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Hi

While I was away I adopted a few small furries. In total I've rescued 10 in total (the last 2 were technically not a rescue but you'll see what I mean).

I adopted 4 hamsters...yup 4 in one room. Am I mad? Probably! :D
Unfortunately 3/4 have passed now but I will still share their stories with you!

Nikolai (rip)
Niko was a tiny roborovski hamster who I got from the pets at home adoption section, he had been handed in because he was vicious and you couldn't handle him as he'd bite. He was 18+ months when he passed and he never, ever bit me. He'd sit on my shoulder while I watched TV, lovely little guy.
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Lilith (rip)
I adopted Lilith as an elderly hamster. She was already 18+ months. She had been in rescue near enough her whole life. Rescue said that she wasn't 100% handleable and quite fearful of people so needed someone who could take her on. So I took her. She was lovely! She really came out of her shell and was happy being held. I only had 4 months with her but I made sure those 4 months were the best.
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Athena (rip)
Poor Athena was a neglect case. A child got bored and parents didn't give a damn. Left starving in a tiny cage. When I got her she weighed a tiny 80g. She was meant to be double that. Bare in mind she had put weight on when I got her so dread to think what she was in the beginning. She soon put weigh on though and spent her last 7 months in luxury. She was a gentle soul.
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Ghost
Ghost is still with us and needed to be re-home through no fault of his own. He is quite grumpy and rather be left to do his own thing, even as a youngster. He's roughly 18 months old now. Thinning but still active and enjoying life.
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Inky and Splat
2 female rats, failure to thrive, 3 weeks old and tiny. Now 7 months old and thriving. Cheeky and inquisitive. So savage...lick you to death :D like a tiny dog.

Splat
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Jupiter and Eileithyia-Eris
Someone had an 'accidental' litter and had 2 'boars' which they couldn't keep and needed rehoming. Now I know that both of those statements were a lie. They had handed me a boar and pregnant sow. Both underweight and not in the best condition. Condition would have been considered the lower end of 'acceptable'. Both young, only 9-10 weeks old.

Now I had never had guinea pigs before so this was a completely new experience for me so I had to learn VERY quick. Not only about guinea pig care in general but also pregnancy, labour, nursing and seperating any baby boys from mum.

4 weeks later the babies were born. Thankfully everything went well and was textbook. Eileithyia-Eris had a boy and a girl which I kept. Baby boy lives with Jupiter and the girl stayed with mum.

Jupiter is quite a jumpy and timid little guy. Once he settles he's ok though. Just the initial scare of 'omg a hooman'. Not a complete snuggle bug but definitely getting there.

Eileithyia-Eris is lovely. Very human oriented or should I say food oriented. Way to her heart is definitely through her stomach. She's recovered well from her ordeal.

Apollo and Dysnomia
Baby pigs. Cute and funny but very different. They're now 7 weeks old and chunky. Apollo is a snuggle bug. Loves a cuddle but he doesn't like to be picked up. He loves Jupiter and they're getting on very well.

Dysnomia is sassy and vocal. Easy to pick up but hates being held (I can't win). Clearly interrupting her busy schedule 馃槀. She's almost a mirror image of her mum.

That sums up my crew. Any questions feel free to ask.
 

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What lovely stories about each of your friends. So great that you rescued them and that they have brought you so much joy. I had guinea pigs for years and years - in love with them. I'd have another except that Asta would probably try and eat them.
 
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It's great you have taken such care of these guys. So many people have so little respect or empathy for pocket pets.
 

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What lovely stories about each of your friends. So great that you rescued them and that they have brought you so much joy. I had guinea pigs for years and years - in love with them. I'd have another except that Asta would probably try and eat them.
Bella's not too bad. If pigs get excited then so does she so I have to cover the front of the cage to help keep her calm. Pebbles is a lot like your Asta, so she's not allowed in the room where they're kept. When they go outdoors they'll be in a reinforced hutch with a shed to keep them safe.

The thing that brings me most joy is seeing how far they've come. Looking back at photos from the beginning I cry as a lot of them are in a terrible state, then I look at them now and have tears of happiness. It's like they know they're safe. I'm more proud of the animals which sounds strange but it's like, look how far you've come! Everything you've been through and look at you. Flourishing.
 

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It's great you have taken such care of these guys. So many people have so little respect or empathy for pocket pets.
I know. The fact that they're seen as disposable pets is heartbreaking. They're as deserving of a happy and healthy life as much as a cat or dog is.
 

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I know. The fact that they're seen as disposable pets is heartbreaking. They're as deserving of a happy and healthy life as much as a cat or dog is.
Do you find it harder to shop for your rodents than your dog?

When I go to a petshop to buy for a dog there certainly are a lot of products that I would avoid but when I look at the rodent section there is so much crap there that is just not appropriate for any species!

There are two petshops near my house and I can never find anything appropriate for my gerbils in them. They still sell cotton fluff for hamsters, the wheels range from uncomfortable to death trap and don't even get me started on the cages. 80 euros for something that isn't even big enough for a dwarf hamster. My local Tom and Co (Belgian version of Pets at Home) had a 'special' starter pack next to where they were selling hamsters, gerbils and rats. It was a cage with basics. I swear I bought shoes for christmas that came in a bigger box than that cage...

I've had the most horrible time finding good bedding, its driving me insane. I bought a bag a few months ago online. Supposed to be all natural blablabla. I open it up and it smelled like a hospital disinfectant! apparenyl odour control means added scent. I am not going to put my burrowing animal that spends 80% of its time underground in that!
 

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Do you find it harder to shop for your rodents than your dog?

When I go to a petshop to buy for a dog there certainly are a lot of products that I would avoid but when I look at the rodent section there is so much crap there that is just not appropriate for any species!

There are two petshops near my house and I can never find anything appropriate for my gerbils in them. They still sell cotton fluff for hamsters, the wheels range from uncomfortable to death trap and don't even get me started on the cages. 80 euros for something that isn't even big enough for a dwarf hamster. My local Tom and Co (Belgian version of Pets at Home) had a 'special' starter pack next to where they were selling hamsters, gerbils and rats. It was a cage with basics. I swear I bought shoes for christmas that came in a bigger box than that cage...

I've had the most horrible time finding good bedding, its driving me insane. I bought a bag a few months ago online. Supposed to be all natural blablabla. I open it up and it smelled like a hospital disinfectant! apparenyl odour control means added scent. I am not going to put my burrowing animal that spends 80% of its time underground in that!
Kind of. My Beau had allergic skin disease so he couldn't have anything from pet shops. He had to have a specialised diet and for treats he had bits of carrot and lettuce. Couldn't have chews or bones. Only chew I could find that he didn't react to was buffalo horns and deer antlers.

Everything for my rodents was bought online. An 11 inch wheel from pets at home is 拢17. I found one online for 拢8.99.

There's a lot of garbage still being sold that's detrimental to the animals. Ghost is actually in a guinea pig cage. Which is actually way too small for one guinea let alone two.

One thing it has taught me is to be creative and don't specifically stick to just the rodent section.



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