Hazel – Small Hamster With Big Appetite

Today I would like to introduce you to my little hamster.

Yes, you hear me right. This is going to happen now. If you want it or not. Because my hamster is awesome!

Let’s start with the basic info.

Hazel is a 5 month old dwarf hamster princess (hybrid) that lives with me and my Ross since 3 months.


Everyone say hi to Hazel!

Since October 2012 she is living in her 3-floor villa, which I built myself.

In her villa, Hazel can live a great hamster life with all the things that make a little hamster heart beat faster – a big wheel, two sand baths, tubes, hiding places (including a super cool underground cave! Which she never uses. D’oh!), a big nest of hay with awesome burrows that she created, a big candy glass filled with sand, a bowl filled with leaves, a massive box filled with corn cob granules for digging, several stones and houses, and many more things. Oh – and food sprinkled everywhere! Because she is a very hungry little hamster.


The Hamster Villa. This does make you feel jealous of her, doesn’t it?

Ok, ok, you got me, I did NOT build it myself.  It was Ross, who tinkered this amazing cage – while I was giving most clever advice obviously. He loves that.

So while we provided Hazel with all possible cool, hidden places and sleeping areas to choose from, she decided to move right behind the wheel. And she hasn’t moved her quarter since.


The toilet that became the sand bath.

Hazel is a very….. special hamster. She chooses to squeeze behind the wheel for sleeping rather than going in to her house, she uses her toilet as a sand bath and she pisses in the wheel instead.

Also, when she runs in her wheel, she stops every few seconds to come out and check where she went to. She can play that game throughout the night and does not get tired of it. What a clever catch she is.

The good thing about living behind the wheel though is that you can always see her.


Hazel at her favorite place – behind the wheel.

During the day, you can watch the little, curled up ball of fluff snoozing. Sometimes she makes funny noises while sleeping. It’s like she is singing! She must be dreaming of food.

All together she sleeps about 18 hours per day (Don’t judge her! Every princess needs her beauty sleep once in a while!). Oh sweet hamster life.

During her sleeping hours she must not be disturbed, or you might die.

Her waking hours are currently from around midnight until 6 in the morning. Also does she briefly come out in the early evening, when it is time for – can you guess it?  Dinner!

When Hazel is not sleeping, her favorite occupation is eating, or doing anything food related. And she takes that business very seriously.


I like to sit in my food bowl.

She requires food. Good food. Lots of food. A bowl the size of herself with plenty of seeds dry food  and a second bowl full of salad like lettuce, tomato, cucumber, broccoli and carrot every day is not enough.

That’s why the hungry little princess has decided to collect a massive mountain of emergency food in the deepest corner of the cage. Just in case!

I’m sure that this mountain alone would get her going for another few weeks.

Because one can never have enough food, she still hyperventilates all the time over excitement from the little snacks that you give her from the hand. While her bowl is still full with food, she hoards the snatched nibbles like there is no tomorrow.

And when the hand is empty, she might discreetly remind you who the (hungry) boss is – by biting you in the finger, that little bitch.

So what do you think. Isn’t Hazel just awesome?




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9 thoughts on “Hazel – Small Hamster With Big Appetite

  1. Mr. Wapojif February 2, 2013 at 09:50 Reply

    That’s one amazing pad Hazel has! I’ve noticed my Chinese dwarf hamster does the same thing – after about 10 seconds on the wheel she stops to look about the place. Peculiar, but very lovable, little beasts they are!

  2. daisytailsmousery February 2, 2013 at 10:49 Reply

    I want her cage for my mice soooo bad now! I can’t believe that’s home made! I once tried to make a cage out of a bookshelf and well… six escapees later and we had an infestation.. oops ^.^

  3. louslabyrinth February 13, 2013 at 13:25 Reply

    Ohh wow!! That is the coolest hamster house I have EVER seen!!

  4. babblepie February 13, 2013 at 15:51 Reply

    Thank you so much everyone for commenting! I might post some pictures soon of how we built the cage if you want! :)

  5. Michelle April 16, 2013 at 14:37 Reply

    I think Hazel is just adorable! And the cage is incredible – I think I’ve found a project for my dad! Is there something that sits over the whole thing, to stop her climbing out? I would love to see some pictures of how you made the cage :o)
    I love my hamster, Crumble, so much and talk about her to people just the way you have written about Hazel…glad I’m not the only one obsessed with my little pet!

  6. Brijit Elouise May 3, 2013 at 22:03 Reply

    Wow, I’m actually pretty jealous! I wish I had an underground cave. Or a running wheel. Or 18 hours a day to sleep… Lucky hamster :)

  7. Sarah July 31, 2013 at 16:08 Reply

    This is the best hamster cage ever! Please post a tutorial!

  8. Taylor November 4, 2013 at 00:41 Reply

    Hi! I think hazel is so cute!!! I am soooo jelous of hazels little palace :) i have a little hamster that i love and would like to make her a cage like that, Shes adorable And so is hazel!

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