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Old 09-28-2016, 02:39 PM   #1
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Talking All About My Pumpkin

On Saturday 24th September I welcomed home a new female Syrian Hamster who I adopted from the Pets at Home Adoption Centre. Earlier that day I had arrived back from my holiday in Florida, USA and was trying to keep myself busy and to help reduce jet lag in the past I would do spot cleans of my hamsters cages and would spend time with them so I thought I would set up my cage in preparation to welcome home a new arrival home later that week – but there was one thing missing from the cage . Therefore I went to some of my local pets at home looking for a female Syrian preferably one up for adoption – decided to try the store I bought Sherbet and Cookie from sadly no females and only males which I did consider but it didn’t feel right, so after contacting my local store who said they did have a female for adoption so after arriving at the store and looking in the adoption centre cages, no female Syrian and for sale where all males – so a member of staff said he would contact another store and check out the back. After a short while he returned saying the other store had females for sale but we do have a “bitey” female Syrian out the back – so I asked to see her, once he bought her cage out I saw this gorgeous face staring at me and knew instantly she had to come home with me. After talking to another staff member about her, she had considered adopting her herself, I found a bit more about her so she is around 2/3 months old and had only recently been returned and it looks like she was fed through the bars off the cage and she does bite if a finger touches the cage bars so they think she may have accidently bitten a child finger mistaking it for food which caused the child to lose interest. She didn’t show any signs of aggression or being scared just this confident, friendly and curious hamster who is absolutely gorgeous. When I adopted her she didn’t yet have a name - at the time I didn’t know what I wanted to call her so they called her Ginger for the adoption process but I have renamed her Pumpkin, which suits her colour and also as it autumn/nearly Halloween it seemed to be the perfect name for this sweet hamster.

After bringing Pumpkin home, she had so much fun exploring her new cage trying everything out; discovered her new wheel and been loving running in it and occasionally having a sleep in it, currently an 8” Trixie wheel but will be getting a 12” wheel soon as she looks like she will soon outgrow this wheel – looks like she going to be a big girl – I was going to use my bucket wheel but would prefer a wheel with a front panel so she won’t jump in and out whilst the wheel is spinning. Pumpkin has discovered so many new wood chews; some she has relocated to her nest where she chews on them and has been chewing on her whimzee alligator (she had one in her cage at p@h) and been chewing up a cardboard box – she definitely enjoying chewing. Pumpkin has definitely settled into her cage and been showing off her personality and she has mastered being cute and when she hears me coming in my bedroom she runs over to cage door and stares at me with her adorable face. Although she has one bad habit – bar chewing – although it not too bad only does it for a short amount of time but if she associates the bars with food and has been housed in a small wire cage with not much to do it is expected – but Pumpkin will soon learn bar chewing doesn’t get rewarded. I also bought some willow stick and have a huge stash of cardboard for her to chew instead of the bars – haven’t attached them to the bars yet as I don’t want to disturb her cage until I start with taming.

I have been doing the tissue trick with her, which seems to be working well she enjoys collecting all the shredded tissue and taking back to the nest – which is so cute to watch - she has made her own nest in the corner off her cage – the other day I left a few small pieces of treats in her cage with the tissue – when she found them she gobbled them up – I’m trying to get her to realise the she will find treats scattered around her cage and that they won’t be fed through the bars – as I have never fed any hamster through the bars as I don’t want they to associate that anything which touches the bars as food. I also have started talking to be quietly in which she runs over to the cage bars and sits there listening to me – she doesn’t show any signs of fear although when she hears a new sound she a little wary but is very inquisitive and once she realise its nothing she goes back to being her cute and confident self. I will be starting Pumpkin taming soon, but this will be done at her pace using the taming method I used for all my past Syrians – using the playpen which has worked well. Pumpkin is my 7th Hamster (5th Syrian Hamster), I am looking forward to spending time with her and getting to know her individual personality. Pumpkin is definitely happy in her new cage and has settled in really quickly – scent marking everything in her cage – so at least she approves of her new home. She has been keeping herself busy in her cage – she been digging in her Fitch – I think she has a tunnel between her cardboard box and the house (which she currently not sleeping in). Pumpkin never fails to put a smile on my face and it so funny to watch some of the cute things she does – she constantly up to something and has been waking up around 2pm so I can watch her in the afternoon.

Attached below are a few of photos I managed to get of Pumpkin these will be the only photos for a while until I start with taming. The first two photos show her adorable face – this show the reason why she just had to come home with me! I’m so glad I could offer Pumpkin her forever home, in which she is going to be well loved and spoilt with so many tasty treats, toys and chews – I’ve already been shopping for new toys for her and also brought back some from my holiday.

