Monday, 28 February 2011

Introducing Artemis



I'd like you to meet the newest member of my family. Artemis is a Syrian hamster we've just adopted from a rescue centre in the Forest of Dean. We looked towards the mythological lunar goddesses for a name, because she's nocturnal, and picked this one because she's also independent and strong-willed and adventurous.


We've been on a shopping spree to get ready for her: cage, wheel, food, bedding, and toys. It seems like you can't get pet insurance for rodents, so that's one less thing to decide about, although of course she'll still have to go to the vet sometimes (the lovely Sal from the rescue recommended a good one near us). We've actually got two cages for her, a big one for normal use and a smaller one that's more portable if we leave her with friends who've volunteered to babysit. We can also put her in the smaller cage while we're cleaning out the main one, which should reduce the risks of her running away! Like I said, she likes to explore.


Hamsters like to chew a lot, so we're going to give her branches from the apple tree, and hoping that'll discourage her from munching on the cage too much. We'll be figuring a lot of this out as we go along, it's ages since either of us had pets - I had mice when I was much younger, and Andrew had a guinea pig, so we've both had rodents before. If anyone has hints and tips for hamster care, I'd love to hear them. And of course, I'll be trying to persuade her to look cute on camera at regular intervals (somehow, I don't think she's going to struggle with that).





25 comments:

Red-haired hiker said...

*squeeee*!!

Check which trees are ok - some are poisonous to some animals and not others. I have no idea about apple, or hamsters specifically though.

smilla4blogs said...

If I am a hamster in my next life, let me please please be adopted by you! Artemis has clearly landed on all four of her very tiny feet! "Google" for hamster care I would imagine....looking forward to updates!

Elisabeth said...

She's exquisite, reminds me of someone from The wind in the Willows. I can almost hear her speak - squeak.

K said...

She's very cute! We had hamsters growing up and I've always liked little furry things.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

How sweeeet! These tiny creatures are so lovely and it's amazing how attached you can get to them. Dylan has a cute pet rat called Sugar and he's very cute too, so I know what you mean. Enjoy! Love from London xo

A Scattering said...

She's adorable! And oh sooooo photogenic. I look forward to seeing more photos of her.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I'm kind of chuckling that you're going to take Artemis to the vet. What a lucky hamster!

rosaria said...

I heard that hamsters make great pets. She'll love her new home.

Ginny said...

Oh, she's just adorable!!!! My favorite picture is the next to last one. We used to have gerbils. We put paper towel tubes in the cage for them to run through and chew.

Galit Breen said...

Oh, honey! Congratulations! Love the photos to help tell the story! Sounds like a perfect fit for you and your sweet family! XO

Elizabeth Braun said...

200% cute! I must do a thread painting of her someday.=)

becky said...

so what do you do with your new one when traveling? tuck it in your handbag?

Clover said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

christine said...

She's very sweet and soooo photogenic:) xx

Rachel said...

Oh, very cute indeed. And no, she'll have no trouble looking photogenic for you, will she!

J. Rosemary Moss said...

Aw! Hi Artemis!

I've never had a hamster, but I've had lots of pet rats--all of whom were a joy and all of whom I miss terribly! Needless to say, I'm very pro-rodents as pets. ;)

Toni said...

Artemis has his first stalker - me! OMG how cute! Reminds me of my old hamster Nibbler (Futurama character haha).
Can I suggest something with the cage you have? If you have two doors on the cage use them both equally - we used just one 99% of the time and before you knew it I woke up at 2am with a hamster on my bed, then again at 3am by the toilet =D
Enjoy Artemis and make sure you take lots of photos - soo bloody cute!! (can you haesr me smiking?! haha). xx

Charlotte said...

Eeeeeeep!!! Rachel, she is absolutely adorable. And I love the name you picked out for her. She clearly went to a good home; congrats to the new parents :)

Jen said...

She's adorable. She'll be running on her wheel all night, so be sure to get a quiet one or put her in a different room.

Mary said...

I'm sure her antics will be great fun. I also love her name. Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

Jules Woolford said...

That is a very, very, pretty little hammy, and well done to you for adopting a rescue rodent. Happy Hamster caring!

Deirdre said...

Awww! I love hamsters! I used to have a guinea pig too. The thing I remember most about "Mr. Guinea" would be his squeaks!

fafner said...

That's one beautiful hamster! I used to have a hamster when I was a kid named Nutkin, but that's really neither here nor there. Congrats on the new addition!

Alice Braga said...

Aw! Welcome home, Artemis, you goddess, you.

LOL about rodent insurance! Rachel, you are too much, and as smilla4blogs so eloquently put it, Artemis is beyond fortunate to have you both as owners/parents/guardians/caregivers.

Lilian Nattel said...

I'm not generally a hamster fan, but Artemis is a cutie with a great name.

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