by Andi Saw December. 06, 2018 307 views

Since 2 days Gatsby doesn't run on the wheel. I thought he could have an abscess, because he kept keeping food in his cheeks... So I decided to see the VET.

Hamsters need an expert VET in Exotic animals... basically Snakes and Hamsters (Eater and food) have the same doctor. Now I have a VET for Psycho the Cat and Skizzy the Dog, and a vet for the 2 tiny things.

No abscess, no cures, but the VET took off of his cheeks this amount of food (Pic below). And the cheeks were half full.
While keeping food inside the cheeks is normal, some hamsters are unable to take it outside (Especially when they are young), but, most of all, they can keep it forever, the food rottens, and the hamster gets sick.
Before confirming the abscess, you need to keep out the food, or you cannot see the cheek, so my poor little thing has been scrambled like an egg, this afternoon. Poor kid.

Please, ignore my usual scratched & old nail polish!

Now he's sleeping under his house, and I don't think I'll see him tonight.

When it was time to pay, the vet said: 30€.

I was surprised. On the phone they told me "The visit is 35 euros + who knows what we need to do to take care of him". So I asked why this low price, and the vet said:
"We haven't seen a hamster in YEARS. They live a short life, and people simply let them die. You came here knowing everything about hamsters, showing us the pictures of the habitat, you give him the best food on the marked, and the moment you got worried, you brought him to the Vet. Officially, people like you don't exist... Consider this an encouragement to go on like this!"


The day I brought home Holden, Gatsby freaked out.
Started saving food inside his cheeks, was not so friendly anymore, and he started acting really weird. He was stressed.

Tiny hamster Brain, couldn't understand Holden was in another home and could never come out, so Gatsby was expecting an attack any moment. (Awww. this is so sad)


To save Gatsby, I had no other option than setting Holden free in the garden... I'm sorry.

Nobody believed this bs, right? OF COURSE NOT!!!
I moved Holden in my bedroom. Not happy about the solution, but for now it's ok.
I opened Gatsby's room window, and let inside fresh air. I cleaned everything, hoping Holden smell disappeared, and crossed my fingers.
With some help from the AGAH (Almighty Gods of All Hamsters), Gatsby will start changing again, now that his "Archenemy" is gone!

Today, in Trieste, my hometown, is San Nicolò (Sain Nicholas).
He's a sort of Mini Santa. He brings candies and chocolate to good kids, and coal (Sugar coal) to the naughty ones.

I'm 46, I have money, and I unilaterraly decided I was a good girl, and I bought myself THIS



It was not my intention to post such an ugly image, taken with my cellphone... but when I saw Pete's Rib Eyes tonight... I thought I had to fight back! :)

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Jay Boggess 5 months ago

Totally amazing, what those little critters can pack away in their cheeks! Wow!!!
Your fritters made me drool on my keyboard....."slup-slup".....(grin)

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Heidi Egerman 5 months, 1 week ago

I LOVE your ‘hamster chronicles’. I always look forward to them. I am hoping that everyone settles into their new surroundings - for a calm and peaceful holiday.

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Andi Saw Replied to Heidi Egerman 5 months, 1 week ago

Well Gatsby didn't change a single bit. 
He woke up, and filled his cheeks. But he emptied them on the wheel (At least he used it for something). I guess the cheek was irritated, so he couldn't save food as usual. 
He's not angry with me. This is important. 
He spent the night sleeping, and digging. 

Holden went to sleep at 2am. 
And this was weird. I thought he was ok... but maybe, all this running up and down was not "Being a hamster" but a sign of stress too.
Finding himself alone, for the very fisrt time in his life, probably he relaxed so much he needed to sleep. 
It's typical for a new hamster to disappear a couple of days when you bring him home. New owners freak out. But Holden have never had this chance, because he was in a cage with 14 hamsters before, then on the same shelf as Gatby. 
I give them both a week. I'm sure they will both change something in their behaviour.

