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A year of Merry
Saturday 18th September 2021 3:41 pm

I've now had Merry for a year! When I got him he was a baby who liked food, running and climbing. Now he's a big hamster who likes food, running and climbing. They supposedly get a bit more chill once they're a year old, but he hasn't read that book.

Merry in travel cage

Merry when I first got him

Merry on the sofa

Merry now


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Merry photos
Wednesday 17th February 2021 7:36 pm

Merry being up in the morning is quite handy for photograph taking with a bit of light. These are from a couple of weeks ago when he ran around the lounge while I worked and didn't go to bed until nearly 10am!

Merry by the skirting board

Merry by the shelf

Merry by the door


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Steps to clean out hamster wee
Saturday 16th January 2021 9:02 pm
  1. Change water
  2. Shake sand bath/hamster bathroom and pick out lumps
  3. Open food box
  4. When hamster appears at door of his house, offer him some food. When he sniffs it, but turns his nose up at it offer him the piece of veg you've been saving for him from dinner and is right by his cage so he can smell it
  5. Open lid of house and watch as hamster takes veg to his ensuite and sits there to eat it
  6. Wait for hamster to move
  7. Pick up handfuls of substrate, put it to your nose and sniff it to see if it smells of wee
  8. Regret it
  9. Remember that you made a mental note last time not to sniff so hard or put it so close to nose
  10. Make mental note not to do that next time
  11. Fill nappy sack with smelly/wet substrate
  12. Wash hands
  13. Return to find hamster sitting in space where en suite was
  14. Throw fresh substrate on hamster
  15. Watch hamster go to bed
  16. Go to put lid on
  17. Find hamster has got out of bed and is sitting on edge of house walls
  18. Offer hamster food
  19. Hamster takes food
  20. Hamster wants more food
  21. Give hamster an entire day's worth of food
  22. Watch hamster add food to pantry/en suite
  23. Put house lid back on
  24. Put everything away and wash hands again
  25. Return to find hamster has investigated the food that magically appeared in his bowl and is now disappearing down the top entrance of his house, giving you a good view of his balls

Merry in his house


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Merry in my lounge
Thursday 26th November 2020 7:08 pm

This is Merry telling me he wants to come out and play

Merry on the bars

Theoretically it would allow me to get better photos of him because he's not always in a dark corner, but that does require him to stay still, which doesn't happen a lot. He likes running around very fast and trying to climb things, even if they're unclimbable (like the wall).

Merry with a crocheted cat

He has not yet learnt that if he gets up earlier he can run around for longer. I've tried convincing him, but he really likes his bed in the evenings. He does a very good puppy dog expression when I put him back in his cage so I can go to bed.

Merry sad


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Merry
Wednesday 14th October 2020 5:18 pm

I've been neglecting this blog a bit. I realised since I post at [info]tardis-library every week (ish) I could post here every week too. And I've been very remiss on not introducing you to Merry, since I've have him for four weeks.

Merry in travel cage

He loves running on his wheel - it's pretty much the first thing he does when he gets up at night - he only goes and looks for the food that's magically appeared around his cage later.

He's used to be handled, so I can pick him up and stroke him, but he lumps it rather than likes it. He's happy to take treats (and food, but he prefers treats) off my hand. But unless I'm feeding him or sorting out his wee, he's scared of me being around - if he gets up for a drink and I talk to him or move, he freezes. He's a silly boy (as I tell him often).

Merry on the sofa

Hopefully he'll be up for coming out to play a bit more, so then there will be more photos of him. Photos of just his head don't come out well after dark, and in a dark corner of my lounge/


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Stuff I love: Sammy
Sunday 24th February 2019 12:34 pm

Stuff I love

I haven't done much of this meme, but I couldn't not include Sammy.

Sammy

I discovered recently that he is tame - the definition is pretty much not scared of me, trusts me, doesn't freak out immediately if you hold him. He has had all four feet on my hand a few times. It's just hard to get him to do it because he's big enough to stretch to get all the food on my hand. He still freezes if I talk to him when he's up - as if he's been caught out. I think he's just not a people person. Which is fine, because neither am I.

He is all about the food. I don't put very much in his food bowl because he gets all his food from my hands or from the food I've buried around his cage. Not that he realises I'm the one who buries it. A while ago he had a couple of days of getting up earlier and went around his cage looking for the food that I hadn't buried yet.

He is pretty lazy. I put a treat in a cardboard puzzle. Missy would have destroyed it in less than two minutes. I make his easier and he finally gets round to them after two weeks. Male hamsters tend to be more laid back and Sammy is as laid back as it's possible to get.

Sammy


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