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Old 06-17-2022, 03:17 PM   #1
Fluffy_Unicorn
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Unhappy Getting upset about other people's hamster care

I am really struggling at the moment to accept that hamster neglect seems to be ubiquitous. I know several people who own hamsters that do not care for them properly. For example having hamsters in small cages without proper enrichment so they chew the bars And monkey barring

I am wondering if there is anything I can do to raise awareness about hamster care in my local area. I was thinking about writing about my own experiences of owning hamsters and what I have learned about them. If I wrote something for the local paper do you think they might be interested? Is it worth writing to pets at home to complain about the advice they give (or don't give) to customers and the unsuitable products they sell for hamsters?

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Old 06-17-2022, 03:20 PM   #2
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Kirsty's Pets | Casper the Rabbit, Thunder & Lightning the dwarf hamsters

This is my old blog for anyone who is interested. Don't have the rabbit anymore but he went to a loving home.

I have written here about my experience of owning hamsters. I have learned a lot more since the blog and now use deeper bedding and more enrichment.
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Old 06-17-2022, 04:03 PM   #3
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I think to be honest as much as there is sometimes neglect, I also think people can love and care for their hamsters and be honestly mislead with information from places such as pet stores. My previous hamster I got what at the time I thought was a ‘massive’ cage she had sawdust and I used to use kapok bedding because I thought it was safe.

This forum taught me a lot when she did pass away but I don’t think I ever look back and think she had a bad life. I think she could’ve had a more luxurious home and I deprived her from that pleasure but I absolutely adored her. She’d spend hours running outside of the cage and was spoilt rotten in other ways.

I don’t think everyone who ‘neglects’ their hamster is doing it in a spiteful way and for a lot of people redirecting them to this forum or informative videos would actually make them happy to learn.

If someone you know is also bored of their hamster and genuinely has no interest, suggesting to give the hamster to a rehoming service like happy hamsters uk isn’t offensive. A lot of the time people do become busy and the responsibility of a pet as well may be too much for them so suggesting rehoming can be a good solution for them as the hamster then gets a chance of having a good life and the person doesn’t have to feel guilty.

Or could make posters or leaflets and inform people but to be honest I think people either have a genuine interest for their hamster and are just misinformed but happy to learn, or they don’t care and won’t research so the best thing you can do is suggest rehoming.

There’s so much misinformation out there your best bet is to correct videos or posts that you see as wrong and write informative information to educate others, and also address the main stem of the issue and write to pet stores the correct information and why it’s important proper information should be given to customers. Or better yet stop mass breeding them at all!

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Old 06-17-2022, 04:18 PM   #4
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It can get very upsetting if you think about it and see a lot of it - as with any pet welfare issues (the RSPCA adverts upset me as well).

I think it's a great idea to write something for your local newspaper. You'll need a few good photos to go with it. Sometimes they can be picking about printing articles, but the free papers are usually happy to have contributions (and are widely distributed). Or you can ask your local paid for paper to interview you (they write the piece and take the photos then).
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Old 06-17-2022, 05:17 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. Hope I didn't step on anyone's toes. I have made mistakes in the past too and probably will continue to make mistakes. I just mean it's sad that so many hamsters are kept in small cages and I blame the pet shops because they sell them in the first place, and give bad advice.
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Old 06-18-2022, 04:22 AM   #6
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I get sad too, but we can only do what we can do, if people won't or don't want to listen we can only lead by example and yes we all make mistakes, but it's learning from them that makes the difference for our little ones.
I'm trying to think who it was, maybe someone on Instagram I don't think it was on here, she created leaflets for her local rescues/shelters and/or vets and i think they let them put them up on the notice boards or gave them to people adopting the hamsters so they knew all the basics around cage size, wheel size, food, bedding etc.

and I agree with you the pet shops have a lot to answer to.
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