On July 1, 2005 our two hamsters River Rat and Mud Dog were proud parents to ten baby hamster pups. The boys named them all: Seadog, Victoria, St. Nick, Mudrat, Antonio, Mommaroo, Dirt Devil, Garbage Digger, Water Rat, and Danakin
Of course after mommy gave birth, we tried to give them their time together disturbing the cage as least as possible. Prior to the birth we made sure the cage was as sterile as a hamster cage could get so that once they were born we wouldn’t have to disrupt the babies. The first two weeks of the babies lives are most crucial so it is important not to cause unnecessary stress on the them or their mother.
Once the pups were about two weeks old we noticed their eyes beginning to open and their coat hair begin to grow. They transformed into looking like real hamsters unlike the pink hairless little creatures we once had. At this time we also began to handle them making sure we were extremely gentle.
In the end, we contacted the pet store who agreed to take the pups back. Of course they agreed to take them back for free. Regardless of the fact that we didn’t get rich selling baby hamsters, 🙂 it was a wonderful experience for all of us to witness their life cycle from birth!
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