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Old 07-04-2022, 08:37 PM   #31
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Aw, thanks so much Cloudy! It's hard to believe I've only had her for a week. We had an interesting 4th of July here.

Sometimes fireworks are scary, and the human is here to provide treats:
Scary Fireworks

Sometimes hamsters want to have alone time:
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Old 07-04-2022, 11:15 PM   #32
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Aww, she was looking to you for comfort in the first video. Considering the fireworks, I thought she would have hid until they had stopped.

The second video made me laugh. I felt she looked at you and said ' Are you still here?'

She loved the treat in the last video.
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Old 07-04-2022, 11:31 PM   #33
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Aww, Cupcake looks ever so comfortable with you.
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Old 07-05-2022, 01:07 AM   #34
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Congratulations on little cupcake, she’s adorable, a real mover in the wheel, can’t keep up with her little legs going so fast . Wishing you lots of fun.
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Old 07-05-2022, 11:25 AM   #35
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Thanks so much guys, I love her so much! She's a joy to have.

You're totally right Cloudy, she was mostly in her nest. I just saw her popping up like a submarine a couple of times and thought treats & a little grooming could help. And that little charge in the second video, totally what she was doing xD She knows I understand her signals for alone time, and rightly told me off for being an overeager human.

That said, it's beyond any doubt we have a bond! I'm home sick from work today, and woke up later than usual. Cupcake was slowly creeping around our together corner, looking for me. This seems to be when she really wants to spend quality time together, I guess it's a hamster version of a late movie before her bedtime.

It's a bit of a conundrum, I'm usually up and gone hours before for work during the week. Cupcake is signaling she wants more out of the bin time, in particular she really wants to explore me and figure out what I am. She was climbing up my arm a ton, and really got interested when I leaned my face a bit closer. Stood up and gave me a good look and sniff. I'm going to spruce up my room and hamster proof it, see if some time flopped out on the bed works for her. It's pretty low to the ground, and the carpet's rather soft. She should be able to climb back up come to think of it.

Here's our little morning time, we played a bit after this video too. I prodded at her toys and got her going at them. I pretend to try to solve it with her.

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Old 07-05-2022, 12:04 PM   #36
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What a lovely video. It is amazing how quickly you have learned her body language. I am surprised you have only had 2 hamsters. I feel you must have years of experience with them.

I am sorry you are sick. I hope you get well soon. How adorable Cupcake was looking for you.

Maybe Cupcake will learn your routine and you can spend time together once you are home from work.
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Old 07-05-2022, 12:47 PM   #37
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I have this imagine in my head of this tiny creature standing up, looking and sniffing at this huge creature, wondering what that is. That's incredibly brave.
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:59 PM   #38
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So we did it, and it was an absolute blast for Cupcake!!! 45 minutes together, most it her crawling all over me like a jungle gym. I mainly just laid down flat on my bed and let her explore. I was super slow and careful with any movements, mostly just stayed still for safety. I had a few peanuts, but she was just having too much fun and didn't take one.

I'm surprised at how well she stayed on the bed, I've heard hamsters have terrible eyesight. Sometimes Cupcake just zoomed along the edge before climbing back on me with no problem. She climbed over my face about 4 times, and I got two hamster kisses on the lips (it wasn't my idea). No bites or nibbles, and she had great body language. Maybe she really enjoyed getting to figure out what I am, and where I go to sleep? She did jump off the bed onto the carpet and it was totally low & soft enough, didn't skip a beat. It's about 6-8 inches off the ground.

Unfortunately, while I did well on hamster proofing the rest of my bedroom, she did somehow fit under the door and escaped while exploring the floor! I had all of her quickly made stuff from the playpen adventure out, and she declined the hamster taxi a couple of times. Then I lost sight of her after going behind me, and saw something blocking the light on the other side of the door. I was dumbfounded she fit under there! I was able to scoop her up and return her home, but now I know to lay something against that for next time.

No film, but I took one picture of her while she was climbing down my face. Also, the second she got back home she rolled in the sandbath. Cupcake is a very clean girl, she goes for a bath after every handling!


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Old 07-06-2022, 12:01 AM   #39
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Sounds like you two had a wonderful time!

Yes, i had the under the door disappearing act with Clarissa who got into the toilet (found her trying to climb the toilet brush). We all live and learn. Now I always tuck a towel under the door.

It does sound like Cupcake genuinely wanted to explore you and get to know you which is lovely. She looks very alert and interested in the photo.
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Old 07-06-2022, 01:06 AM   #40
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Wow! Cupcake really is a brave and curious girl. It must have been amazing to have spend so much time together. It is so funny she climbed on your face.
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