Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Raturday!


Welcome to a new weekly blog post I'm calling, Raturday! I've seen Caturday and while that's really cute, I think the rats needs some photo time so everyone can see how cute these little animals are. I've gotten permission from Rat Logic's fb page to share their pictures on my blog. So get ready to smile because these are cute. 

*click pictures to enlarge*




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pet Bunny: General Information

*Thumper, the bunny we found in an alley and took in until we could find him a forever home*

As with any pet you should know a lot about them before you adopt one. Adopting a pet, any pet before knowing how to care for them in never a good idea.

Where and when to adopt a bunny
Although there are many pet stores that sell pet bunnies, this is not the ideal place to find your furry friend. Some pet stores will sell ill or unfriendly bunnies that haven't been handled much.

The best places to adopt bunnies are shelters that may euthanize the animals if they are not adopted, so you would be saving his life. There are also bunny rescue groups that always have bunnies for adoption. One such rescue group is the House Rabbit Society.

Your veterinarian's office is another place you can look to see if they know of any bunnies that might need a good home. The Humane Society is another great place to find adoptable bunnies that need a forever home.

Do bunnies need vaccinations?
Bunnies do not need vaccinations like a dog or cat would, but they do get sick and can get ill very quickly so they should see a veterinarian who specializes in 'exotics' once a year.

Rabbits should be spayed or neutered, not just to cut down on the numbers of unwanted and abandoned bunnies. But being neutered or spayed will cut down aggressive behavior and will also help keep male rabbits from mounting and humping you, the dog, the cat, and your friends. Well you get the idea.

Teeth Trimming
Rabbit's teeth constantly grow and can sometimes be misaligned as they grow out. In such cases your veterinarian will have to clip your rabbit's teeth so they can eat properly. If your rabbit is constantly drooling or stops eating, this is a pretty good sign there might be something wrong with its teeth and should be looked at by a vet.

Hairballs
Rabbits shed their hair very often so along with feeding and keeping the cage clean you should also set aside time to groom your rabbit. Rabbits clean themselves just like cats do. They will lick and ingest their hair, but unlike cats they cannot vomit up their hairballs. It's very important to make sure your rabbit has access to plenty of fresh hay everyday. The hay will help the hair pass through the digestive system. You should groom your rabbit with a brush or comb everyday to keep the amount of hair he ingests minimal.

If you follow these simple steps you should have a happy, healthy rabbit for years.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Fingers

This is really easy to make. First you'll need 2 sticks of sweet cream butter..not margarine and a 12oz bottle of Frank's Redhot sauce. It says redhot but it's actually really not as hot as you'd expect and it has a really great taste. You will also need some chicken tenders. Depending on how many you are making dinner for you may need a few or a lot. I made 2lbs worth.

A batter or just some seasoned flour to dredge the chicken tenders in before you fry them.I use this all purpose batter. It comes in a little pouch and you can either add water to the powder or just dredge the chicken in the powder mixture which is what I usually do. 

Then fry your chicken tenders until done.

While the chicken is frying, add two sticks of butter to a pot and melt then add the bottle of Frank's Redhot sauce to the pan and let simmer.

When the chicken is cooked, add a few pieces at a time to the butter hot sauce mixture and let soak for 10 seconds. 


Take the chicken out and enjoy. Yes, they are messy. They also keep really well in the refrigerator. Just take a couple of pieces out and heat them up. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Dot & Dot Small Packing Cubes



I received these Dot & Dot packing cubes free to test and review at home. They were shipped very fast and came in a thick, sturdy resealable plastic bag for easy storage of all 4 of the packing cubes.  

This is what they look like when I took them out of the plastic resealable bag. I opted for the purple packing cubes because I love the color. These packing cubes are very sturdy, very easy to open and close and hold quite a bit of stuff. They come in a set of 4 so the whole family can use them. 

I put a few of the full size bottles of hair straightener, toner and deodorant as well as a couple of smaller products in the bag and there's still room for a lot more! These packing cubes are cute, sizable and durable and hold items securely so they are easy to find in a suitcase, drawer, cabinet, dresser or larger bag for storage. 

