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Old 09-08-2008, 11:00 AM   #11
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Re: what to do with unwanted pet?

if you're using shavings, switch to some paper pulp bedding like care fresh. it really really helps to cut down on the smell! I wouldn't give the pet away, especially since she's so good at taking care of it.

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Old 09-08-2008, 11:04 AM   #12
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Aww, since she's taking such good care of it, I really wouldn't want to give it away. I'm sure that would upset her quite a bit. Really, hamsters don't live that long and you've had it for awhile anyway, I would just try to tough it out. I would also try some different beddings.
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:34 PM   #13
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These things don't exactly have a long life span so if she's taking care of it I would just try and stick it out. My brother and I went through 12 hamsters and 13 gerbils when we were kids. We also always used the cedar wood chips and never had any problems.
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Old 09-08-2008, 01:12 PM   #14
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never ever use the cedar wood chips! I had two hamsters die of poisoning and it was an awful awful death to watch, very painful for the little ones... if we had known they wouldn't pull through we would have had them humanely put to sleep. it also seems to shorten their life span if they don't die immediately. after switching to paper pulp bedding I had 2 hamsters that lived 3 to 4 years when normally they only live 2.
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Old 09-08-2008, 01:35 PM   #15
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Nature's Miracle. I love it. It is all natural and since hamsters live such a short life, one will probably be all you need. It is an enzyme. It is a litter treatment (they have all sorts of products, but this is what I would recommend for your needs). It is an enzyme. We have used it for Dwarf Russian Hamsters, bunnies, rabbits and cats. It is safe and it works.
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Old 09-08-2008, 01:44 PM   #16
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Didn't read all the response but I wanted to say that hamsters can live for a longer time than you think. Mine lived for 4 years or so. You can potty train them which makes it much easier for helping keep down the stink 'cause then you just dump there potty box every day. Also helps keep their cage tidier although you still need to clean it often. Get a plastic bird seed dish (big enough for hamster to get in and move around a little) and put some clean shavings and some soiled shavings in it. Do this for a few weeks and the hamster should start going in it's new potty box.
Also I find it's best to have a open wire cage instead of an aquarium or plastic enclosure. Those hold the stink especially the plastic one I hate those!
Any how I say stick with it. She loves her little friend and it's good for you to teach her the commitment it takes when you get a pet. GL
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If you are really set on giving it away - any SPCAs will take them t rehome them. A lot of larger cities also have small and furry rescue organizations who will take them to rehome them. The SPCA should have a reference for you. The school is the best idea though many won't take them either since they have a hard time getting them adoted for school vacations and holidays.
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Aww, since she's taking such good care of it, I really wouldn't want to give it away. I'm sure that would upset her quite a bit. Really, hamsters don't live that long and you've had it for awhile anyway, I would just try to tough it out. I would also try some different beddings.

I'd just stick it out since they don't live very long...your dd is learning a lot from taking care of that smelly little critter,and I'm sure she's quite attached to it.
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They make an additive to put in the water that takes away the stink. It worked great for my sons hamster when it was alive.

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I had two hamsters as a kid and neither of them made it much past a year. I'd just tough it out till the little guy goes to the big hamster wheel in the sky, and then if your DD wants another one, get a female. Males of any rodent species STINK!


All male mammals stick. Ever smelt cat urine from a non-neutered male? Yeah, pretty bad. I've worked with all manner of creatures and used to breed cats. The bedding you use will definitely make a difference in the smell.

You'll probably hate me for this but I raised a hampster pretty much from birth and he lived almost 4 years.....I think that's pretty rare though.
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