Ok so like the fucking craziest thing happened just now.
I went to meet my lecturer and classmate in school regarding my graduation project, and after the work was done, me and my classmate Nicholas went to have lunch together.
Since we had a lot of time to ourselves after that, somehow Nicholas convinced me that we should go shopping, so we did.
At first, I thought I was only going to accompany him but I ended up buying 10x the amount of items he did, cuz Cotton On has crazily cheap stuff!!! Like $5 for a sequin skirt can die omg.
Kk anyway that’s not all. I wanted to buy baking supplies, we went to the basement of the shopping mall and wanted to look for an electric mixer for my baking, and somehow WE ENDED UP IN THE PET STORE.
We were about to walk right out, when there was a little exhibit going on and they were showing little hamsters in cages!!
And I couldn’t help but notice this particularly cute and SUPER MEGA FREAKING HYPER ACTIVE one. The rest were all lazy blobs and not so cute, but this one was just adorable.
Obviously fawning over it, Nicholas asked the salesgirl to let us have a look at it.
I was like, “siao ah? I say cute only, I never say want to buy!”
And he’s like, “no la, see see only.”
And at first the little rascal was prancing around the cage like mad (her species is the smallest and fastest of all hamsters) so it was hard for the salesgirl to catch hold of her.
Finally she did, and the hamster was just twitching about in her hand, then she asked me if I would like to hold it.
Of course I said no (I’m not good with pets, babies, or anything alive / fragile) but somehow Nicholas persuaded me again, so I did.
And OMG, when I held her in my hands, she was SOOOOOOO docile and when I gave her head nice little comforting strokes, she made
THE CUTEST FACE I HAVE EVER SEEN ON A HAMSTER!!!
Seriously, it went like this: ^________________________^!!!!!
And my heart just melted on the spot.
I just had to have her!!!! She only did the ^__________^ face when I touched her, and I tried playing with the other hamsters but they weren’t even half as cute as her.
All of a sudden I found myself asking for the gender and age of this little hamster, and other questions a potential pet owner would ask…
And FML somehow now I have a bright pink hamster cage sitting at the corner of my room.
………OMG WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, JESSICA!!!!!!!!!
I don’t even know!!!!!!!!! I’m not very good with pets at all. The last time I had hamsters in primary school (given by a friend) they almost died and they were choking and having lao sai coz I fed them jelly (what?! I was 9 years old and no money buy proper food!) and now I’m fucking terrified of mishandling animals.
Every time someone asks me to hold or watch over their puppy, I freak out silently. It’s like, OMFG ARE YOU SURE??? What if this thing explodes in my face?
…..Ok long story cut short, my boyfriend thinks I’m crazy, my brother thinks I’m crazy and I think my mom hates me.
And no, I’m not going to throw the hamster somewhere or abandon it cruelly la, I’m obviously not that kind of person!
I will take good care of it. I’ve already bought treats, toys, bedding, and a shitload of other things la. Sand bath also have wtf. Living more luxuriously than most people I know.
And first, she was VERY pleased with her surroundings because I bought her a fabulous pink cage with plentyyyyy of space (lucky spoilt bitch) so she was running around and exploring, didn’t show any signs of being uncomfortable at all.
In fact, I was surprised at how well she was responding to her new situation.
Super cute wooden mickey dog house for her and a see saw / swing thingy for her to play with!
She was happily eating her sunflower seeds, burrowing around in her fresh pink bedding and then curling up into a ball to sleep…. Then the next moment, she’d be going absolutely crazy running in her hamster ball. Fun life.
SHE LOOKED SO HAPPY!!
…..But being the fucking idiot that I am, I was obviously too fascinated with a new pet and I actually tried to pick her up, only to have her run like MAD and start squeaking like crazy and almost escaped her cage and I got terrified so I left her alone.
I didn’t expect this, because all the while I had my hand inside the cage, sometimes playfully throwing bedding at her or just trying to make some interaction with my fingers, and she didn’t seem to mind at all! Like she even sniffed my fingers a few times and didn’t seem to be afraid, so I took that as an OK sign.
She started to groom herself very ferociously and her behaviour changed completely – from happy hammie to flustered, scared, agitated hammie. Not playing, on “panic” mode instead. Eventually I tried to give her treats to calm this hamster in a frenzy down, but she wouldn’t take any.
Instead of fluffing around in bedding, she retreated to a corner and just didn’t move.
Like seriously STONING, as if it wasn’t even breathing!!!
