Wednesday, August 4, 2010
A Tribute To My Hamster Blog Readers

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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The hamster blog gave me the chance to share the joys of hamsters with others.
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I've made lots of friends through the hamster blog.

Hello, everyone! It’s hard to believe, but the summer is almost over. Soon, it’ll be back to school for a lot of my readers — and me! Before I head off to school, I wanted to take a moment to thank my awesome readers!

I’ve been writing this hamster blog for a while now (more than two years!), and you guys and gals have been there from the start with great comments and questions for me. In the past, I’ve answered some of your questions, and they’ve always been great jumping-off points for discussion.

In September 2008, I wrote about choosing hamster names, and you had wonderful comments! Jana from San Antonio, Texas, asked, “How do you know when it's time to take your hamster to the doctor?” Based on her question, I wrote my next blog post about taking your hamster to the vet. And you had excellent questions for me then, too!

For instance, Ronald from Cerritos, California, asked: “What kinds of questions should I ask the vet to see if they know about hamsters? Is there a list somewhere of hamster vets?” It’s often hard to find knowledgeable vets, or vets who can take care of hamsters at all. The California Hamster Association does have a list on its website of some vets that will treat hamsters (they are not necessarily recommended, though).

When I wrote about economical ways to make toys and houses for your hamsters, Joey from Rochester, Michigan, asked about cardboard hamster toys: “If I give my hamsters a cardboard box, does it matter if it has printing on it? Will the ink be bad for them?” As a rule of thumb, Joey, I prefer to use cardboard that’s “food-grade” — things like oatmeal boxes, cereal boxes, etc. You can use tissue boxes too, but be sure to remove the plastic-y bits from the opening, because those could be a choking hazard. If you are concerned about the ink bothering your hamsters, you can stick with plain cardboard toys, too; hamsters love paper-towel-roll tubes! They will hide in them, run through them, sleep in them, and of course, chew on them!

In March this year, I wrote about the hamsters’ visit with “Flat Hudson,” part of my cousin’s school project. Well, that week I got some comments from Real Hudson! I’ve even had comments from pet owners who kept something other than hamsters — I’ve heard from mouse owners, guinea pig owners and rabbit owners, from all over the country.

No matter what kind of pet you have — or if you have a pet at all — you’ve always had great things to say. For more than two years, you’ve been reading and commenting from at least 20 different states in the United States. Some people were certain to put in an encouraging word week after week, and some people put a lot of thought and care into their comments, sharing touching stories or conscientious questions. So, thank you all for sharing this journey of “Growing up Hamster” with me!

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i like hamsters
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