My Hamazing Story: Hello I’m Janarie!

Hi! I’m Janarie from Baguio, currently a hammy mom of 1 female cdh (named Pixie). We started having hamsters back in May of 2019 (if I remember it right). I wanted to get a hamster for my son so he could learn how to be gentle with smaller pets. A lot of people say it’s wrong buying a hamster for a child but my take on it is as long as the parent is the main caretaker of the hamster/s and you’re there to supervise them when they handle the hamsters then it’s fine. I remember wanting just 1 syrian hamster back then but the pet shop employee insisted the hamsters should go in pair or they would get sad living alone, I didn’t know much about hamsters back then. I honestly didn”t do a lot of research prior to buying a hamster.

So, we got 2 syrian hamsters, seed mix sold at the pet shop and got the largest wired cage they have at the time. I thought the hamsters would live happily with what we got them until I started joining groups and learned more about proper keeping (along with the learning I started slowly upgrading everything). The first hamster group I joined was Hamster Care Group UK, I’ve learned a lot from the group where I spent a lot of time silently reading, never posted though since it’s a UK group. I started to look for hamster groups in the Philippines and have joined a few. I posted a screenshot of thehamsterguy’s bin making video in one of the local groups I have joined asking about bincage materials accessible to me in our city and didn’t know BG was in that local group too, he invited me to join PHK and so I did. I’ve seen enclosures with lots of toys and enrichments, I was happy to find a local group where I was comfortable posting, had a sense of community with the members even when I just joined the group. Being in the Philippines, appropriate products for hamsters were hard to find especially back when I was starting so finding PHK then helped a lot with looking for items that were safe and appropriate.

An advice I can share for those wanting to have a hamster/s as a pet is really to do a lot of research first (which we should be doing to any kind of pet), you have to know what you’re getting into and if hamster is a pet that’s right for you and your family. Another would be to get all the basic things you need first before getting/adopting a hamster (which on my case was the other way around, I struggled looking for items I needed that I wanted to get asap. Most items got to me in more than a week so that’s something to think about too). Happy Keeping 🐹

My Hamazing Story: Hello I’m KATH!

Hi there, I’m Katherine from LasPiñas city. So, the start of my hammy journey was last July 10, 2019, when my family and I went to festival mall and noticed this little tiny creature ‘roborovski.’ I took a picture and told my boyfriend that I want a hamster on my birthday since I’m once an owner of a syrian hamster when I was an little child. Anyway fast forward, I met someone who is selling a same gendered female roborovski hamster and we bought them. I started using 24L blue bin with a division in between. I started researching on google and youtube on how to tame them, what’s the proper enclosure for them. I watched some videos from TheHamsterGuy and found out a group that you can join to learn more about proper hamster keeping. I have checked their “caresheet” and find it interesting, that is why I’ve decided to join the group. Because of the group, I have decided to upgrade my cage to a bigger one which is a 58L Bincage for my roborovski hamsters.

During my entire time I’ve been saving up my school allowance to buy my hammy needs to spoil them sometimes, I always watched youtube everything that I should know about keeping a hamster. After a few months, when everything is okay, I adopted my first syrian hamster from Hamdoption PH (see picture below #2 chiro) Applying everything I’ve learned from PHK, you can see that there is a big improvement in my way of keeping a hamster.

One of my dream before is to own all of the hamster species. Guess what, I’ve successfully own all of the hamster species. (Roborovski, Syrian, Winterwhite, Campbell and Chinese hamsters) All of my hamster are properly taken care off using the things I’ve learned from the group. (see pictures below #3 set ups and the hammies)

All my current hamsters are properly taken care of applying the things I learned from the group. I also experienced owning all hamster species from Syrian hamster, Winterwhite hamster, Roborovski Hamster, Campbell Hamster and Chinese hamster and realized that hamster keeping is not about having many hamsters or different type of species but providing for their needs and prepareing an emergency budget if ever something might happen to them.

Today, I am still learning from the community and I’m thankful from what I’ve become today! ♥️ Thank you so much, Philippine Hamster Keepers for guiding those newbie who needs help and willing to learn for their hamsters and for helping them to improve and lastly, thank you for inspiring us. 💗 Here’s my current set up for my hammies, I’m still slowly upgrading them all in baby foot steps ( #4 Current Set ups and the hammies)

My advice to those who are planning to own a hamster, make sure that you are prepared emotionally, spiritually, physically and financially. Hamsters are commitments too even though they live 1.5-2 years life span. They deserve to be love and take care of. Even they’re small it doesn’t mean that they need to be caged on small bin. You can start with small cage but make sure that you’ll upgrade and improve your keeping! 😊 Money matters but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have hamsters. You can slowly improve your care and just be open to suggestion and be inspired by others who are in the community. Remember, owning a life of a small creature is a commitment, Happy keeping! 🐹

My Hamazing Story: Hello I’m Maje!

