[Hamster Tales Part 3]
Friday, 28 Dec 2007
My babies sleep through the day again, mostly, although one of them wakes up to use the wheel briefly a couple of times.
I’m naming them Picnic and Pixie.
Picnic is the larger of the two, which makes her look fat by comparison.
But, of course, she’s really tiny. Roborovskis are the smallest hamsters in the world.
But because she’s bigger, it must mean she eats more than her sister. She also seems to sleep more (but this is largely conjecture since I am still having trouble telling them apart).
So I call her Picnic because picnics are associated with eating and sleeping (idling), lol.
The other one is Pixie because she’s smaller (slightly) and she’s cute as a pixie.
They’re both equally cute, really, but I can’t name them both Pixie, can I?
I can’t really tell them apart when they’re alone because they look exactly alike in terms of facial features and colouring. I need to study them when they’re together to discern distinguishable differences, but they’re seldom together unless they’re sleeping, and when they sleep they roll up in little balls in the basement and I can’t see them.
People at the hamster forum advise that my cage is too small. Roborovski hamsters need really large spaces.
So I go out and buy a giant plastic container.
The Goonfather says he will help me link the Pink Princess Castle to it so I don’t have to throw the castle away.
It’s past midnight, around 1 am. Picnic and Pixie wake up and scramble to the wheel once again.
But tonight is different. Tonight, they’re squabbling. They squeal at each other, chase each other around, claw at each other and refuse to share the wheel.
I check with people at the forum and they say that Roborovskis are very territorial, therefore need a really large cage with two of everything.
Such a pity, since they were perfectly fine sharing the wheel last night. And they still sleep together in the same bed.
They have this routine tonight.
1. Picnic runs on the wheel while Pixie hides in bed.
2. Pixie gets up and walks into the wheel.
3. They fight. Picnic chases Pixie out. They play catch around the cage.
4. Pixie hides in bed and Picnic returns to the wheel.
5. Picnic gets tired and goes to bed.
6. They fight. Pixie chases Picnic out. They play catch around the cage.
7. Picnic hides in bed while Pixie goes play on the wheel.
8. Rinse and repeat alternating hamsters.
They kind of take turns antagonising each other.
I go insane with worry because there’s a lot of squealing and paw fights. I’m afraid they will hurt each other.
But I don’t want to separate them yet because the new cage is not ready and I don’t want to deprive either of the wheel for the night.
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I shall have to buy a new wheel tomorrow and set up the new cage real quick.
Next Chapter: Kiss and Make Up