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Old 01-28-2022, 09:40 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Elusive mod here! I've been without a hammy over a year now and had quite settled on probably never owning one again.

My ratty group has got back up to a healthy 8, and 4 are teenagers so I certainly have my hands full! I was getting a bit broody for a hammy so I applied to be a fosterer with the RSPCA and was approved.

A few weeks ago, two campbells were dropped off to me in tiny plastic tanks. I instantly felt drawn to the larger of the two, unsure why.

I moved them both into a savic cambridge, deeper bedding, sandbaths, wooden items and larger wheels.

The smaller of the two was a total wheel junkie but when I tried to free range him he froze up. He doesn't like to be touched much but I continue to work with him. Hoping he finds a forever home soon, he'd be a lovely watch pet in a large tank with lots to explore. He can be found on the below link

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The other, you have probably already guessed I failed at fosteing! Even before I tried to handle him, he made me smile so much. He's a large,somewhat lazy lad. He adores the sand bath and was so friendly. I accidently handled him as I had him out on the bed between my legs free ranging, when he ran up my jumper and just splatted! He doesn't mind being handled at all and has such an odd sleep pattern. He gets up whenever I say hi and has brought me so much joy they past few weeks! He's my little buddy

I kept his name, Spirit. He was taken in around Christmas and the name has a personal meaing to me also.

I happened to find an alaska just 3 minutes from me at £20 and I have been sent lots of lovely treats and hides from hammy friends (including our very own Luna) to get me started on my dwarf journey! I am still not used to how tiny he is and will be starting to set up the larger cage soon. With so much change I didnt want to rush it and i'm not quite used to judging how high things can be yet!

I have got dwarf bunny expert to try him on as well as some rodipet. I have mixed them together at present with a little bit of the harry hamster he has been on.

He is a dominant spot I believe and he is like a little rug! I havent any idea how old he is and having never had dwarfs not used to guessing. Im also unsure about his weight. When he was taken in he weighed 49g but increased to 70g in just two weeks while at the rpsca which suggested to me he was under weight maybe. He is double the size of the other foster and im going to weigh him shortly but wondering if he is just a larger boy or he is severely over weight

Anyway, here are a few photos from my IG (because I have far too much modding to do obviously than to sit resizing and uploading )

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Old 01-28-2022, 10:13 AM   #2
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Welcome to the foster fail club
His weight sounds fine to me, I think dwarfs can vary sooo much. He's about twice the weight of Comet my robo. That weight gain was a lot in a short time, i wonder if they were feeding him up, I would have thought 49g was too light for him. Do you think he weighs more than 70g now? he looks chunky, but photos/videos can be deceiving.
I look forward to seeing the two of you getting to know each other.
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Old 01-28-2022, 10:25 AM   #3
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Aww Spirit is lovely, Amethyst and obviously enjoys being around you.

Looking forward to hearing more about Spirit's adventures with you.

Also hope that Tinsel finds a home soon too

Mweekie xx

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Old 01-28-2022, 11:41 AM   #4
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Aww, he's so beautiful and cuddly looking!

Welcome to fostering, i fail all the time and end up keeping them. At least you know that this little guy will have a very happy life.
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Old 01-28-2022, 12:06 PM   #5
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Aw I can see what you say about Spirit when I look at the photos He looks so keen and chilled at the same time. I lovely furball. And such an interesting colour. Tinsel's colour is interesteing too and I almost thought he was a robo at first with the colouring.

I remember you saying your last hamster was your last! Very pleased you have another one - they do bring joy don't they?

I'm not sure what you mean about height things. But I was a bit nervous about having a robo in a cage about that height so tweaked it so there's less height by putting cardboard round the inside and deeper bedding - and a few roof blockers. One is a very large fuzzbutts hammock - which he is not supposed to be able to get up to - attached near the roof. This was partly to make it cosier inside so not so exposed and partly so - if he did manage to climb to the roof and monkey bar, he couldn't fall from the top. And didn't have so far underneath if he jumped off it. That still left a gap where he could land on a piece of cork which is not that soft, so I hung an egg box hammock over that - next to the hammock and high enough he couldn't get into it. Or so I thought! He can get into it from the shelf quite easily and has used both the hammock and the fleece to get from one side of the cage to the other! But at least it still reduces the cage height!
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Old 01-29-2022, 02:09 PM   #6
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Spirit has lovely colouring. How gorgeous of him to sploot on you. He must be a very chill hamster x
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