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Pete Fitzgetald 5 months, 1 week ago

HA well played lady Andi well played, that looks absolutely delicious!!! ... Hope the fuzzy ones are doing well

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Andi Saw Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 5 months, 1 week ago

The fuzzy one is doing fine, thanks. First thing he did when he woke up was... fill his cheeks again, OF COURSE! smile

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Helen Hooker 5 months, 1 week ago

I hope Gatsby's on the mend soon. It's truly amazing what they can store in their cheeks!

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Andi Saw Replied to Helen Hooker 5 months, 1 week ago

I took the picture because I thought nobody would believe my words with no proof. 
Gatsby showed up tonight and he immediately filled his cheeks again. No lesson learned today smile He's fine, he walks, runs, and digs. 
No wheel tonight, but he burrowed a lot smile

5 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil 5 months, 1 week ago

May AGAH be with your hamsters smile

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Andi Saw Replied to Antonio Gil 5 months, 1 week ago

... and with your spirit!
(We all need on our side every God we can get!) joy

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Bethany Plonski 5 months, 1 week ago

I can't believe that is only HALF what he can hold in his cheeks! Glad you have such a kind vet and that you treated yourself to a fritter. 
I have a similar issue with our dog who is anxious, where I would give anything to be able to speak his language and tell him everything will be fine or that the thing he is terrified of will not actually hurt him. Hope Gatsby is feeling less stressed soon. blue heart

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Andi Saw Replied to Bethany Plonski 5 months, 1 week ago

I had a 18 years old dog. She was mistreated before I adopted her. Not horribly mistreated. Normally mistreated. 
She died at 18, and I never was able to touch her head. The language you can speak to him is patience. 
A constant reminder you're not going anywhere, you have his back, and he's safe. 
The world is a scary place, but when you're together, you know he KNOWS you're the alpha woman, and he can rely on you.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 5 months, 1 week ago

So true. I don't know the details of how my dog was mistreated, but I have some ideas based on his behaviors. The damage it does makes me so sad and angry. But I have learned more about patience from this dog than I ever thought possible. We worked with a trainer for him too, and she said the exact same thing, that he needs to know someone is his alpha. That is a struggle, because no one in our household is a very assertive leader by nature. So everyone is learning, but I think we've made progress, just baby steps. Animals can teach us so much!

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Andi Saw Replied to Bethany Plonski 5 months, 1 week ago

Now, the only missing part is an adorable picture of your dog! smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 5 months, 1 week ago

Coming soon, dog pictures and house projects! smile

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Andi Saw Replied to Bethany Plonski 5 months, 1 week ago

YAYYY smile

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Björn Roose 5 months, 1 week ago

Well, the vet has declared you something close to a saint, so you were entitled to buy yourself a Saint Nicholas treat, weren't you ? smile  By the way, Saint Nicholas is not a mini Santa, he's the original one innocent But I saw Peter explained that already smile

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Andi Saw Replied to Björn Roose 5 months, 1 week ago

You're right. 
I meant he brings small presents, and sweets. Nowadays Santa brings huge and cool stuff. Shops are not closed on Dec 6, but they are closed on Dec 25... The commercial part. 

And NO. I'm not a saint. I'm anxious, I exaggerate, and I overdo... and I'm happy for once this worked so well to grant me a discount smile

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Björn Roose Replied to Andi Saw 5 months, 1 week ago

Well, most saints didn't reach that status because they were so very calm. In general they just got killed by people who didn't like them smile

And the small and huge presents: when I was a child (not that long ago) Christmas was all about sitting together with the family and having good food and drinks, but it was Saint Nicholas (or Saint Martin in our region) who gave us the big presents. Commerce kind of took over and switched things around.

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Sherry Hill 5 months, 1 week ago

i like your little critter vet, what a good dude.. so encouraging.. 
and of course you deserve a nutella fritter.. mmmm, looks so good..

