Ke Ke go to doc !

Its all started with my greedy little Ke Ke, who stuff  way too many foods in her cheek pouch .

Only a few day before new year, I start to notice her cheek pouch have a lot of food. First I thought she will clean out her pouch later in her hideout. But on monday (31.12.2012) its been 2 whole day and she still have big pouches, especially in her left side. I begin to worry and want to book appointment for her tomorrow, but its 1.1.2013 and all clinics are close. I have to wait one more day to bring her to the vet.

Finally on 2.1.2013 morning, I brought her to see the doc. He confirm impacted cheek pouch and also said her teeth are quite long now.

After the general check up, he start to gouge out the food with scissor like tool, then even help her push out the food. He clipped her front teeth, told me that one of her teeth is missing. Ooops, I don’t even notice that she lost her teeth. Finally end with antiseptic mouth wash . The total damage is $98 .

He give her painkiller, antibiotics and more mouth wash.She can barely move on the way back and sleeping like a little angle the whole day. I was worried that at her age, all the procedures, stress and drug maybe too much of her to handle. But she is a really tough girl, hate the drug though lol. Raise a lots of racket while forcing her to take her drug. But she is doing very well now and surprisingly active once the drug wear off .

Wahh, what an adventure. I am so glad that its just foods in her pouch, not tumor or any abnormalities and kudos to me-self for notice it earlier and bring her to vet before too late 😀

Now I move her into Ferplast Mini Duna with simple basic set up, smaller space so easy for her to move around and access to water and food.Clear out and clean her old tank to welcome one more baby girl.

So this is her retirement home.

 

Vitakraft Emotion ( Functional Sensitive)

Time for new foods !

My last one standing A.K.A , my lonely girl Ke Ke’s foods are all gone, so I need to go food shopping for her. The only problem I am facing  is as she is the only kid right now, the food consumption is extremely slow. I throw away last batch of foods because they start to smell funny. I can’t buy a lots of foods and mix together like last time, so I decided to buy tiny batch of foods for her. After loitering around the food aisle for like 20 minutes, I finally pick up 300g pkg of Vitakraft Emotion Functional Sensitive. Then I pick up a few organic seeds at NTUC. So, here it goes…

Vitakraft Emotion Functional Sensitive,

As per packaging and vitakraft website ( Warning: Funny english ahead, presented by google translator)

Delicious vegetables, delicious fruits and protein rich shrimp are combined with extrudates, who all through high quality ingredients have a positive effect on the animals. A special manufacturing process ensures that the information contained in the bodies lining thickness is already open. It also reduces a natural ingredient combination of excrement and urine odor in hamster home. A food for the most demanding!

  • Extra Care: Without sharp chuck body
  • Odour Stop: With anti-odor complex
  • Hair: high-quality vegetable oils for a shiny coat
  • Protein: With high-quality animal protein from shrimp
  • For food sensitive hamster
  • Functional blend the latest scientific findings
  • Developed by veterinarians and rodent experts
  • Arthritis, high quality, balanced
  • With minerals and natural vitamins
  • Sugar-free recipe
  • No artificial flavors
  • No artificial preservatives
  • Fresh flavor packed
  • Immune Acitvism: Aloe Vera Gel strengthens the immune system
  • Calcium Phosphorous optimized
Content: 300 g
Composition
  • Cereals
  • Vegetable by-products
  • Vegetables 15.5%
  • Fruits 6%
  • Nuts
  • Molluscs(I always use the word mollusks,easier to spell) and crustaceans (shrimp, dried 1.5%)
  • Minerals
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Oils and fats 0.69%
  • Chamomile 0.5%
  • Crops
  • Aloe Vera dried, 0.005%

What I see?

 

Peanuts, Pressed peanuts, pressed corn, popped barley, a few color pieces, tiny grass stick that was passionately hated by hamster civilization , carob pieces a.k.a locust bean, you know those black disgusting looking pieces :p , Chamomile flower hips and lots of it. Chamomile smell very good and its good for their digestive tract and fur also.

My hammy?

I guess she like it, hell! she like all kind of food anyway LOL. She eat whatever I put in her bowl although always want to ask for more meal worm when I go near her. Whenever she make a goofy face and stand up on her leg , I melted and give her a few meal worm, now she know how to manipulate me 😀 She did love to eat peanuts and color pieces.

Me?

I also love it, its smell great and very fresh. She eat almost all of the ingredients except from those grass stick, so its good for her. Lots of flower hip, which are quite rare in other brand of food and 300 g small pkg is just nice for one hammy to eat up. Some of the green round color pieces are very big( look like some sort of dry veggie ball), maybe ok for Syrian hammy but quite big for a dwarfie to dig in. Overall I give 8/10 .

I also bought white sesame seeds and golden flax seed from NTUC organic aisle and new container for them.

So these will do a least two to three months for her.

Bedding & Sand !!

For a hamsters owner, the topics of bedding or sand never fail to capture my interest.

But unlike the Foods Topics, the bedding and sand is more concern than interest. I am always checking for cheaper, better and safer supplies. I am very choosy too. Even though the odor control is very good and cheapest in the market      ( hamster safe bedding brands) I don’t really like recycle paper bedding like Back2Nature,BreederCelect,Daily Scoop etc , not very comfy .I also don’t like those corn cobs bedding, too hard,bad odor control and potential risk of growing mold and fungus. After deducting unsafe bedding like wood shavings , Scented Granules etc, the choice become some what limited.

I become extremely friendly with the brand named Healthy Pets lately.

