Wednesday, 19 June 2013

EXPLORING THE PLAYGROUND

I had to give Nutka some time to make herself at home. As you remember, she was an adult hamster when I bought her. That's why I didn't want to push her towards me too much. Playing outside the cage was suspended. I chose to wait until she's tamed knowing it would be much safer and less stressful for her this way. When the day came, she was thrilled above excited to discover The Closet:

LOOK, I'M A SAUSAGE-HAMSTER!

At the beginning Nutka was very cautious and reserved. She's pretty shy in general so I had to encourage her a bit to make her get used to the open space. For the first four months of her life she's been staying in the closing, after all. I can imagine how she must have felt when she finally got on the loose: Whoa...!

I'M PRETTY SURE THERE MUST BE A HIDDEN PASSAGE BEHIND THIS PANEL...
  
There was much of sniffing around, trotting, licking and nibbling. So many new textures, smells, noises... It was fun to observe how she becomes more and more self-confident, trying new things like climbing the sleeves (she loved that one!), sliding the towels and - of course - running The Great Spinning Wheel inside the wardrobe. And, man, she's quick as lightning, barely I can keep up!

NOW, THAT'S A PROPER HIDEOUT FOR A LADY...!

In the end I was way more tired than she looked like. It's amazing, how every hamster is different, with it's own habits and needs. It takes great deal of attention and love to understand it's little heart. Hope I will achieve that goal.

Monday, 17 June 2013

LOOK WHO'S WATCHING

:-) We're living peaceful, happy life together. Nutka has already got used to her new home and quickly turned out to be a real darling, a true sweet little angel. She loves fresh greens but her favourite treat is an apple. She doesn't eat much, though, she's not greedy. If she's hungry, she gets some, but if she's not than you can give her most delicious food - she won't take it. Nutka also is not affraid anymore: she lets me stroke her, kiss her and lift her up whenever I want to or need to. It's very kind of her ;-) And, of course, she loves her spinning wheel :-)

THE BIG BROTHER WATCHES YOU

Nutka is a normal, happy and healthy hamster, but in many ways she's unique. For example she loves to stare :-) At anything. Sometimes she's watching me doing something in the room, sometims it's the flower next to her cage she's up to. While doing this, she strikes most weird poses, like hanging on the cage bars or freezing inside the tubes. Bah, the tubes...! In her case they are not being regarded as home: it's just the passage from one cage to another. She's never even tried to build her nest inside them. She sticks to the ground, there she builds her nests, there she feels best. Well, we've already run in the room and she's just discovered the huge spinning wheel and the playground inside our wardrobe. She loved it but there's also one thing I made especially for her: a new clay burrow I'm gonna present in the near future but let me tease you first:

DID ANYONE CALL ME...?

Words can not express how glad I am I went with her... I know now, we may not have much time, so I'm gonna squeeze each day with her like a lemmon and live the time given to us like there's no tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for us.