By Chatons - 05/12/2013 06:52 - Switzerland
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You're supposed to give them a yarn ball, not a hamster ball. Especially when that hamster ball contains an actual hamster.
The name "hamster" is a loanword from the German, which itself derives from earlier Old High German hamustro. It is possibly related to Old Russian choměstrǔ, which is either a blend of the root of Russian khomiak "hamster" and a Baltic word (cf. Lithuanian staras "hamster") or of Persian origin (cf. Av hamaēstar "oppressor").
It could be that the kittens got into it. Cats can open tanks and cages if they are not properly sealed shut. That's why people who have cats and fish (for example) often put heavy things on top of the tank. I'm sorry to say, but having lived with animals all my life I can only see this as having been OP's fault. The kittens won't have lived long enough in the family to know that the hamster is part of the litter. Even then, it's likely the cats would still try and kill the hamster. OP should have ensured that there was no way the kittens could have possibly come in contact with the hamster.
Also, I don't pronounce a p in hamster. But it's probably due to how letters are formed in your mouth. M and S are both labial letters (formed using the lips). Notice that it is impossible to say the letter m without closing your mouth at the end, and the letter s starts with the mouth closed (as does the letter p, which is an explosive labial). The direct contact between m and s with no letters between to break the sound is probably what causes the p sound. An intrusive letter like that btw, is called Epenthesis. And is found in many other words.
I have lived with animals my whole life as well and used to breed cats, only the cats i had were main coons that were polydactyl they have thumbs just like we do. I know they are smart enough to get things open but I figured that op would have put claps or something on the cage and I pronounce it with a p cause of my accent I wasn't typing I was talking into my phone and it was typing for me.
@72. Comet_Candy was asking why there is a p sound in hamster. That's what I was speaking about with the letters m p and s It is because of epenthesis. Which, as I explained is an obtrusive letter. Epenthesis occurs because groups of consonants or vowels are hard to say, so we add a sound to make them easier. The P sound is added because changing from an m to an s to a t when saying hamster is difficult in conversational English. Hence why most dialects and accents (but not all, I don't put a p into hamster) add the extra sound. @70: Yes whilst you do use your tongue to make the letter s, I was actually referring to the specific location in your mouth where the sound is made. Which in the case of the letter s it is at your lips (same for me and p). If you want examples of other letters... For the letters d and t it is your teeth. For g it is your alveolar ridge (which is just behind your teeth). I study languages... this is the kind of thing I know.
You should know to always keep them apart. It is common sense really.
My aunt wanted to bring her hamster with her when she was house sitting for us. I told her no matter how careful you are he will be dead in the 2 weeks he'd be there. Cats have a natural instinct to kill them, why play with fire. I would never want to discourage that instinct anyway I always say "sure I might have had mice but they are dead, are yours?"
When did having a hamster and a cat in the same room sound like a great idea. If the hamster was in the cage he should've been fine right?
Sounds like a stringy situation... Get it cats like yarn.... No ok il go back to my box