“Ah Boy” has always been the least favourite of my hamsters as he is the hyperactive type. He would not sit still and was prone to mood swings from time to time nipping his cage mate very violently hard or chasing him around the tank. He’s drawn blood on my pearl so many times. Furthermore he is the skinniest of all my hamsters. I considered him the ultimate bully
and he scorns any hamster gorging/hoarding food by chasing him around the tank and nipping him.
“Ah Boy” came all through as a problem hamster. He has caused me constant worry. From the beginning he began to develop a type of skin rash which left his skin inflamed red and in folds…however after going through so many websites I decided on self treating it with a compound for dermatitis. Luckily he recovered but that did not wane his sense for adventure and dangerous stunts.
He will hang from the upper bars of his Safari cage swinging and dropping himself down…occasionally doing back flips or just plunging down when his tiny arms would hold him no longer; on his back or rump. He would continue to do this a few times and it made me so worried he may injure himself. He would also take to his wheel like a marathon runner.
One day as I took him out to inspect his receding rash..he began to limp and drag his foot in an awkward twisted position…being the concerned owner I was, I panicked and was determined to bring him to the vet the next day as it was already late. I could not sleep that night with ceaseless worry that he may never walk properly again.
Even as sleep befell me I had visions of “Ah Boy” in a cast.
The next morning, I was chastising “Ah Boy” and at the same time preparing his transport tank; I took him out and to my amazement he was walking fine. That evening he was repeating his performance stunts like a star who could not let his adoring fans down.
Weeks later….another problem cropped up…he started to sport a swollen lower lip like an abscess. I was worried sick as to how he was going to eat etc…..would it break open or fall of….should I bring him to the vet to cut it open ….a dozen questions crossed my mind….
Finally, I decided to leave him for a day or two to see if the swelling would go down….he laid quite listlessly in the corner and looking very sorry for himself. No more stunts!! I fed him soft pear, yoghurt drops and shelled sunflower seeds. The only acknowledgement he gave was lifting his head when I came near his cage. I took him out every night and the swelling seemed
to go down…but in my inspection, he squirmed and wriggled so much that I had to put him back..even his pearl room mate took to cuddling up to him and sleeping on his tummy.
Up to the Hamstermeet he has recovered fully of all his infirmities except for a small red dot on his lower lip like a lipstick stain.
In fact what surprised and amazed me most was his behaviour as the meet. He sat so still when he was stroked as if he enjoyed it so much. He sat so motionless and made no attempts to move as if a dog or cat being stroked when otherwise he would be a mini Tarzan at home.
I was so impressed by his angelic behaviour that I would have awarded him star status if only he could sign autographs as well. Anyway, I was so proud of him for his quality to actually sit still for some half an hour. Even when he was passed around, he still made no attempts to move except to stretch himself out like a cat to ease stroking his whole back.
From my least favourite, he has elevated to my most favoured. The only thing left is to fatten him up slightly. Anyway, he is back to his old hyper self, and we will have to see at the next meet if he makes a repeat of his angelic performance. I do hope it’s not a one time performance only!!