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March 7th, 2008

4th April 2006-3rd March 2008

February 21st, 2008


Toffee was running all around me and my chair yesterday evening, when my arm was in the way she was pushing very hard to get it out her way. She happily nibbled a grape and took the rest of her food to her bed. She's been sleeping a lot more than she used to, but when she's up she still pretty active, she's just a little elderly!

February 20th, 2008

Hamster Drama

toffee: angst
Yesterday Toffee was acting very sleepy and was shaking a lot. She took her dinner up to her food store and came back to the main part of the cage to stare at me through the bars. And have a few sips of water.

This morning she was still in the main part, sitting in the half chewed tissue box she has there. Her eyes were half closed and she was very shaky, she also wouldn't let me touch her at all. I got her a slice or two of apple, as it's high energy and has lots of liquid. She took a slice from me and gave it a nibble. I also gave her a bunch of bedding so she would be warm. She spent the rest of the time before I went to work arranging the bedding around herself.

Mum checked on her a couple of times and she was sleeping in the tissue box and breathing very quickly.

When I got home, the tissue box was empty, just a the bedding with a little hamster shaped impression in it. I tracked her down to her proper bed, fast asleep!

The second or third time I went to check on her, she sat up in bed, eyes closed but ears incredibly alert and just now, she was back in the main cage, eyes wide, ears alert and attempting to stuff an entire apple slice in her pouch, silly hamster!

No idea what was up with her, possibly the sudden cold snap made her go into a mini hibernation, but who knows, I'm just relieved that my little 1 year 10 months 2 weeks and 2 days old hamster is ok!

August 27th, 2007

Over the last couple of weeks, Toffee seemed to be up a lot earlier and a lot more than usual, I didn't think much of it, as she seemed fine apart from that. Then, yesterday, she was up really early again and I noticed that this weekend block treat I'd given her when I went to Dad's for the weekend a couple of weeks ago was still mostly intact and still in the main part of her cage and she was trying to get it up the tube to her bed. As she's had that block for as long as she's been not been sleeping properly, I took it away from her until I get a chance to break it into pieces she can carry to her food store, and she has gone back to sleeping normally again!

She does prefer to chew things in her bed than in the more exposed part of her cage, but this treat was just far too big for her to get it that far and she'd only managed to chew a couple of corners off! I think I'll be sticking to those wooden treat sticks that keep her busy for a little while, and as they break up easier, they don't cause her to get quite so obsessive about them!

April 10th, 2007

Toffee was 1 on 4th April!

::EDIT:: stupid youtube is being majorly slow to process this video, should be up soonish, I hope!
::EDIT2:: working now!

December 9th, 2006

Been a while!

toffee: angst
Toffee's still a happy little hammie! She learnt how to escape from her ball so I had to get a new one which, so far, she hasn't managed to get the lid off!

Not got any new photos, she's a difficult animal to photograph as she only comes out when its dark and the lighting is bad!!

She's just over 8 months old now!

July 11th, 2006

Weigh In!

I think that Toffee has grown a bit in the last 11 days, so we decided to weigh her yesterday so we could see if she grows any bigger!! She weighed in at 125g!

and it took ages for her to try and eat the grape!Collapse )

July 3rd, 2006


A little video of Toffee, quite cute!

June 30th, 2006

New Arrival!

First post here!! The last hamster I had, Vanilla (see icon) died at the age of 2 years and 3 months on 21st December 2002, and I did not get another as I was due to go to university the next October. In the last couple of months I took my final exams and finished my degree, and have now returned back home to live permenantly, so the perfect time to get a new little friend!

So about three hours ago I got a new little girl, who I'm probably going to call Toffee, but that's not totally decided yet! Her birthday was the 4th April so she's almost 3 months old already, but still seems pretty tiny. She fell asleep in the carry case during the 10 minute car journey, but doesn't appear to have slept at all since I put her in her cage, there is just too much to investigate!!

Well, here are the clearest of the photos I've taken so far, she's pretty quick!

new baby!Collapse )
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