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Andi Saw Replied to Sherry Hill 5 months, 1 week ago

It was delicious! 
Well, everything wity Nutella in it is! smile 
Yes, she was really kind. 
I'm glad I went there, and I met her in a non-emergency situation. I had the chance to know her a little, and I think she's cool.

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Camellia 5 months, 1 week ago

You deserve not one but two nuttella fritters. You have been a very very good girl and if you want me to vouch for you I will. 

I learned something new today...hamsters and food storage. There is a reason you hang around educate me and the rest of the gang and you my friend are doing a fantastic job at that smile

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Andi Saw Replied to Camellia 5 months, 1 week ago

I think it's the first time that someone appreciate this trait. 
People HATE when I do that! 
They think I'm a stuck-up, know-it-all schoolteacher! 
They're right smile 

I know I get obsessed by something, I study the subject then I talk for 3 months about that. I know it can be frustrating, and boring. 
Soon I'll find out another passion, and we all move on! blue heart

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Berckmans Peter 5 months, 1 week ago

I did not know you have Sinterklaas (San Nicolo),thought it was only in the low lands,Belgium and Netherland. He is in fact Santa,the Dutch brought him to the USA,and became Santa. And you have been a very good girl.  The hamster both male, maybe a teritorial thing and competition. They look sweet,but are they.......

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Andi Saw Replied to Berckmans Peter 5 months, 1 week ago

I saw many videos of people keeping many hamsters inside the same room. Piles o bins or cages all around, so I've never thought it could be a problem. 
They are lonely and VERY territorial creatures. Of course, it's hard for us to explain them, the "collegue" is not a threat. I've tried, but i'ts obvious my "Hamsterese (Hamster language) is not really good! 

Not every city in Italy have Sinterklass. In Milan, for example, they have Saint Lucy (Dec 13), but Saint Nicholas is the most famous. The city is full of stands, you can eat, drink, and buy  simple presents, like scarves, and socks. 
I like it more than Christmas. Sinterklass is smaller, more familiar, and intimate. 
Do you give presents to kids? Did you give a present to yourself???

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Andi Saw 5 months, 1 week ago

Here it is a big tradition, much better than X-mass. A week before his birthday, Sinterklaas arrives in a steamboat coming from Spain. With his horse and trusty helpers Zwarte Piet ( Black Pete ). Kids make lists with what the want for his birthday and you can really bring them to the postoffice. The lists are easy for the parents,than they know what to get for the kids. The night before ,the 5th they put there shoe filled with sugar and carrots for the horse and put them in fro,nt of the chimney. Than they have to go sleep early and don't come out of bed for a peak. The story sais that Sinterklaas and his helpers come through the chimney and give the good kids presents and bad kids go in the sack. Sinterklaas rides the rooftops on his white horse.There are a lot of sweets and presents that day.
I gave mine litle girl some small presents, she is almost 18 but still loves it..

Sadly the last 3 years , some political groups said that the helper Black Pete is a slave and the feast is about racism. Even last year there where fights in front of the kids in the streets of Holland. Nothing is further from the thruth, Black pete is black because he has to climb into the chimneys. Nobody talked about racism for this childerns feast , it all started with a small group who want not to change it but to stop it. This makes me very angry, and than it becomes black and white for me, no way between. Not happy here with our way of live,please move on than and let us keep ou childerns feast.

Nice thing is Sinterklaas really lived and he came from Turkey. He was an christian Bisshop and I believe his grave is in Italy. He is the protector of childern and ladies of pleasure.

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Andi Saw Replied to Berckmans Peter 5 months, 1 week ago

True. His relics are in Bari and Venice. 
I love the story, and I love the fact you still give your girl presents, even if she's almost 18 blue heart

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Björn Roose Replied to Andi Saw 5 months, 1 week ago

Amen to Peter's explanation about the ado over Black Pete. And he's right about the age thing. Where I work everybody gets a Saint Nicholas breakfast on December 6th and everybody there is (though it may not always seem so) an adult smile

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