Coats & Belts – The Hamster Fashion

I am constantly learning new things about hamsters. It pushes out all the useful information like pin numbers and birthdays but on the bright side I am a walking talking encyclopedia of weird and wonderful hamster facts.
And yes, I’m the life and soul of every party if you couldn’t already tell ;)

Anywho! I started to do a bit of research about hamster colouring and what I didn’t quite realise was the extent of the topic!Banded Syrian

After losing all my beautiful three syrians over the course of last year, I was hamsterless for the first time in what seemed like forever! I decided I wanted to try and get a hamster that looked a little different.

The gorgeous little black and white cutie pie that was to be my little Banjo, stood out to me.

Casper had been all white (also known as black-eyed ivory), Eve had been ginger and white banded (yellow-cinnamon) and Dexter had been brown and black (also known as golden rust). So a little black and white hamster seemed to be a different choice for me.

Which brings me onto the colouring of this little cutie!
Joey is a banded Syrian. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out WHY they’re called this. Its that telltale speckled strip across the belly.

GORGEOUS if you ask me..

What kind of markings and patterns do all my furry readers have? Any cute spots or dots on your coats?
Let me know in the comments below or even email me a snapshot of your wonderful coats – I will be sure to mention them in a post to come later this week :)

Happy Monday folks!


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Product Review; Tesco Hamster Food

I think its fair to say that when it comes to hamster food, the choices are pretty limited as to what you can buy for your furry friend. Over the next few months, I am going to test and trial a number of products to see if there is a clear hammy favourite.
So what is on the menu tonight?!

I thought I would trial and review Tesco’s Hamster Food first.

Tesco Hamster Food Review

First impressions are always important and I can’t knock Tesco’s for their packaging in this case. Its simple and does what it says on the bag.  There’s no clutter and all the nutritional information is clearly displayed on the side – not that I’m sure many people care hugely about the ingredients in their hamsters dinner ;)

Well as you can read on the bag for yourself Tesco Hamster Food claims to contain the correct mix of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. All brilliant stuff when looking after a healthy hamster! In my opinion a dried hamster muesli will ever be the perfect diet in a bag. I will always recommend you add fresh fruit and veg to your hamsters diet and reading the small print essay on the side of the bag Tesco actually recommends this too! If I’m chopping a carrot or broccoli for my dinner, its perfect to just break off a chunk and treat Banjo You're supposed to EAT the food, not SIT in it!to something fresh!

This particular bag of food was £2.00 which is about right for a bag of this size. You can probably find cheaper and I think Tesco even do an ‘everyday value’ bag for eve less than this but for a couple of quid I don’t think you can go far wrong at all.

Tesco have prized this bag of food on its ‘peanuts and sunflower seed’ mixture which as any hammy owner will tell you is a WINNING combo! However I would be lying if I said the quantity of these ingredients was substantial. Don’t get me wrong you can’t give your furry friend a bowl of peanuts or seeds, they need a balanced diet of course but I was expecting more.
There was a variety of dried muesli too making up the bulk of the food. And I got no complaints from Banjo…
The little brown triangles within this are always left till last in Banjo’s bowl so I’m guessing these are like the brussel sprouts of a roast dinner to them..

To summarize then:
Looks 9/10
Price 9/10
Contents 7/10
Would I recommend: Yes 

Anyone else tried this hamster food? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below – I do love hearing your opinions :)


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The Ice-Cream Man in February?!

I live in the UK and its pretty common knowledge that British weather is weird and wonderful (but usually naff).
I was rather amused that I had the ice cream man driving down my road last week, in a crisp 4 degree chill! Good ol’ Brits – well its above freezing therefore its time to get the ice creams out!

In tribute to the wonderfully brave ice cream man (and perhaps even wonderfully braver customers in this February Hamster in a Hat “warmth”) I have just about managed to picture Joey in his winter wear.. .Sorry SUMMER hat ;)

I think he looks rather adorable and ready to brave the frost for an ice cream! I mean who wouldn’t want a frozen treat in the midst of winter!

