Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Douglas The Hamster's Green Mystery

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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Douglas the hamster
Douglas the hamster has been raiding this curtain so he can have something green to wear for St. Patrick’s Day!
Liz the hamster-sitter
Photos Courtesy of Catya
Liz the hamster-sitter shows off Douglas’ handiwork.

Hello, everybody! Once again, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, the one day a year when everybody is a little bit Irish — even, apparently, hamsters. You know the tradition of the wearing of the green? In some countries, if you’re not wearing anything green on St. Patrick’s Day, you get pinched. In other places, you get yellow sponges thrown at you! But it seems that hamsters observe this tradition too, judging from the recent antics of my dad’s hamster, Douglas!

It looks like he’s been getting ready to wear something green for St. Patty’s Day. Recently, my dad has been finding bits of green fluff when he cleans Douglas’ cage. A few green threads will be scattered here and there, or woven into his nest. Where was he getting this green fabric? Despite the time when he got into the underside of the couch, Douglas still gets his nightly adventure time in his section of the living room. I knew he had to be gathering his mystery green during his exercise time, but what was it coming from?

I tried to spy on him during his nightly runs, but if Douglas doesn’t want to be watched, good luck watching him! He knows all the nooks and crannies of his corner of the living room, and if he wants to go unseen, he can scurry behind the hamster shelves and under the piano. It’s a good thing that he knows to find us when he wants to go back home, because he can really make himself scarce! Still, after nights of watching him quietly, I made a discovery.

When we were hamster-proofing the “Douglas Zone,” we checked for power outlets, wires, or places where he could get stuck, and we made sure that there was no way the furniture could hurt him. But we didn’t think he could possibly hurt the furniture (as you saw when he hid in the couch). It turns out Douglas is up to his interior-redecorating antics again, only this time the victim is the (green) living room curtains! Every night, he’s taken a few more gnaws at the bottom edge of the curtains, and now he’s really done a number on them!

It’s kind of strange, when you think about it. Curtain damage is something that puppy owners and cat owners have to think about often, but usually hamster owners don’t need to! The bad news is that now I have to find a way to tie up the curtains every night so that Douglas can’t do any more damage to them. The good news is … well, we never really liked those curtains anyway. But I guess Douglas does!

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its still a cute little hampster
Tommy, Pcoatello, ID
Posted: 3/18/2010 8:31:24 AM
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