Another Hamster Update

Posted in Hamsters at 3:00 pm by Ravenshadow

Today we are sadly down to five winter whites. Yesterday I was concerned about Summer. She had been steadily loosing weight until she was pretty much the same size as her sister, Autumn. I was checking over the hamsters yesterday afternoon and noticed that Summer was doing her best ‘floppy’ impression. It looked as though she had not been eating or drinking. I fed her some water, left some small seed in the cage with her and made her as comfortable as possible before we went out for the evening.
I was half expecting to have one hamster less by the time we got back, but she was still there. One thing I did notice about her, however, was the fact that she seemed to be having small seizures. Every now and then she was squeak lightly, then louder and bring her front paws up to either side of her mouth and sit lay there gasping for a while before relaxing again. She’d lay like that for a bit then start running around the cage again as though nothing had happened. This went on ever five to fifteen minutes or so. Again, I made her as comfortable as possible over night. I woke up this morning and checked on her only to find that she had passed away. It was expected so I can not say it was a shock, but none the less it is always sad to see them pass away.

I just hope that Autumn is going to be alright on her own now. This will be the first time she’s ever been on her own since the pair of them had always gotten along fine and thus were left in the cage together.

Once again, I am going to need to sort out my hamster photos and get more up in the gallery … I keep saying that, don’t I? One day I might actually get around to doing it …

On a side note, Mitten now has pride of place as the hamster on the desk. He spends most of his time sleeping in either his food bowl or his sand bowl at the moment.


Hamster Update

Posted in Hamsters at 11:31 am by Ravenshadow

It would seem that this is not a good month to be a hamster, or at least a hamster who is as old as many of the ones that I have are. Since Tack passed away last month we have had some more that have shuffled off to the great wheel in the sky (hamsters keep the sun and moon moving around in circles, you just know it).

Zoe (24/11/05 - 15/07/08)

Zoe passed away on the 15th. That day was one of those days that I wished I had not bothered with the weekly role-play game that we go to. As usual I had cleaned the gunk out of her ear (she had a bit of a weepy ear problem going on) and by the time I had gotten back from the game she had passed away quietly in her sleep, curled up quite contently in the less heated ‘outside’ nest she had built herself just outside of her nesting box.


Meep passed away on the 21st. He had been suffering from an eye infection in both eyes making them weep and gunk up. Sadly because it has been so warm the gunk had been drying up and sealing his eyes closed. Although it was amusing watching him bimble about his cage blindly, he did well enough and I always made sure to clean his eyes up for him.
From the first litter we ever had here, Meep will be missed as his brothers before him are.
Sadly for some reason I am unable to locate a photo of him at this moment in time … Guess I need to dig around some of the older photos that I’ve not uploaded yet (or some of the really new ones) and get around to sorting them all out and uploading them to my gallery.

Smudge (10/09/05 - 26/07/08)

Smudge passed away sometime earlier today. Sadly he was hidden away in the back of his cage in a side nest he had created and I had only very recently discovered him. Seems something inside him burst. But, considering he was almost three years of age we are not surprised that something that went wrong finally killed him… He had a broken (and set wrong) leg for about half his long life and had developed various lumps and bumps during the recent year. We are surprised he solidered on for as long as he did. But battle on he did. It is just a shame he did not reach his 3rd year, that would have been some celebration for sure.
The reason for most of the hamsters that I have ever had… Smudge will be greately missed.

With Smudge’s passing, my desk is looking terribly empty right now, since his was the cage that had been sitting upon it for such a long time now. I guess I will have to decide who will take his place upon the desk (the empty space is taunting me so). I am thinking Mitten, since he is now the next oldest remaining hamster… To tell the truth, the hamster three shelves in general are looking quite empty now. What used to be 18+ cages between the three shelving units is now only five active cages and the gerbil’s cage.
We are down to six Russian dwarf hamsters and twelve Roborovski (although the robos do not count, really, since they all live in four cages, all of them in small colonies other than Little ‘en who is special and requires her own cage).


Quail Update

Posted in Quails at 6:28 pm by Ravenshadow

Well, it has been some time since I updated this and I will put that down to it being an odd couple of days (and the fact that Ultima Online has sucked my soul, again). I do apologize.

Both Blackfoot and Reckless are doing well. They are 23 days old today. We have upgraded their little cage so that they now have the entire shelf space (which turns out it is a good size for a brooder). We used a plastic box from ASDA as the base of the unit then used mesh wire to create some sides. They seem to enjoy jumping up and sitting on the slightly slanted mesh, I guess it gives them a good view of the ‘outside world’.
We were going to put them downstairs in the large hutch that I have set side for them, but I’ve grown attached to them and did not really fancy hiding them away in the shed. Sure, they will have to go outside when they are off the heat, but until then they are keeping my company in my room. They are not too noisy, although they have started taking regular dust baths in the sawdust and have decided that pecking at the plastic flooring once they have cleared the sawdust away is a good idea.

And now, for some updated photos!


As always, more photos and larger ones can be found in my photo gallery which can be found at the following link:
Quail Gallery