My husband does some traveling and he said that this is big enough to hold all of his medication bottles that he usually puts into zip lock baggies in his suitcase. These packing cubes would be great for storing any number of products as well as craft items and baby care items in a diaper bag. 

It has a see through mesh panel so you can easily see what's in the bag and find what you're looking for. if you're planning on using these in a suitcase when flying, they are very lightweight which is great since you don't want anything to weight down your suitcase. There's also a handle on each one so you can carry them very easily. 

If you would like to buy these you can find them on Amazon

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Freebie Friday!



Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a 'Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to samples like these at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

Dark Blood by Christine Feehan * listed this as a freebie because I used my Swagbucks and turned them into Amazon gift cards and got this book for free!*

Always Pads
Lipton K Cups
$2 off coupon for a bag of cat food
Garnier Blackhead Scrub

I also turned in my points and got a $5 Amazon gift card from Bing.

And cashed in my points on Swagbucks and got a $5 gift card to Amazon.

I also won this Vox Box from Influenster. It had a full size box of Playtex Sport Tampons and a cute little cosmetic bag for holding them. 

Did you receive any free samples this week?

Kia Hamster Commercial



Have you seen this one? I think it might be the cutest one yet. I love the Kia Hamsters.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What Are Cecotropes and Why Do Rabbits Need to Eat It

*Thumper, the bunny we found alone in an alley and took him in until we could find him a forever home*

Having a rabbit can be a wonderful experience for you and your family. They are wonderfully intelligent and playful pets. In order to have a healthy rabbit there are things you should know.

Why do rabbits eat their poop?
Small animals like rabbits have a unique digestion system that allows them to get more nutrition from the foods that they eat. Rabbits produce two types of droppings, fecal pellets and cecotropes.

Rabbits won't normally eat the fecal pellets but they will eat the cecotropes. Cecotropes are produced in a part of the rabbit's digestive system called the cecum. You can tell the difference between fecal pellets and cecotropes because fecal pellets will be small dry individual pellets while cecotropes will look like soft clustered pellets.

Cecotropes are not feces, they are nutrient packed foods that your rabbit should eat to maintain their health. Most of the nutrients are not absorbed the first time a rabbit eats his food, therefore the cecotropes are produces so the rabbit can eat the foods again and get more of the nutrition from them. Cecotropes look different from fecal pellets, you can distinguish them from the feces because they look like a small cluster of dark grapes. At least they did to me.

What to do if your rabbit stops eating their cecotropes
Since the cecotropes are beneficial and really important to their overall health, should your bunny stop eating theirs, you should take him to a veterinarian's office.

If your bunny starts showing any other signs that he may be getting sick such as not eating, not drinking or lethargy, you should take him to an animal hospital.

Rabbits can become seriously ill very quickly and one of the first signs of that happening is lethargy and not eating or drinking water. Bunny's can go down hill fast so you should have a veterinarian picked out that will see exotics like rabbits before something should happen where you need one in an emergency.

When are cecotropes passed?
Rabbits will pass the cecotropes at different times, but the bunny I had would pass them mostly at night. Some rabbits may pass them during the day or early in the morning, it just depends on the rabbit.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to Train a Rabbit to Come when Called

* The bunny that we found in an alley and found a forever home for*

Rabbits are very friendly, social and intelligent animals. They like to play, cuddle and they can be trained to come when called.

Give your bunny a name.
The very first thing you have to do is give your bunny a name so she knows when she is being called. Endless are the possibilities when it comes to rabbit names. We named the one we rescued, thumper because he was always thumping his back feet when he wanted attention.

How to get your rabbit used to his name.
Get a little Timothy Hay to entice him to you as you call his name. When he comes to you, pet him on the head and say something like, "Good Thumper." Do this several times a day for a week and if it looks like he understands his name you can decrease the times you give him food to every other time.

Give him a special treat like a piece of an apple every once in a while and praise him as well. This is called positive reinforcement and will work much better than yelling or punishment ever will.

Do that for at least 2 weeks then start calling his name without treats and see if he comes to you. If he does then you can limit the treats or rewards to just sometimes.

