I spent £3 on a bag of cut up twigs - how spoilt is this hamster please.
I did used to have a hamster when I was younger - an all white one (funny how that reflects my style now hah) - but now that I've actually had the common sense to read up properly on hamster care, I'm actually sad to admit that I can't believe my old hamster lived as long as it did!
Pet shop cages are disgustingly small and I've shunned the two cages I already owned in favour of a DIY bin cage, which is basically just a huge, transparent plastic storage box, and I've kept the lid off for ventilation (walls are too high for her to escape). Not only is it waaay cheaper but it's actually a decent size for the ham and no more bar chewing! People don't realise, *I* never realised, that just because a hamster is small, doesn't mean it can be kept in a small cage and shame on pet shops for even selling them. They need space to wander, to fit enough toys for boredom and to have a decent depth of substrate for burrowing. I'm looking you, Pets At Home!!!
I'm also going through the proper process of taming her - leaving her alone and building up the amount of contact with her until I start holding her etc. With my first hamster, I started playing with her as soon as I got her home, which explains why she pooed on my hand... How stressed would you be if a Chinese giant took the roof off your house and grabbed you from above?!
I could go on but none of you have probably read this far. BUT if you do happen to be considering buying a hamster, Hamster Central is a great resource about good and bad for hams and advice on everything in between. Also ErinsHamsters on YouTube!