I didn’t knit this myself before someone asks about my side business of hamster-knitwear.
They are selling smoothies in the supermarkets at the moment with little knitted woolly hats. Every drink sold with one of these little hats on raises another 25 pence for a charity!
So not only did I do my little bit for charity AND enjoy a yummy smoothie but I also acquired a rather splendid hat for the hamster. FABULOUS if you ask me.

Now he didn’t quite wear it like a good hamster model, but it was close enough okay! I know its blurry, but this is the only standard of image I seem to get at the moment!
And personally, I think purple is SOOOOO his colour anyway. Brings out the colour of his eyes….

Anyone else had a visit from the ice cream man in this chilly weather?!
Please tell me its not JUST me :p

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The Impossible Hamster

Well I moaned yesterday about my unphotogenic hammy.
And I am going to moan again today… STAY STILL HAMMY!!!

Look at that juicy carrot, just sitting there waiting to be nibbled!! But noooooo!

When he stopped very VERY briefly for a quick wash, I managed to get this picture…
This is about the most clarity we are going to get of this hammy for the time being I think.

I know not everyone is cut out for fame… I mean Britney Spears 2007 flashbacks spring to mind, but c’mon Joey you have big paw-steps to follow in!

So I am begging for advice from the blogosphere, how do you keep your furry still for photos?
Or have I just got to accept my impossible hamster the way he is?! ;) I know Banjo is just a little baby still, maybe we have to warm up to the fame of being a HmasterDiaries pin up ;D

All advice welcome!
Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe so you get hamstery goodness straight in your inbox!

Also while I remember to mention; I refer to Banjo as Joey. It’s his little nickname.
I hope I haven’t confused any of you – there aren’t two hamsters, just the one! :)

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Banjo The Athlete

They say never work with children or animals. And I can totally understand why!
They’re unpredictable, they don’t sit still and they can’t be trusted not to pee on the carpet!

Well the difficulty I am having with Banjo is becoming very apparent.. the little tinker just will not sit still!
It’s like he has ants in his hammy pants because he just won’t paws pause for long enough!

The only way I can get around this at the moment is to use video.. So for every non-blurry photo there will be 100 videos.. He is not sucha diva like the furries I’ve had before!

You thought I as joking when I said he doesnt sit still! CHECK OUT THAT WADDLE!

He has this exercise thing perfected to a tee! And I might add, his navigation of my hall way is nothing less than impressive! Clever Banjo :)


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Do You Ever Feel Like You’re Being Watched?

Hamsters are very curious creatures. They like to sniff and bite everything and anything, especially if its new and exciting!

Banjo is no different!

In an attempt to make him more comfortable in my presence, after the squealing fiasco I showed you yesterday, I kept his cage by my bedside. Nosey little Joey!! :D I figured that if I could talk to him and keep him close by, he would get used to me a little quicker and hopefully encourage the taming process to move on a few steps.

Well I can safely say it helped!
I captured the little fellas curiosity completely.

I stopped talking for a few moments and noticed that the cage had fallen silent.
Worried, I took a look across to check whether he had just got bored, but to my surprise I saw a cheeky little face peering over the side of the cage… watching me… the little creep!! :D

Now I should probably apologize for the sticker on the cage…
This used to be Casper’s cage, who as we know was very blooming special! :D

Anyway after a very intense staring contest, Banjo gave in and scurried off to the depths of his cage.
I like to think of this as a little bonding win!!

Either that or I have a peeping Tom of a hamster!!

Any other furries have a weird and wonderful habit?! Staring contests? C’mon, it can’t just be Joey!!

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Help, My Hamster Is Crying!!

Banjo was just a little baby hamster when I got him and when I got him home for the first time, it very quickly became apparent that I did not have a happy hamster!

Introducing him slowly to his new home became a very stressful event and there was a lot of noise coming out of my little hamster!

The only way I can describe the sounds, were like a screaming and crying baby!

What you are about to hear on this video is going to sound distressing – you have been warned!

Please note I had left little baby Joey to get accustomed to his new home for a whole day.

As you can hear Banjo is really putting his lungs to the test.
The crying continued for what felt like hours!