So here is Pumpkin my new troublemaker…
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Old 09-28-2016, 03:09 PM   #2
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Oh look at that face! She sounds like she's going to have a great life with you It's amazing how a hamster's behaviour can change when they're with someone who knows how to look after then properly.
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Old 09-28-2016, 03:11 PM   #3
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Awwwwwwwwwwwww! Another to add to my hamnap list Goodness, I'm gonna need a mansion for all these hamsters!!!
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Old 09-28-2016, 03:31 PM   #4
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I'll contribute towards the mansion! We'll get some more people and I'm sure we can afford it!
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:43 PM   #5
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Aww that little face
Congrats SKB, she is absolutely adorable & sounds like she will develop into a real character & a wonderful little furry friend for you!
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Old 09-29-2016, 02:44 AM   #6
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She sounds great. Looks rather cute as well!
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:06 AM   #7
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Aww SKB Congratulations on Pumpkin, I'm so happy for you, you have so much love to give and this little girl now has a forever home and in your caring hands. So looking forward to her progress.
Good on you for adopting her. It really annoys me when people bring them back because they don't have a clue.
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:50 AM   #8
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Thank You badwolf , she going to be well spoilt and loved and will get all the care and attention she needs. Sometimes I think people assume when a hamster nips that it makes them aggressive.

Thank you pinkneon - I better keep a close eye on her then

Thank You cypher - her face won me over instantly and it's hard not to get her out when she staring at me clinging to her cage door being cute - but I think on Saturday I will start taming as she seems ready. I'm looking forward to spending time with her. Pumpkin is definitely going to be a real character - this is why I love females Syrians so much as they are always up to something mischievous.

Thank you flowerfairy , it's so nice seeing her cute face when I look over at her cage and it so nice watching her in the afternoon and hearing her late at night running in her wheel.

Thank you Thin Lizzy . I'm looking forward to spending time with her and watching her personality grow - I'm wondering how big she will be?!
I will probably be starting taming on Saturday - so will update you on her taming progress.
I'm so glad I could adopt Pumpkin, so I can give her the love she deserves - I know what you mean about people returning them especially as they must of only had her for about week if that - but she would be a handful as it clear she does need lots of space and plenty of toys to keep her occupied - but I rather them return the hamster than them trying to sell them online.



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It seems like Pumpkin has finished chewing the back of her cardboard box and has now started on the sides - it so cute as I can see her nose when she chewing it now - she definitely been busy and noisy. Yesterday she decided that one of her willow tunnel (which I got for her on my holiday) should be upside down and she running through it like that - she so funny - but she can no longer sit on top of it.
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:43 AM   #9
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My Riff Raff was supposedly a vicious untamable monster, but has been the sweetest thing since I brought her home. Hamsters are smart! They know the good ones. She sounds like she's having a great time already
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My Petco and PetSmart Haul – September 2016

When I was on holiday in Florida I decided to make a trip to Petco and PetSmart to purchase a few items well maybe a lot more than a few. Some of these chews I had previously bought on my last visits for Sherbet and some new items I wanted to try – hopefully they will get Pumpkin’s approval. As I bought these before having Pumpkin I decided to get items I knew my past hamsters would have enjoyed. I’ve attached below a picture of my haul – some of the items I’m currently using in Pumpkin’s cage are not included in the picture – as I forgot to take a photo before I put them in however the labels are included in the photo (apart from the label from the other Zebra stackable chew – as I don’t know where that has gone). The labels in the photo are for 2 Willow Tunnels, an orange barrel roller, a woven apple toy and a roll-N-Karrot chew.

Pumpkin has been enjoying all the chews that are inside her cage and has chewed a little on most of them but she has a couple of favourites; including her roll-N-Karrot chew which she has relocated across her cage and is now in her nest – this is where I think she has been chewing it (it sounds like she has) – it is so nice seeing Pumpkin enjoy chewing on this chew as it was one of Sherbet’s favourite. She has also removed the head of her Zebra Stackable chew (this can be seen in the 2nd photo of my initial post) and when I saw it last it was poking out of her nest so she sleeping with that to. I wanted to get both the giraffe and zebra stackable wood chew – as I have the elephant already - but Petco only had zebras so I had to get two off course I did buy a few mineral chews – which I don’t usually buy – but they will be used in the cage occasionally and will be removed if excessively chewed but my past hamsters had no interest in mineral chews but they were cute and fairly inexpensive so thought I would get them.

Here is my haul …
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