Can you train a rabbit to jump into your lap?
Yes, especially if you've had the rabbit since he or she was little and you have bonded well with the bunny. The bunny my family rescued and found a forever home for would follow us around like a puppy and jump right into our laps and want to be petted and cuddled.

This rabbit acted more like a puppy than what I thought a rabbit would but I found out that a lot of rabbits will become very affectionate if they spend a lot of time out of their cage with people in the home.

The best way to get your bunny to jump up in your lap when called is to entice the bunny into your lap with a treat or some hay while patting your leg. This is very important; you must start with treats and patting your leg in the beginning for it to work later on without treats or food.

Do this several times a day and offer hay each time. Pat your leg and let your bunny see the food or treats. When your bunny jumps up on your leg, give him praise and pet him while giving him the food.

After a week or so, you should be able to pat your leg and have your bunny jump in your lap without having to give a treat. But you should give treats or food a few times a day when you call him to your lap for at least another week and slowly stop the food.

After a few weeks you should just be able to pay you leg and have bunny come and jump right into your lap to be petted.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How I Get Free Stuff and Make Money Online



*I thought I would share this post again for those of you that didn't see it the last time I posted it and I have added a couple of new links in this post of the sites that will send you products for free to test at home in exchange for an honest review. And I've added a couple of sites at the bottom because I wanted to let you know about them.*

I tell my friends and family all the time how I get free things coming to me and some of them have tried it and they don't have the same results that I have. So I am going to tell you the websites that I belong to in order to get free stuff and maybe you'll be able to get free stuff too.

Swagbucks Sign up here and search like you would on Google or yahoo to earn swagbucks periodically. Turn in those swagbucks for Amazon.com gift cards or other merchandise.

Inbox dollars sign up with Inbox Dollars and click on the emails they send you and shop with them for points that you can turn into real money. This one takes more time to do but in the past 2 years I have gotten $120.00 from them.

Vocal Point Sign up with them, comment on the message board and other topics on the site and periodically they will send you free samples and coupons for full size free products as well as coupons that you can share with your friends and family. But you have to comment a few times a week on the boards and topics in order to keep the samples coming, but it is well worth the effort. I get samples and coupons all the time.

Samples FromTarget Target gives out samples periodically. But they go quickly.

My View This is a survey taking website. You sign up, take the surveys they send you and get points for the ones you qualify for. Then turn them into cash or prizes.

My Survey This is another survey website that you take survey to get points which you can turn into prizes and gift cards.

Harris Poll Another survey website to take survey and earn points that can be cashed in for prizes and gift cards.

Zoompanel Another website that has you take surveys and gives you points for them that you can cash in for prizes or gift cards.

American Consumer Opinion Sign up with them and when they send you surveys that you qualify for, you get money that you can cash out after you have accumulated $5.00

Smiley 360 Here's another place you can sign up and earn smiley points and qualify for free products that you test at home. I've tested more than a dozen free products at home so far.

Hey it's Free This is one of the best place to find free samples online. I used to use a lot of sites but this is one of the best ones I've found for free samples that actually come. And they have a fb page where members post other freebies they've found.

She Speaks- Sign up for an account and sign up for free samples and full size products to test. Sometimes they just send you an email asking you to fill out a form to see if you qualify for the product testing they are doing. I've had good luck with testing products with them.

House Party- Sign up to host a house party and if you get picked they send you all sorts of freebies, coupons, and free products to test and share with your house party guests.

BzzzAgent- Sign up for an account and they will send you emails letting you know which products they want you to product test. I've had a lot of success with this. They have sent several full size products for me to test.

Freebie Shark- This is another really great place to find links to free samples. I use this site a lot for signing up for free samples and they have a fb page where other members can post freebies they find.

My Coke Rewards- A lot of people don't know this but if you drink a lot of coke products including coke, Sprite, Dasani, Powerade Minute Maid, Fanta, Barq's, Fresca and a few others...you can use the codes found in the caps and on the bottles to get free stuff. I save up my Coke and Sprite bottle caps and enter the codes and have gotten several free 20 oz. bottles of coke with them.

