I know he’s been featured before but this little fella brings me so much pleasure. Each day he will sit on my hand and let me stroke him. Actually, the stroking is quite new, he used to sit on my hand but if I tried to stroke him he’d run off like lightening. Lately, however he will let me stroke him, even though he’s so tiny and I can only stroke him with one finger, or my thumb.
He’s over a year old now and he’s grown, I’ve not measured him but I’d say he was the size of my thumb, so about 6cm. His brother, who lives in another cage because he was pretty nasty and nearly killed Marty, is much bigger, I’d say at least 7cm. He’s the big bully brother. I love Doc too and he also sits on my hand but I never get a photo of him because he’s so fast. He grabs his food and is off hiding to stuff his cheeks. Marty is definitely the more sociable one.
However I’m feeling just a few minutes with my little pets make me feel much better.
Today I’m sharing a photo of my cute little hamster Marty, he’s a Roborovski hamster which are one of the smallest breads. Marty is one year old this week and is currently measuring about three and a half centimetres. He sits comfortably in the palm of my hand, in fact I could probably get two in the palm of my hand.
I do actually have two Roborovsk hamsters, Marty has a brother called Doc. I don’t get to photograph Doc much as he is so much faster than Marty. He can also sit on my hand, but I have to be careful as he likes to run up my arm and try to escape.
I chose these hamsters as a birthday present last year. I saw them in the pet shop and they were so cute huddled up together. I bought a large cage for them and two of everything as suggested…but they did nothing but fight after I brought them home. Doc attacked Marty so bad that I thought he wasn’t going to make it for a while, but I bought another cage and separated them and, thankfully, Marty got well again. As you can see in my photo he’s a handsome little fella.
Being nocturnal I don’t really get much time with my pets. In the morning I wake them up and give them water and food and let them run all over my hand. I wish I could cuddle them but they are so small there is not much to cuddle. So, I have to settle for a little run on my hand and I can stroke them with my thumb.
Every weekend on of the kids help me to clean out their cages. It’s a fun job with Marty as he runs around and plays on our hands. It’s not so fun with Doc, he constantly tries to escape and it’s a bit of a panic. If one of them did escape I doubt very much that we would find them. They are very tiny and very quick. In fact, I don’t think our cats would find them either!
We have to keep them separate to the cats. They are put on a high shelf in the daytime while they sleep and the cats take little notice. We move them to the kitchen when they are awake at night and keep the cats locked out of there. The cats would have problems getting into the cages, but I’m sure if they were determined enough they’d find a way.
The lifespan of these little creatures is only about three years. I can’t believe they are already a year old. They bring me so much pleasure even if it’s only for a little while each morning. Marty is my favourite because he comes running towards me in the morning, whereas Doc takes lots of persuasion to come and sit on my hand. Doc is definitely the Grumpy one, whereas Marty is friendly and wants to play.
Say hello to Marty, one of my Roborovski dwarf hamsters. He’s looking for the sunflower seed on my five year old Little Man’s hand….you can see how titchy he is!
My other Roborovski is Doc (yes, I’m a Back to the Future fan!) but he’s so fast I couldn’t get a decent photo of him. Perhaps I should play around with my camera settings but to be honest I don’t think I have to skill to catch him.
Both my little babies love to crawl over your hand but we daren’t pick them up because they are really fast and so tiny, if we lost one we’d have a job trying to find him again. So we have to settle with them running over our hands, often at the speed of lightning. Marty will let you stroke him but to be honest, at the size of your finger there is not much to stroke!
The used to be caged together, but Doc was very violent to Marty and we had to separate them. Poor Marty was in a terrible state, when we moved him, I wasn’t sure if he was going to live, but he did and he’s fine now, all wounds cleared up. He’s still the most friendly one and Doc, will nip you whenever he gets the chance.
They are nocturnal and often don’t wake up until after I’ve gone to bed, but they are always awake first thing in the morning and ready to play.
So what do you think of my little baby? I’d love to hear about your pets.