Hamsters Give It a Whirl

I never had one of these flying saucer wheels for my mice; maybe they hadn’t been invented yet.

These look like young and inexperienced hamsters learning how to get the most out of their wheel. Two things about hamster videos always impress me: how can their legs move so fast… and how come they don’t get dizzy?

Houdini the Hamster

In this video, obtained at no small risk, you will see three hamsters demonstrate remarkable gifts for escape artistry. You will also see a hamster who wants to eat mealworms. This isn’t gross when a frog or a lizard does it, but we don’t want to see mammals chowing down on these.

Hamsters’ Bath-Time

I didn’t know hamsters love sand baths. I thought it was only chinchillas. Now I wonder whether my mice would have enjoyed sand baths.

Is it true that hamsters, decades ago, were grumpy little animals that have since been bred for nicer personalities? The ones I see in videos seem jollier than hamsters used to be.

Turn in Your Cat Card!

Isn’t this disgraceful? What could be more pussilaminous (if you’ll forgive the pun) that for a cat to flee from a hamster? And a rather small hamster, at that!

“There are old hamsters, and there are bold hamsters, but there are no old bold hamsters.”  –Ancient Bithynian Saying (obviously untrue, in this case)

Cuddly Cat and… Hamster?

When I was a boy, hamsters were these grouchy little animals that some people liked anyhow. Nowadays they’re nicer: all that breeding has paid off.

But who would’ve thought a hamster could ever be cuddly with a cat?

We may be getting a glimpse into God’s plan for all His creatures–including us.

Hamster Puts the Whammy on a Cat

I wouldn’t try this at home, but apparently the hamster is perfectly safe because the cat’s afraid of him. Indeed, the hamster acts like the cat’s not even there. How can this be?

Our cat Henry showed no interest in our pet mice; but that was because we had a tankful of baby fence lizards (hatched here at home!) that quite occupied his fantasies. I wouldn’t have trusted him with a baby lizard for two seconds.

Holy Moly, the Sun Came Out!

Ooh-ooh-ooh! It’s stopped raining! The sun came out!

I’d better get out there and start writing. It won’t be long now before the cold weather sets in and the ink won’t run from my pen (yes, I’ve actually tried to writing on days that cold–and that’s what happened), and I have a book I’ve got to finish.

Phoebe mentioned being as busy as a hamster spinning in a wheel, so here are some busy hamsters for you to contemplate. How come they don’t get dizzy when they do this? Sixty seconds of this stuff and I don’t think a human being would ever recover from it. This deserves serious study.

Ah, Behold! What a time I’ve had with you! It wasn’t till near the end of May that the weather allowed me to start work on you–a whole month lost, right out of the batter’s box. And I still don’t know what anybody in the story is going to behold.

Nevertheless, I am being pulled along willy-nilly, the current’s strong and I can’t swim against it–and, as Jackie Gleason used to say, awaaaay we go!

When Hamsters Hit the Skids

Apparently hamsters like sliding. I wonder how it compares to running so fast inside an exercise wheel that first your legs and then the rest of you turns into a blur.

The famed Egyptologist Howard Carter, who discovered and opened Tutankhamen’s tomb, has nothing to say about sliding hamsters.

Kittens & Hamsters (Really?)

Oh, come on, now! This is getting out of hand. Cats and hamsters, all buddy-buddy? What’s next?

Domesticated animals can learn to behave in ways they’d never think of in the wild. I’m sure I remember hamsters as being grumpier than they are now, but that was a long time ago and hundreds of hamster generations have been bred since then.

Will the kitten still be the hamster’s friend when he grows up to be a cat?

Who knows? Animals can always surprise us.

Kittens & Hamsters (It Just Might Work)

Hamsters were kind of grump little souls, when I was just a boy; but it looks like that’s been largely bred out of them and now they’re much friendlier.

So here are kittens trying to make friends with hamsters: nobody taught them they were supposed to eat them. And no one taught the hamsters to be afraid of kittens.

My cats never showed much interest in my mice, beyond a casual sniff or two. It was the baby fence lizards that they wanted to wolf down. But they couldn’t get the lid off the tank.