Samples From Walmart- Every once in a while Walmart will post samples of things you can sign up for on their page. These samples go fast so I have this page bookmarked and check it every day.

Mindfield Online Internet Panels- This is another survey site that I wanted to let you know is genuine. You sign up and they send you surveys that you complete if you qualify for and you earn money that you can cash out once you have reached the $5 mark.

e-Rewards Opinion Panel- Now the reason I am adding this site is because I wanted you to know that if you ever get an invitation from this site that they are indeed legitimate. They are a by invitation only site but once you get in..you can make enough reward points to get really good rewards like Starbucks gift cards and other things like subscriptions to magazines. Most people don't know about this site because you have to wait for them to invite you and they find you when you become a member of one of their affiliate sites but they don't tell you which ones. lol But if you ever get an invitation...accept it.

Bing Rewards- Bing rewards you with points as you use their search engine. Points that you can turn in for things like Swagbucks, gift cards to Starbucks, Applebee's, Amazon and more.

Influenster- A site where you sign up for an account, fill out some surveys and do small tasks to improve your score. Then they send you free products to try out at home. I have only been a member of this site for a couple of weeks and have filled out a few of the surveys and done a few tasks and was just approved for my first Voxbox (home testing product). If you want to get free products at home to test, this is a good site to sign up for.

Pampers Rewards- If you have a baby and use Pampers products there are codes on the inside of the packages that you can add up to get free kids toys and products. Even if you don't have a child, you can find the free codes on the freebie sites I've listed here like Hey It's Free, and add your points up to get things for yourself like giftcards, post cards from Shutterfly and free samples. The rewards change all the time and I've gotten free samples, disposable razors and gift cards.

Kelloggs Rewards- Did you know that on the inside of all Kelloggs cereal boxes there's a code that you can enter at this site and accumulate points for things like books, coupons, housewares, kitchenware, electronics, toys and gift cards? So if you eat a lot of cold cereal this is a great site for you.

Chat About- I just found this site where if you like to chat and voice your opinions on various subjects and gets points for doing it, this is the site for you. For every comment, question, article and review you make...you get points. Points that you can then exchange for things like Amazon gift cards, Paypal cash and various gifts they have available to purchase.

Club Skinny Cow- After you register for an account you can earn points for things like sharing links about club skinny cow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You also get points for watching a video and doing surveys and sharing links. It's really easy to earn points, in fact I earned enough points the first day to cash out a $5 Amazon gift card.

Crave Bloggers- Sign up for an account and they will send you free products to test at home in exchange for an honest review on your blog and/or on Amazon.com.

Tomoson-  Sign up for an account and pick out the products that you would like to test at home and review. If approved they will send you the product for free and all you have to do is review it on your blog and Amazon.com and share your reviews on social media.

Swaggable- Sign up for an account and look around the site. You pick out the products you want to try out at home and after you try them for free, you write a review of the product and share it on social media.

Paid Viewpoint- This is a survey site where you get money for each survey to complete and when you reach $15 you can cash out through Paypal. As of right now the only way to cash out through them is Paypal, so you will need a paypal account.

Business2Blogger- This is a site where companies who are looking for bloggers to write reviews for their company advertise what they want and what they will pay you to do it.

Popsugar Sample Squad- This site has a limited number of samples that you apply for when they are available and then write a review about them after you receive them.

How to Care for Your New Pet Rabbit

*The bunny we found in an alley and found a forever home for*

Having a new pet rabbit in your home can be a rewarding experience as long as you know what to expect and have all the necessary supplies to take care of him properly.

It's important to have all the necessary supplies on hand before bringing a new pet home, no matter what kind of pet it is. For a rabbit you'll want to have a large wire cage, Timothy hay, water bottle, fresh vegetables, leash or harness, nail clippers, brush, rabbit pellet food, salt wheel, wood chew block and a litter box.

Feeding
Bunnies will over eat if given the chance. They may give you the sad eyes and look down at their food bowl like they are starving but they do not need to eat all day long. You should only give them food according to their weight. So if you have a 6 LB bunny, you should give them approximately ½ cup of rabbit pellet food per day. Do not feed rabbits the mixed foods that have pellets mixed with dried fruits, seeds or beans. This is not good for your rabbit.