What does crying mean?

Like with babies, crying is a sign of distress. Hamsters are solitary creatures and so they need to be vocal to be heard! Banjo being curious! :D And hamsters aren’t so good at speaking human ;)
It can also be a sign of pain, so if this is out of character behavior for your little hammy then take note – they’re trying to tell you something!

How can I stop my hamster crying?

Give them some space. You are big and scary, they are little and easily intimidated! It is going to be frustrating when you just want to cuddle with your new pet but your hamster is nervous and they will need time to adjust to their surroundings. Patience is the key with this one!

The main thing to remember is DON’T PANIC!
This will get better over time.
You just need to build up trust with your new furry friend. Every pet has their own personality. Some need a little longer to get used to people than others.

Taming hamsters can be a lengthy process. And little Joey here is going to be a challenge – but all shall be shared!

If you have a new hamster then make sure you subscribe via email, then you wont miss a thing. And with a new hamster there is plenty to talk about!
More of Banjo the hamster coming soon!! :D


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Ladies & Gents, I Give You BANJO!

Today is the BIG reveal!
Granted this isnt gunna be such a huge drama like the Eastenders Live week but I can try and make this as big!

HamsterDiaries wouldn’t quite be a diary about hamsters if I didn’t have a hamster.
So I would like to introduce you to the gorgeous lil Banjo :)

Banjo the HamsterHe is a black and white banded Syrian hamster.
And I call him Joey for short :)

As I have just moved into my own home, I wanted a little fuss-free companion. Banjo was waiting in the shop, all cute and adorable! I’d have taken them all home with me to be honest but this inquisitive little face got me from the get go.

I have had him for a few months now and the taming process has been a nightmare. I have never struggled with a hammy quite as much as I have done with little Joey. He is a scaredy-ham!
This is going to make it very difficult to blog about as I can barely get a picture of him !

But alas, I hope he gives me as many wonderful adventures and stories as Eve, Dexter and Cas did!

Say hi to Banjo everybody! :D

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To continue the Casper themed remembrance posts, I have put together a little video with all my favourite beautiful photographs.
It will probably mean very little to the big wide world but I think it wouldn’t be right to not share it with you.

I shall put one together for little Dexter soon too.

So tomorrow will be my 300th HamsterDiaries post (wowzers!) so I am going to celebrate it in style with a BIG announcement I’ve been hinting about for a few days now…
Tune in tomorrow folks, follow the blog so you dont miss a thing! You don’t even have to have a WordPress account just check out the box on the left hand toolbar. Hamstery goodness delivered straight to your inbox – what more could you want!


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Making A Mess; A Flashback

I know they may have passed but I still have lots of wonderful photos of Casper and Dexter that never made it to post. And it seems like a shame to not share them with you all.

Especially when they are doing what they did best; making an almighty mess!! :D

So far, so good!

So here you can see Dexter tucking into a hamstery-donut. Delish eh Dex!

Okay little bit of mess there Dex

Oh I see how this works, you take a bite and it explodes crumbs everywhere yes?
Okay a LOT of mess there Dex!

Well there are more crumbs on the table than in your cheeks mister but I let you off as you look like youre enjoying it!

Oh thanks Dexter, just leave that mess for me to clear up yeah!Oh right now you walk away…. Its not like an fireball explosion – its not cool to walk away from it!!!
Oh I shall just have to clear that up… cheeky monster!

And as if I hadnt learnt my lesson from Dexter I then gave Casper one too…


Am I the only one who thinks it looks like Casper is driving an invisible car :P

I dont think you will fit that in there mister!

Munchings and crunchings and MESS! OH GOD THE MESS!

All done!Oh who could possibly stay mad at your adorable little face!!

I hope all my furry friends make this much mess! If they don’t, then sort it out! Flick the crumbs about my furry friends!!! :D

You also may remember the other day I hinted about the newest addition to HamsterDiaries? Well all shall be revealed soon! I will introduce you all to the latest fur-baby on my 300th blog post – 2 more posts away! ;)
So subscribe via email so you dont miss a thing!! :D

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