Hamsters snore. Who knew?
I gotta tell you. I was skeptical. I stared at our little Waldo for a solid 5 minutes trying to figure out if it was actual snoring or some kind of rodent “death throe.” Alas (and relievedly so) it was not. I couple gentle scratches to his head confirmed this. But I got a little nervous anyway.
So I googled it “Do hamsters snore?” and not only is the answer “yes,” but even more surprisingly there are forums and forums online devoted to hamster snoring. I sh*t you not.
Snoring is common, but it’s something old hamsters do. Which makes me kind of sad. Because Waldo is awesome. Waldo and his brother Ralph are the sweetest, friendliest boys around and we haven’t paid near enough attention to them as they deserve. They’re always happy to see us. They always let us hold them and they have never nibbled or nervously taken a bite out of any of us.
I’m glad I took a moment to stop and peek in on them while I was doing laundry and caught our deliciously fat little hammie snoring. It reminded me to savor some time with him and his brother while we still can. They are way too neglected. Sure they have a wheel. Yes they have 3 stories of cage to play in, huts to hide in and the basically sleep all day anyway. But I really think if you bring home an animal you make a pact to care for it, love it, and make it a part of your family – which means not just feeding them and cleaning up poop (of which there is an abundance), but playing with them and giving them some attention. Our hamsters don’t get near enough of this.
I think tonight I’m going to let both of them out of their triplex cage for a bit and let them run around the bathroom with the kids. I think that would be nice.
And just to insure that the kids don’t miss Waldo too much if he passes soon – I’ll make them clean up all of the poop left behind.