i started watching youtube videos and reading online on hamster care. i learnt they have about 2 years' life span and i worried. i dont know how old they are and they might die anytime from the rough treatment they might have been given earlier. grey was gentle and allowed us to stroke his back and hold him. brown was edgy and bitten me once.
someone in the family thought it was funny to introduce beer to the hamsters. maybe the person was already tipsy. brown had an unfortunate shower of tiger beer. i was really pissed. i put her in a container with a 1cm layer of water and watched her clean herself. i then wrapped her in lots of tissue paper to dry her up and gave her some treats.
in March, i decided to adopt another 4 winter whites from a fellow carousell-er. this previous owner was very nice and showed me how to pick up the hamsters etc. he offered the hamsters to me free and provided the cages. but the cages were very small.
initially all 4 hamsters looked alike to me. one of them came in a pair and we let them remained as a pair, housed in a new bigger cage. the other two were in kept separate cages. so you could imagine from 0 to 2 to suddenly 5 cages sitting in mum's tv area. the strong hammie smell was an unfortunate result.
another someone in the family suggested a social experiment of mixing the hamsters together to make 'friends'. despite my protests that hamsters are mostly solidarity creatures and if paired up they are paired up young, no one seems to give a damn on my research. so grey was introduced to the male of the pair which was "so cute" and grey got attacked. that someone just watched in shocked while i had to use both hands to pry the little monsters away from each other. grey bled at two spots, recovered physically but never mentally. till this day, he is fearful when we stroke him. no longer gentle grey.
one day, the pair escaped... someone forgotten to close the cage properly. i was very pissed and worried for the female who might be pregnant as they mated just a couple of days ago (to our horror and amusement at the same time). again, i began online researching on how to get the hamsters back and what to do if the hamster is pregnant. so i laid a trap and only the female returned. the male was... sadly found drowned in a hole leading to a water drain. we also started crumpling newspapers to block any holes.
till this day, no one dared to admit as the culprit of the disaster, for fear of my wrath. i tried to convince myself to feel slightly better as the one which died was the one who attacked grey. but it was a life after all and i was very much a responsible pet owner unlike my family members.
after a few more episodes of crazy family members included super loud noises that even shocked me, i decided to take things into my own hands. these remaining 5 hamsters are no longer family pets, but MY hamsters. on advice from fellow youtubers, i moved them the hamsters to my side of the house. Four hamsters went into individual larger bin cages with 17m wheels and kaytee clean & cozy bedding. We later managed to pair two of the winter whites who made a din when on heat. only brown remained in a large two-storey cage as she loves to climb up and down. this old hamster can shame any men trying to do chin ups.
i learned the characteristics of each hamster and named them.. except for grey as that name stuck on him. brown became kpo for her constant inquisitiveness, the larger male winter white hamster became macho, the bitchy female white white hamster became CB (i enjoy SGAG), and the scratchy/sickly looking winter white hamster became LDY for 林黛玉 - which subsequently became itchy when we found out that 'she' was actually a he after showcasing his testicles to us the entire day while playing on the wheel (another episode of horror and amusement).
and here they are