By squeak - 12/09/2011 13:52 - United Kingdom
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I agree with 25. You should have done some research first before you bought a new hamster. How do you take care of your hamster if you didn't even bother to research a bit about them. let this be a lesson for you and never buy a pet again before you know everything you need to take care of them. YDI but your hamster didn't.
I didn't know that they would be territorial. After all, when you buy them in the pet store, they are all clustered together in the same cage. They all seem to get along then.(: I had two growing up and they both got along fine. Playing follow the leader games and such. They're cute but wow, they're little shit machines!
No no no, hamsters do not like it to be with more then one in the same cage. Open Wikipedia for christ's sake, you can read it very clear: 'most hamsters are solitary'. Tadaah. Solitary, which means they like to be (!) alone (!). Only baby hamsters can be held together (and the Roborovsky, I think), which means that everyone who puts two hamsters in the same cage is a plain idiot who shouldn't have a pet in the first place. Yeah, maybe your two hamsters don't kill eachother, but truth is, they are not happy to have another hamster in their territoria.
25-You'd be surprised at the amount of idiots that come into my store not knowing this. Even when I explain this to adults they don't want to listen and give me the "I don't care! Gimme!" attitude. I've refused a ton of sales because of this. Luckily for me, the managers at my new store back me up on this.
That's one of the main reasons why I quit working for Petsmart. The managers were more concerned about making a sale than they were about sticking with their "we care for animals" bullshit. Not only did it make me look like an idiot and an asshole for looking out for the best interest of the animal, but it also wasted my time I could have spent with other customers who want to take proper care of their new pets :(
110- Yeah, but what do you expect? Thats how large corporations work.. it's not about the customer, employee, or the animals, it's about that big fat wallet. I hate my job, if I don't think someone should have an animal I tell them no and refuse it to them. I wont send the animal to it's death. the people in pet care I believe should have the power to refuse an animal. We are considered "experts" compared to the managers who know very little about anything other than a dog or cat.
Funny thing is, the managers told me I was allowed to refuse a sale if I knew the animals weren't going to be cared for/handled properly. Hypocrites. I'm sorry you hate your job :( I used to love being a pet care specialist until my managers pulled that shit. I love my new company though :)
One time I brought a new girl home to keep the old one company. She didn't like it so much either :/
It's uncommon knowledge that hamsters are territorial.