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Old 07-13-2022, 05:36 AM   #1
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Hey,
I just wanted to share something that made me really happy. I went to the pet store when my mom was visiting me and she wanted to buy food for my hamster for whatever reason.
Can you guess what the seller said? She said: "I'm not selling you this, because it's not good for hamsters" and then she went to look around if she could find any food for our hamster, but they didn't have any healthy food for the hamster.
It was cute and made me happy. She clearly loved animals. They didn't have any proper cages either.
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Old 07-13-2022, 05:47 AM   #2
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It is so nice to hear of a person who really cares about hamsters. Thank you for sharing this.
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Old 07-13-2022, 05:51 AM   #3
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It must be very difficult for someone who cares about animals to work in a petshop.

At least this lady cared enough not to sell you unhealthy food. Just a shame that there was no healthy food for your hamster.
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Old 07-13-2022, 06:22 AM   #4
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That's a nice story. I am sure pet stores can buy Harry Hamster in bulk. Our local one does that. Instead of selling the usual packs they have a huge sack of it and weigh it out into bags, however much you want. Maybe you could suggest that to them?
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Old 07-13-2022, 06:25 AM   #5
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A tip. Whatever hamster food you buy, put it in the freezer for a week before using it! Saw your other thread about bugs. It's very common for pet foods to contain moth eggs or bug eggs etc and they can hatch out when it's warm. Freezing the food for a week kills the eggs
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Old 07-13-2022, 07:15 AM   #6
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A tip. Whatever hamster food you buy, put it in the freezer for a week before using it! Saw your other thread about bugs. It's very common for pet foods to contain moth eggs or bug eggs etc and they can hatch out when it's warm. Freezing the food for a week kills the eggs
My dwarf hamster is at least a year old. I mean I got him in August last year and I feed him the food that the vet gave me (actually sold me) and I guess he'll be on that food for the rest of his life and I won't be running out of the food any time soon.
I can't make him lose weight to 50g. The vet said they're supposed to weigh 30-50g, but mine is 'obese'.
Picture of him from today, if you're interested

He's actually 78g. When I brought him to the vet he was 107g… I give him 1 teaspoon per day, but sometimes I've given him salad or a cucumber (which the vet told me not to give, but members of this forum tell me to give). I also let him run on my bed and on my couch. I mean actually he's active, he runs and unfortunately he can still climb out of the cage. He only starts climbing out when I am near the cage and I guess he likes being with me, because he doesn't like being held by other people and always tries to come on my hand. He also doesn't go on anyone else's hand put he comes on my hand immediately when I put my hand in the cage and he even calmly sits on my hand, unless we are close to the playground or his cage. It's a big leap forward. When I first got him he was very frightened and startled at everything. Now I can even pet him and he lets me. Owning a hamster has certainly been a great experience. We even survived the heatwaves. Both of us were literally dying during the hot days and I didn't know what to do with Bogie, but somehow we survived. When there was a heatwave he was very inactive and barely even moved around. There's still a lot to learn and good thing that I google everything, even the most basic things. I didn't know that a fan can't be directly on a hamster. He's still chirping from time to time, but he has been always asleep while chirping.

I'm not sure the bugs came from the food, because I remember freezing bedding and food but they were still there. I literally deep cleaned my apartment almost daily as well, and by that I mean I cleaned absolutely everything daily and I didn't see bugs anywhere else but his cage. I'm thinking he got them from the store and my best bet is that other hamsters got it the bugs as well.

Another question, do you happen to know what my hamster is? I googled the average lifespan of a winter dwarf and it said that the average lifespan is a year. Does that mean we don't have much time left?
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Old 07-13-2022, 07:34 AM   #7
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That is a lovely picture of Bogie! He does not look overweight at all to me. This is such a lovely update. It looks like he trusts you and enjoys being with you.

Usually dwarf hamsters are hybrids unless from a breeder.
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Old 07-13-2022, 07:53 AM   #8
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He's a hybrid dwarf. A one year lifespan is an underestimate. Hybrid dwarfs tend to live 18 months to 2 years. Mine is 2 years 3/4 months old. She's blind due to cataracts in both eyes but otherwise well. You could have a long time with him yet.
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Old 07-13-2022, 08:42 AM   #9
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Lol! He looks like a Syrian to me on that photo! But I'll take your word for it he's a dwarf hamster - hard to tell from that angle. Being heavier doesn't mean he's overweight - it means he's large. Hamsters come in varying sizes, within their species. For example a small Syrian might only be 100 to 120g. A large Syrian could be 270g! Average is about 175g

For dwarf hamsters the weight will vary hugely too.
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Old 07-13-2022, 10:02 AM   #10
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He's a lovely and healthy looking dwarf hamster and he's not overweight.
You are doing very well caring for him and it shows.

The vet goes by a chart i think or some kind of a text book. That's like saying that all humans should weigh, let's say, between 60kg - 65kg.
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