mother. I plan to name a male hamster Rumi and a female hamster Galadriel. ~:0)

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      teaches12345 10 months ago

      Sorry for the loss of such a sweet pet. However, I enjoyed your story from her perspective. Your chart is helpful as I didn't realize sugar is harmful for these little ones.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 7 months ago from New England

      Thank you, "teaches." Glad that the chart was helpful. Yes, hamsters are prone to developing diabetes.

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