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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Hamsters And The Meaning Of Christmas

By Catya
Catya is a judge with the California Hamster Association. She shares her experiences in hamster ownership from a high school student's perspective.

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Catya and the good people at the SEAACA
This Christmas, I brought a hamster house to the kind folks at the SEAACA animal shelter.
Douglas the hamster
Photos Courtesy of Catya
Douglas, my father's hamster, is getting into the Christmas spirit.

Happy Holidays, everybody! By the time you read this, it will almost be Christmas Eve. Maybe you will have your whole family at home — all my siblings are home from college and graduate school — or maybe you’re planning a more quiet celebration. Maybe you’ve got everything ready for the holidays, or maybe, like me, you’ve got just a touch more shopping to do. However you celebrate, I hope that this season is one of joy for you.

Ever since I grew past the age when you get really cool toys on Christmas Day, my favorite part of the holiday season has been giving. The economy this year has taught many of us just how temporary material possessions are, and how valuable other kinds of gifts can be. As a harpist, I enjoy knowing that I always have something that I can give others — music. In fact, today I went caroling at a senior residence with a group of my music friends. But even if you’re not musically inclined, you can always give others the gift of your attention and care.

As a hamster owner, when I think of giving to others, I try to think of ways to help hamsters. This year, many of my elderly hamsters have passed away. In addition to leaving behind happy memories and tender spots in my heart, they’ve also left behind perfectly good cages that I don’t need anymore. So I stumbled upon the idea of giving these bin cages to a local animal shelter.

I called my local animal shelter, SEAACA, and asked if they took hamsters, and a staff member said that they sometimes do. Shelters don’t have hamsters all the time, but when they do, they often get pregnant hamsters or a whole wave of them at a time. So I knew that they could use a good cage or two.

I rounded up a hamster cage and took it down to the animal shelter, along with some hamster toys and an information sheet about the bin cages. I only brought one this time because the cage takes up a sizeable amount of space, and I wasn’t sure how much room they had at the moment, or if they would need more cages right away. But I’ll be bringing more by soon. The people at the animal shelter were so friendly; they were even willing to pose for a photo for my blog!

For me, the smiles on the faces of the animal shelter workers and the thought of a hamster having a warm, safe home is the best way to get into the spirit of Christmas.

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great article
jennifer, madras, OR
Posted: 1/5/2010 5:55:09 PM
its good to hear someone thinks of giving rather than recieving something at christmas time.
bobbi, sunbury, PA
Posted: 12/24/2009 11:33:23 AM
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