You may leave unlimited amounts of Timothy Hay or Grass in their cage for them to eat. They need this for good digestion. Treats are to be given sparingly and only certain foods can be given as treats. You should avoid iceberg lettuce, onions, tomatoes or potatoes. These foods can give them diarrhea and cause a bunny to become dehydrated.

Good treats would be apple pieces, carrots, strawberries, bananas, pineapple and raspberries.

Exercise
Your bunny needs exercise everyday. You must take your bunny out of his cage and let him run or as it may be, hop around. This is where that leash or harness would come in. You can buy a bunny leash or harness and take him for a walk. Bunny harnesses can be found at most pet stores.

Bunny proofing your home.
You will have to make sure that your home is safe for your rabbit to hop around in. Using a baby gate to keep your bunny in one room is essential if you only bunny proof one room. This will make it easier for you and safer for your bunny.

Bunnies like to chew on things, everything. Electrical wires, important papers, remote controls, and everything else you don't want chewed up should be put up out of the bunnies reach while he is out running free.

Health Concerns
While most bunnies don't need vaccines like a dog or cat would. There are things every rabbit owner needs to be aware of. If your rabbit stops eating and drinking and is lethargic, you should seek immediate medical attention with a veterinarian that specializes in either rabbits or exotics.

Diarrhea can be a very serious condition in rabbits and should be dealt with by a veterinarian. Also if you notice mucous or other liquid substances coming from the bunny's nose or eyes, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Rabbits are labeled exotic like most other small animals. Other exotic animals are rats, hamsters, mice, and gerbils.

Spend time with your bunny and let him get to know you as you get to know him. Before you know it he will be hopping up in your lap waiting to be cuddled and petted.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Raturday!


Welcome to a new weekly blog post I'm calling, Raturday! I've seen Caturday and while that's really cute, I think the rats needs some photo time so everyone can see how cute these little animals are. I've gotten permission from Rat Logic's fb page to share their pictures on my blog. So get ready to smile because these are cute. 

*click pictures to enlarge*





Sunday, October 12, 2014

Blog Ahead Challenge


I signed up for the Blog Ahead Challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

What is it?

A bloggery version of NaNoWriMo!
November 1-30th, 2014

The basic goal is to get "ahead" in your blog posts.

At the end of the month of Nov you'll have 30 additional pre-scheduled posts than when you started the month. I already have a few posts scheduled but I'm hoping to get at least 30 more done by the end of this challenge. 

It's nice to get a few blog posts pre-scheduled and have a little breathing room to work on other blog posts so why not join us? Any types of blog posts are welcome.

You can sign up Here.

Review: Dark Blood by Christine Feehan


Book Description

At long last you are truly back with us...

Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors—and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan…

Mother Earth called the ancients to witness your rebirth… 

For this half-mage, half-Carpathian temptress, the ritual of awakening Zev to the council of warriors was the only way to save him. Locked away for his own protection, the time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined, that their spirits are woven together for eternity and that his new purpose in life is beyond imagining.

Now, with a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev begins to wonder what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear…

My Review

This is the 3rd book in the Dark Series Trilogy, which is also a part of the bigger Dark Series of books that now spans 26 books. I've been reading this series for many years and have all of the books. This is actually the first series that I ever started reading, ever. 

With that said, I have to say that this is not my favorite book in the series. Most of the books have been very easy to read, easy to become enthralled in and kept my attention the entire book but this one did not. It's not a bad book, it's just not as good as some of the first few books in the series. Not everyone is going to like every book in a series and this is that book for me. But that doesn't mean I am giving up on the series. This is also a trilogy inside a series and the trilogy revolves around the Dragonseeker bloodline as well as the Lycans. While it was interesting to find out what happened to Branislava and her sister in the ice caves and learn about the Lycans, half bloods and Dark Bloods..there was also a lot going on in this trilogy and in this last book in the trilogy. 

