Hamster

December 22nd 2016

Today I decided to buy a hamster. I did not have any intention of buying a hamster when I woke up this morning, in fact, I had never previously considered it until about 5pm this afternoon. I went to the pet shop round the corner from work because Tom had to pick up a hamster that he had pre-booked for his son. I went along to help him carry it.

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Whilst in the shop I sent Alice a photo of the hamsters in their little cages, and she responded with – verbatim…

CUTE

WANT

NEED

OMG

So I took that to mean that she wanted one. So I bought one. I deliberated over it for about the time it took to walk to the car park. We packed Tom’s hamster in his car, and then I walked back to the shop and bought one for myself.

I’ve never had a pet before – mostly. We had mice when I was very young but I barely remember them. There was a rabbit too, at one point, but never cats or dogs – my Mum’s allergic to fur, you see. As such, I’ve never really looked after a pet. I was kind of unsure if I’d be capable of caring for an animal, because I’m pretty much still learning how to look after myself, but it’s a hamster, not a human. Right?

I spoke at length with the Pet Shop Man over how I should care for the animal, and what I’d need to do so. I’m fairly sure he exploited my naivety for profit, but I was okay with that.

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Did you know that a hamster costs less than a tenner?

£9 for an actual living thing. You can walk into a pet shop with a ten pound note and walk out with a hamster and some change. Of course I got her a cage, and a ball, and a wheel, and food and sawdust and stuff, but the actual living thing with lungs and a heart and stuff cost less than the steak I had for dinner. (Far less meat on a hamster, to be fair)

And when you buy a hamster they give it to you in a box. Seriously.

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It just comes in a little tube, and you just carry that around and hope that it doesnt gnaw it’s way through the cardboard.

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I packed my car up with hamster and her house. My drive home was probably the most careful I have ever driven in my life. I turned my radio down. I only put the heating on a little bit. I took corners at 3 mph. She was somewhere in that box and I didn’t want to disturb her.

I got her home, and Alice was thrilled. She’s been missing her cats since we moved in together, and I wanted to get her something to fill that hole. A cat is a big commitment, so a hamster is perfect.

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She’s called Lola and she is s’cute.

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We put her in her little exercise ball and let her run around the house whilst we set up her home for her. It’s got a slide and everything.

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I’m never really spontaneous. I usually analyse every decision before I make it. Today I kind of just decided to buy a hamster in a split second.

Until tomorrow, welcome Lola.

Jacn

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