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Randy Rodents? HAMSTERRIFIC! Review with images

AdvantagesFluffy?

DisadvantagesSex Drive - Incessant Exercise - Crafty and Cunning

"...appraisal nonetheless [cue clicks for member centre]. A while ago, my girlfriend and I journeyed out to Wyevale to peruse their Christmas decorations. Accessing the Christmas section involved passing the pets. One ongoing argument and ten minutes later, we emerged with three fluffy rodents, seventy quid lighter, and with no decorations. Welcome to the world of the Roborovski Hamster (Phodopus Roborovski). FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Roborovski ..." Read review
07.02.2004

Ciao members have rated this review on average: exceptional

Community Level 5silvajade

silvajade

New and Old Hampster Owners Review with images

AdvantagesThey require very little care, come in different sizes and colours

DisadvantagesNocturnal creatures (see below), very fast, cunningly clever, can be noisey

"I own two white dwarf Russian hamsters, named Ralph and Englebert Finn. They are not my first pair of hamsters and as a second time owner of these little creatures, I would still recommend that you seek advice about how to care for them. Look at books, see a local vet for your key information. Don’t go to a pet shop as your first choice to get advise about your potential pet, as the information that they are most likely to give you, will be to sell ..." Read review
20.11.2004

Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful

Community Level 5abcdefg

abcdefg

Alice? Alice? Who the **** is Alice? RIP Alice Review with images

AdvantagesEasy to keep, Cute, Cheap, Very Entertaining

DisadvantagesNoisy at night, Craves Excitement, Sneaks Out

"***Introduction*** From the beginning of the 1900's the golden hamster was thought to be extinct, however in 1930 a female and her offspring were discovered in the Syrian desert. Both hamsters were captured and kept for breeding (inbreeding common), which has kept the population alive today. Hamsters are very popular as small pets, but owners must realise that although they are undemanding, clean and easily tamed, they are naturally nocturnal ..." Read review
17.04.2007

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Community Level 5kthdsn

kthdsn

So you want a hamster? Review with images

AdvantagesThey are so cute

DisadvantagesThey don't live very long

"I was inspired to write this review as lately we have had a lot of trouble with our pets. We keep hamsters, and I have owned them at several different points in my life. I have also done a lot of research about different hamster species and their behaviours, and I would like to share with you what i have learnt from both my research and my experience as a hamster owner. There are five different species of hamster which all have different characteristics ..." Read review
10.11.2004

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Iss not rat Mr Fawlty - iss Hamsta!

AdvantagesInexpensive and easy to look after

Disadvantagesonly live two years

"I've had a succession of at least a dozen hamsters over the past forty years, and whilst my current menagerie doesn't feature one, I guess I've owned enough to express an opinion from a moderately experienced perspective. Let's state right off, that I've only kept 'Syrian' or golden hamsters, the 'original' Mesocricetus Auratus - which in the wild is a solitary animal, living the semi-desert scrubland of the middle east. This shouldn't be confused ..." Read review
07.05.2004

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Community Level 7kazziebears

kazziebears

For Dipstick, Hebo, KD, Fing and Harvey!!! Review with images

AdvantagesIdeal first pet. Rest is in the op

DisadvantagesShortish life span

"I’m looking after my niece’s hamster for a week. She usually takes it away with her when they go on holiday, my brother has a caravan, but as they have gone to Majorca this time she asked me if Harvey could come and stay with me for the week. I’m very honoured she asked me, not that she doesn’t trust me with H, it’s just that this is one very adored hamster, and is rated pretty highly among her menagerie of rabbits, guinea pigs and fish. It's ..." Read review
25.10.2004

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Community Level 2pennyborton

pennyborton

Sleep All Day, Party All Night.

AdvantagesGorgeous, little, low maintenance creatures. Entertaining.

DisadvantagesThe night life. Short life span (I had Chewbacca for only a year before she got ill)

"I recently bought Wickit, my second pet hamster, after my first one, Chewbacca, was sadly put to sleep. I decided to buy another hamster rather than not bothering again or going for a more 'substantial' pet because hamsters are, in a word, great. They have loads of character; keep me amused for hours on end; are surprisingly affectionate to their owner and, above all else, are really cute. Unfortunately Wickit, because she is so young, is still ..." Read review
11.01.2002

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Community Level 7offy

offy

Mating can be fatal

Advantagescheap to buy, house and feed, suitable for children

Disadvantagesnocturnal, squeaky wheel, short lifespan

"Syrian hamsters are very cute, cheap to feed and need very little space, but don't be tempted to think they are lonely and buy them a mate. They are likely to kill each other. BREEDING I have bred hamsters in the past and it is a very delicate job. The females come into season every four days and you have to rub just about their tail to check if 'tonight's the night'. If it is, you can risk putting the male with the female in a neutral place ..." Read review
02.10.2001

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Community Level 4kimmi224

kimmi224

great pet's!

