I thought it was about time I did a little catch up post on how our two dwarf hamsters, Lavender and Juno, are doing now they have been a part of our family for nearly three months.
This was them three months ago, sharing a cage and enjoying a gnawing stick like siblings should:
This is them now:
Yep, about two weeks after we got them, the little terrors started fighting something chronic. At midnight, Mr.O woke me because there was a horrible squealing sound coming from the lounge. Upon inspection, we found that Lavender and Juno were knocking seven bells out of each other and poor Juno had a cut under her chin. We were informed to separate them immediately because once they start getting territorial and fighting they will in fact fight to the death, something we would rather not explain to our four year old.
So, now I have double the cages to clean, double the bedding to buy, and double the noisy hamster wheels turning from when we go to bed to when we wake up. However, it isn’t all bad. Since being separated, both hamsters have come out of their shells. The timid one, Juno, who came off worse from the fighting is much more relaxed around us and is no longer a quivering mess every time we put our hands in the cage. And Lavender is still Lavender and is getting a little porky if truth be told.
We’ve grown extremely attached to the little critters. They provide me with an audience as I write EVO Shift in the evening, although, I’m pretty sure they’re just eyeing me up for a piece of radish or blueberry. It’s amazing how quickly we have all settled into a routine, and it’s hard to imagine what we did before we got them.
The cleaning of cages and feeding novelty has worn off for our daughter (not that she could do it by herself), so the duty of care has yet again fallen on my shoulders, hence why I think I have earned the title of Hamster Mum!