It felt like the author was trying to make sure anything that was left out in the first two book was covered in this one and the story wasn't as cohesive because of this. On top of that the relationship between Zev and Branislava felt rushed and pushed on us. They already had feelings for each other and because the life mate thing is there I can understand them having an instant connection to one another but it still felt rushed to me. Zev is very alpha and dominant so there is a slight curve into BDSM but I thought it was well done. He definitely likes being in charge but it was consensual since she didn't seem to mind even when he was a bit rough and wild. 

I've come to think of this series as paranormal romance but this book felt more like erotic horror than romance. While there are paranormal aspects to this book, we also get a lot of fight scenes, violence, bad guys and hell hounds. At one point I felt like I was reading an episode of Supernatural when I saw hell hounds. There's a plot twist that I didn't see coming but that I thought was contrite and really made me shake my head at where this story went. If you have been reading this series from the beginning you will undoubtedly shake your head as well because it really was ridiculous. 

These books are supposed to make sense on their own if you haven't read the series but I think if I hadn't read the other books first I would have been lost as to who the other characters were, why they were there and how they fit into this story line.

I can only hope that Ms. Feehan gets back to the roots of this series and gives us what we loved when we started reading it to begin with. 

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Hyaluronic Acid Age Delaying Serum With Vitamin C + Green




I like finding new products that are good for my skin. My mom always told me to take care of my skin while I'm young because as we get older and the fine lines start to appear it's too late at that point. So I've always taken her advice and I still like finding new and great skin care products that keep my skin looking healthy. So I was happy to get this product for free to try at home. 

This serum comes in s small bottle and has an airless pump which makes it easy to get the colorless gel like serum out of the bottle. It does have a nice consistency and a pleasant light scent. It has aloe and witch hazel in the ingredient list which are two of my favorite ingredients to use on my face. 

I did not experience any greasy or tacky feeling on my skin after applying it, the serum absorbs into the skin very quickly upon drying. I didn't experience any redness or irritation to my skin while using this serum and was pleased at how well it made my face feel smoother and softer.



I applied this serum after I cleaned my face at night and used it in place of the moisturizer I usually use after cleaning my face. 

I really liked that this product stated that it was cruelty free. Made in the U.S.A. and they have a 100% money back guarantee if you're not completely satisfied. That's a huge plus for me. 

If you're interested in this product, you can get it on Amazon for just $14.99. 

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Things You Should Know Before Buying a Pet Hamster or Rat


While having a rat or hamster as a pet can be a rewarding experience, there are things you should know before buying one for your family. If you are squeamish about certain things like flinging poop and incontinence, you might want to skip getting a small animal as a pet.

Let's say your small child wants a rat or hamster and after getting one and having it in your home for a week, you suddenly find you are the one taking care of the little critter. You may see your little hairball doing things that turn your stomach but they are perfectly normal in the rodent world.

If you have a rat, the first thing you will notice when you bring whiskers out to play is that they are incontinent. That is to say...they pee all over everything including you, your clothes, your furniture, the floor as well as anybody else that may hold them. They are not potty trainable and you will end up pulling all your hair out trying before it happens.

If you have two young male rats, you may notice they hump each other like they are having sex. Don't worry, they can't get pregnant if they are male, but you might not want to let them get to close to the dog, or your leg. Your dog may not like it and well your leg will just end up getting urinated on.

Hamsters on the other hand are quite cute but not as affectionate as rats. They also have some bad habits. Most hamsters are nocturnal, this means they will sleep all day and only get up at night to play. Not the best pet for a child that is up all day and sleeps all night. You may also notice you hamster has a long cleaning routine after he wakes up and bothering him will only upset him. As you watch your little hamster cleaning you might notice him picking up the poo pellets in his mouth and flinging them out of his bed as he goes looking for more bedding to stuff in his nesting area. This is all quite natural.

Hamster will on occasion also eat their own poop. This is also very natural and will aid in the natural digestive process, it's called Coprophagia and if you have a dog, rabbit or cat you may have seen them doing it as well. Some animals like rabbits, do this in order to digest all the nutrients found in their foods.

Both hamsters and rats like a variety of foods but giving them a store bought mix may not be enough as they will only pick out the foods they like and leave the rest for you to throw away during the weekly cleaning.