Obviously I knew something was wrong, so I googled “how to take care of hamsters” and apparently on the first day, you’re NOT supposed to touch them at all. Like it’s a big no no.
FML SO BADLY!!!
I didn’t know it would agitate her so much.
Now she’s just sitting in a corner, obviously very miserable and I feel guilty as hell. It’s been over an hour and she’s still stoning and looking pathetic and somehow I think she hates me now.
I also dunno why, all I did was lightly pick her up (although it was from behind, I imagine now it would’ve been a bit of a surprise)
Way to go Jess, first day and you’ve already terrified your hammie!!!!
Now I’m damn scared to traumatize her even more, so I’m probably gonna leave her alone for a few days until she becomes more comfortable again.
I hope I haven’t fucked things up too badly at the start, oh I hope she becomes a cuddly fluffball soon!!! I mean, she was INCREDIBLY cute and docile at the pet shop when I held her, I didn’t expect her to act so differently when I brought her home.
I know it’s my fault, so pet lovers, give me a break ok!!!
Anyway, I just had to rant cuz I’m damn scared that my new hammie won’t love or trust me and won’t be fun to have at all.
Then WTF am I to do.
Another thing is, because she’s so damn agile, fast and small and I’m scared cuz she might escape anytime!!!!!
Walao I’m feeling stressed already, and all she is is a damn hamster. Imagine if I had a dog. Can die. Maybe dogs would like me better.
Well, now all I’m going to do is take things slow and hopefully in a week, when I try to pick her up she wouldn’t bolt across the cage and hopefully she makes that OMFG CUTE face when I stroke her head again.
I’ve never considered even buying a hamster before, and now I suddenly own one. Great. I guess she makes me feel a little less lonely whenever Sam is not around. I mean, she is THE SWEETEST THING EVER… when she wasn’t terrified of me.
I hope everything turns out fine, otherwise FML, I’d look fucking irresponsible and I’d be stuck with a hammie who hates me!!!
Btw, I do not regret buying her as a pet.
What I regret is my behaviour for being an idiot before and I’m scared of not being able to take care of her properly, cuz I didn’t expect the start to be so rough already!
I know what it’s like to almost cause a hamster’s death (repeat: I was NINE years old!!), so DO NOT WANT it happening again!!!
I hope this effed up start does not affect our future relationship. Like I don’t want her to become scared of me permanently and become aggressive!!!
At first I was SO SURE I could handle a teeny weeny hamster, but this incident frightened not only her, but me as well… Neh neh.
I’m sorry hunnybuns. We started off on the wrong foot, but we’ll be great together in the future… yes? *gulps*
Btw, my air con is super cold and when I go out, I don’t leave my air con on and SG weather is super hot. Is this bad for the hammie? Like, should I leave her outside at night? Cuz my aircon is 16 degrees.
I read online that hammies prefer colder weather, but somebody enlighten me, plz!!!! Any other info about hammies I should know?
(besides what I’ve already mentioned in this post)
PRAY TO GOD I DON’T WAKE UP TO A DEAD / DEPRESSED HAMMIE TOMORROW MORNING. FML WHAT AM I THINKING
Ok last night the stupid hammie wouldn’t stop running around in her ball and I think she’s feeling better. She’s not stoning anymore, I actually saw her bobbing herself up and down on the swing / see saw, so cute!!!!
But when I went nearer (I didn’t try to touch her at all, but my hand was on the cage) she sniffed around, then slowly came nearer and sniffed my finger, then RAN AWAY like really fast. Wtf.
Thinking of leaving her in the living room during the night coz she likes to take seeds up from her feeding down to the second level where the ball is and it makes a huge racket whenever she runs. Also, my super cold air con may not be good for her… -_-
I still can’t believe I got myself a hamster.
Woke up at like 7am cuz the damn hamster kept spinning in the ball non-stop.. didn’t really get a good night’s rest. I don’t know why but it refuses to leave the ball – it shits, pees, sleeps, and runs in the ball!!!! I bought it such a big cage and it only stays in the ball FML.
Now the ball is filthy cuz shit and food and pee flies everywhere when she runs in it, and she’s rolling around in her own filth!!
Is this normal? She only leaves the ball to go get more food from her lower level of the cage. I can’t pick her up and put her downstairs where the proper bedding is, cuz she’s still not used to me yet.
I’m afraid she’s going to get sick or start to smell soon! I can’t possibly shove bedding inside her ball right? It’s already filled with her stored food and shit and all, how is she gonna run in her ball like this?
I’m starting to freak out quite a bit here.