Advantagesthey are so cute!

Disadvantageskeep you up ll night!

"Being a big animal lover, and coming from a home that could probley be mistaken for an animal shelter! I fall in love with animals very easily! My new love is molly, my hamster. I went to a good pet shop to get my hamster, I didn’t want to go anywhere like pet smart, as the animals are kept badly, and most of them are too young to be homed. I choose molly as she was the cutest looking hamster in the tank, I was told she was 6 weeks old and what ..." Read review
10.09.2004

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Community Level 4racheldarcy

racheldarcy

A little furry ball of fun

AdvantagesEasy and cheap to look after

DisadvantagesDon't survive too long

"As a student I had a pet hamster. He kept me company once my flat mates moved out.He was so easy to look after that I thought I would write an op about them. My hamster was a russian dwarf hamster which are smaller (hence the dwarf doh!!) than normal hamsters. You cannot buy then until they are 6 weeks old. fortunately by this time you can tell whether they are male or female (just ask the person in the shop). Do not buy a male and female unless ..." Read review
12.10.2001

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Community Level 4mailmekm

mailmekm

A rewarding experience.

AdvantagesSuitable pets for any ages, easy to look after, and fun!

DisadvantagesHamsters lives are quite short, vulnerable to coughs and colds.

"Hamsters make ideal pets for children and adults alike. I find that a lot of enjoyment can be had from keeping a hamster. Although mine does keep me awake well into the small hours! It is a very rewarding experience, and the more work you put in to cleaning out its cage, providing it with daily excersise, etc, then the more rewarding it is. If you are keen to buy a hamster, it is a very good idea to either buy, or take out a book from the libary, ..." Read review
09.10.2001

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Community Level 4carol_uk

carol_uk

Furry Little Friends

AdvantagesFun, no hastle

Disadvantagescages sometimes smelly

"I decided to talk about hamsters tonight, reason being is because I have a hamster (bubles) and my brother has a hamster, and my boyfriend has 3 !!! Now the hamsters that myself and my brother had are the babies from 2 of my boyfriends hamsters....and now, those hamsters have made 4 more!!!! ALL VERY CONFUSING LET ME TELL YOU!!! My hamster tales start from Christmas last year when I bought my boyfriend, James, a little hamster from the pet shop ..." Read review
18.11.2002

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Community Level 2youresorad

youresorad

Everything You Need To Know About Hamsters

AdvantagesVery cute, easy to look after, fun and playful pets

DisadvantagesDon't live for that long

"Hamsters in my opinion are the cutest pets you can have! At the moment I have a silver-grey and white banded hamster called Dizzy (I’ll explain the colourings later) and as she’s my fifth hamster I feel that I know enough about them to pass on my knowledge to everyone else! I’ll just be talking about Golden Hamsters (sometimes called the Syrian hamster). As I’ve already mentioned the colourings I’ll begin with them. When a hamster is ‘banded’ it ..." Read review
24.11.2002

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Community Level 3jayl

jayl

Great little furry friends

AdvantagesEasy to look after, great fun

DisadvantagesDont live very long

"With hamsters there are no vaccinations that you can give to prevent diseases, in the way you can with pet cats and dogs.Fortunately, hamsters are pretty sturdy, low maintenance pets, and long as you provide them with suitable food and housing problems are rare. A healthy hamster should be bright and active, except when alseep during the day. Hamsters can gp into a state of hibernating if the temperature drops too low. Their teeth grow all the time, ..." Read review
22.01.2003

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Community Level 6Sarah_Louise

Sarah_Louise

Oooh so sweet

AdvantagesGreat pets, cute, fun, cheap to keep

DisadvantagesShort lifespan.

"R.I.P. Nibbles :( Nibbles was my first hamster. I got her when I was 14. She lived for 3 years. Why did I call her Nibbles? Well lets just say she 'christened' my finger before I'd even got her home! More about that later though. If you (or your child) wants a hamster then don’t worry - let them have one! Don't believe the horror stories you hear from people about them - they aren't true! ============ ~ Good points ~ ============ 1)They ..." Read review
25.09.2001

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