My boyfriend was never convinced that hamsters were good pets. He was adamant that he would have nothing to do with ‘the thing’ when I got him.
I think I can now say me and Dexter have well and truly won him over!
Hamsters aren’t too demanding so are great little pets. Especially as they sleep during the day (when we work)! When they come out to play in the evenings its perfect timing for us.
He’s also getting much calmer when handling him now. He used to scream – yes you read that right. He sounded like a piglet squealing! We checked with the pet shop owners who assured me that the screaming was natural as he was only a baby and was fending us off to put us off holding him.
It was very unnerving but now he loves being held! It just took a lot of patience to get him comfortable with us both.
Knowing when to leave him alone has also been hard, more so for me. When we first got him, I wanted to hold him all the time and play with him all the time which must have seemed so stressful for the little guy! So I quickly realised when I needed to just let him come to me. It didn’t take long for him to decide when he wanted to play.
Trusting Dexter has come around more recently. He longer feels like he needs to defend himself as he knows were not a threat which in turn has let us trust him much more.
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