Henlo everyone, I’m maje nierves from Quezon city! I started rescuing/adopting hamster when the pandemic started. I’m a nurse and I’m currently staying at quezon city away from my parents. When the pandemic started, I’m being sad a lot of times because one factor is I can’t go home because of COVID. My boyfriend (RAYAN) is also a nurse and we have different schedule, which makes me feel alone at our apartment that time because of the COVID overtime at work. Our apartment doesn’t allow any pet inside, so I was thinking what kind of pet is not that noisy , not that big and not that complicated to take care of (also not that stink 😊 ) . Then one of my workmates suggested , “WHY NOT HAMSTER? “ and I was like “TAMA!!” ❤

And that’s where it began, I searched on facebook and joined some HAMSTER group, until I saw some post about PHK , I clicked their page and I read their Mission. It captures my heart and messaged their page right away. I was so excited but.. the requirements is not that easy, I lived in a small apartment and I was thinking where will I place it. I tried fixing my place so that I have enough space for my hamster. I was being impulsive that time because of emotional problems at work and need some stress reliever. I thought having a hamster is just easy, just place them in a small cage , add some wheel food and water and that’s it, I also thought that I need pairs for them not to be lonely. But When i joined PHK group chat V3, I learned a lot about hamster keeping. I understand why they need bigger cage, deeper beddings , food mixes and why is breeding is NOT tolerated ,etc. and when the day comes that I’ll be getting my first hamster, a rex CDH 2months old named THOR (HamsTHOR) , I knew that it was love at first sight when I saw my very first baby hamster. Taming is a no joke, it takes time and effort and pain (if they bite you hehe) but PHK is there to guide me as a beginner HAM-MOM. I did some research and everything, and after a month, I adopted BUHBLES , a 4 months old syrian hamster, the one that PHK rescued and had a mass removal surgery. I was afraid to touched her that time. Taming process really challenged me but I tried everyday and didn’t give up. And lastly, I adopted a Winterwhite 1 month old named NYEBIE (came from the word NYEBE = snow). Every hamsters has different personality which challenged me how to interact with them. What I love also being a HAM-MOM is , they are like a Kid that has their own favorite toys, favorite treatoo , don’ t like this and that which makes them different and unique with one another.

I’m so thankful that I found PHK group and learned the right proper keeping right away! My advice to future HAM-MOM or HAM-dad is be prepared because even though they are small, they are kinda expensive. They have short life span, and we should give them all while they are still kicking here in this world. My goal is for them to thrive while they’re still with me. But remember , don’t rush , follow the step by step process if you want to upgrade your bin cages, food mix, toys, hides etc. Read those caresheet that PHK provided for proper keeping. And don’t be shy to ask the PHK admins or Members if you have a problem. They are here to help us to improve our care with our hamster ❤ . HAPPY KEEPING !!

My Hamazing Story: Hello I’m CHANTAL!

Hello! I’m Chantal from Tondo, Manila and I started in this hobby way back 2018. My boyfriend said that he has never seen a hamster running on a wheel so I bought him a pair of Syrian hamsters as a gift (I had no idea they are solitary). At first we thought, “Mabilis lang naman yan alagaan,” just give them pellets and sunflower seeds as their staple food, buy kusot, provide a water bottle with water, and just place them inside a small cage. We thought that was enough. Until my boyfriend joined the PHK Community and realized that there are so many incorrect practices with our hamster care.

(18L bin cage with my adopted Campbell dwarf hamster)

Ever since he joined, he learned a lot about proper hamster care and his hamster actually survived longer. One day, we heard that there was a Campbell dwarf hamster for adoption and we decided to adopt. Then I was able to adopt and have my first hamster. My first cage was an 18-liter storage box that was converted to a bin cage. Through the days staying and learning with the Group, I realized the importance of having a larger enclosure. I slowly did my upgrades. I upgraded to 42L, then to 58L, 100L, and now 135L. It is a big help to be part of a community that encourages you to improve your hamster care. Because of this group, I learned to be a better hamster owner.

(My upgraded bin cage and current setup, 100L and 135L)

My advice to those planning to own a hamster, make sure that you are prepared. You can start whenever you can and slowly improve your care or be above the standard. Continue to trust the process until one day you will realize that you are already reaching the standard. You will then realize that your cage is the appropriate size. Everyone can have pets for as long as you can provide for their needs and be open to improvements.

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My Hamazing Story: Hello I’m Kim!

Hello! I’m Kim Arvin from Mandaluyong City. My hamster journey started last 2017 when my cousin’s husband gave me a pair of Syrian hamster. That time my cousin is pregnant and about to deliver. I don’t have any idea how I will take good care of them. A few days after, I tried browsing hamster group in facebook. I join a lot of group but I saw one group that differ from other which cater proper keeping. Then I join Mandaluyong Hamster Keeper (MHK) which is the former group name of Philippine Hamster Keeper (PHK). At first I was sad because I can’t provide the requirements to be followed. I don’t have enough money to buy big bin and toys. Lately, I got another set of hamster from my classmate which is CDH. I tried to breed them without any idea how to do it. A months later some of my hamster started to die. I was so disappointed that time because I haven’t provide all the needs of my hamster. When they got all gone, I said to my self that before I keep again I will start providing all of their needs.

During year 2019, I started saving money and buying their stuffs. I got my 78 L bin in our house, which is a storage box of my mom. I convince her everyday until she gave it to me. Kuya BG helps me with my bin and he putted it a acrylic in front and wire mesh at the top. Also, I already brought hamster supplies online like hamster wheel and hides. I also created some DIY toys for them. I apply everything they thought me to do and started learning things in keeping a hamster. I have now 3 hamster which is 2 CDH namely Hoshi and Hiro a 7 months old and 1 Syrian which is 1 month old. I adopted them in Hamdoption PH. I’m so glad that I became part of this group, we treated ourselves not just with same hobby but as a family. I’m so thankful for all the hardworking admins who boost and share their wisdom. I’m proud to be PHKnians!

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