I decided to stock up on my bedding and sand so that I don’t need to worry about them for at least 6 months.

Since I am fed up with Healthy Pet Ultra and loving the Healthy Pet Grey, I ordered 4 bags of 30l Healthy Pet Grey along with 2 bags of Color Bedding . Color bedding is purely impulsive buying , hope it will brighten up my babies’ home 🙂

I got six packs LOL I mean six cartoons of Charlie (don’t-know-who-that-guy-is) Bathing Sand too

Now I don’t need to worry about supplies for at least 6 months ,hopefully they don’t dirty up the tanks and their bathing place too much . Finger crossed 😛

New Food Mixxxx!

Sunshine and Power baby!!

From Vitkraft Life Series, I got Sunshine and Power together with loads of other yummy goodies !

Jolly popcorn, Jolly dry parsley and Origin Brand organic foods!

Vitakraft Lifepower . Why am I even reading this? LOLz I don’t even know what language is this -_-

Whats inside!! Lots of dry peanuts,pumpkin seeds and wheat germs.

Sunshine !

Oh yeah, this one sure smell nice, even want to steal some bites Grrrr

Mainly Grass stick, rose petals, roll oats, popped barley seeds and press corn.

Buck Wheat, Black Sesame Seeds and Quinoa Seeds. Yum!

 Top to Bottom: Buck Wheat , Black Sesame Seeds, Quinoa Seeds.

Mixsion complete !

A mess I made while….

Yup! those are Snapple bottles, they are cool, air tight , narrow neck container . Very good for storing seeds and dry stuffs. Recycle , recycle!

All done!

First container: Vitakraft Sunshine and Life Power .

Second container: Organic Black Sesame Seeds, Quinoa Seeds and Buck Wheat.( Ionly mix half of each pack and keep the leftover in Snapple Bottle for next batch )

Third container: Sunflower Seeds, I bought one packet with s$3 from PLC

The green one in the front is leftover foods from previous batch .

And thats dog biscuit in the pink container at the back.

Phewwww! Now I don’t need to worry for their ration for awhile .

Trying out new Bedding and Sand !

Healthy Pet Grey and Supreme Science Chinchillas Bathing Sand(Charlie Chinchilla Approved).

Don’t know who the hell is Charlie 😛

So I decided to try Healthy Pet Grey , since I have been fed up with Healthy Pet Ultra dustiness . I also would like to use Healthy Pet or Care Fresh color bedding but I decided to try grey first.

Unlike in the picture, I got 30L HP grey for $23( around there) and Supreme Science Bathing sand for $13.30 from Pet’s Street. Got 5%  membership discount.

So far love both. I like texture of grey bedding , it make great nesting material and good for burrowing too. Surprisingly soft and give warm fluffy feeling. Great value for money. SS sand is wee bit finer than Vitakraft sand( I have been using Vitakraft Sand as long as I can remember) , easy to shelf and pour because of the convenient packaging.

Start from this weekend tanks cleaning, I use Healthy Pet Grey for De De & Ke Ke’s tank. Scabber still using HPU ( the last of  the bag ) . SS sand for all of them. Both doing great, De& Ke love to dig and burrow in their new bedding, in fact I notice that they dig and treasure hunt even with this new bedding.

So, thumb up for both .

De De’s tank.

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Ke Ke’s tank.

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Just random pics of Scabber after tank cleaning.

Pea leaves and green shoots !!

Hmmm, pea leaves or bean leaves ??????

Pea leaves sound cuter 😛

Lately I found out that beans are pretty easy to grow, not sure of legumes result because I am not gonna wait until they grow pods. My focus is on young shoots and green leaves. They are highly nutritious and so easy to get , just pick some straight from the pot in front of my flat.

I use some leftover beans from my white bean soup and decided to grow some. They become strong and healthy with willowy long stems and dark green leaves. This is going to provide fresh greens for my kids. Fresh, easy, cheap and home grown organic greens . Cool huh!

Furthermore, they are going to bear some pretty flower if I don’t cut the shoots to feed my kids all the time. haha!  All my kids love to eat the dark green freshness. Between full time job and half time studying, I can’t make a time to go groceries shopping. These little home grown shrubs and occasional sprouting ensure that my kids get enough share of their veggies. Sometimes I wonder what will my neighbors think of me. A strange women tending her plants, cleaning and taking out rubbish at 1am around midnight . Geez !

 

Not a lots of leaves left. On the side note, my aloe vera are getting huge and juicy.

 

De De ” sniff sniff, hmm smell good, mommy bring me some veggie .Yum!”

Ke Ke ” nom nom nom”

Dat ass >.>

Scabber ” sniff sniff, ha! That green stuffs again. Did she forget that I love to baby carrot 😦 “

Not so bad after all.

Coroplast Playground!

I have been dreaming about building a playground for my kids. Too busy lately , don’t have a chance to get down to business. Finally , have free time….so set my foot down and getting started by buying supplies and shaping my idea.Turn out to be quite awesome and I am happy with my end result 🙂

Its only take around one hour to finish up everything and I just love the size of its. My first idea is to make it very colorful but after much thinking, I decided to go classy and use only purple and cream color .

Here it is!!!!

Things I used:

1. Silver color duct tape from Home Fix …. s$4.15
2. 5 sheets of Coroplast plastic board from Popular…..s$3.15
3. a few paper clips.

The coroplast sheets are very big, so I cut them into halves and start with duct tape.

Tape one side first, tape opposite side at other end.

Will look like this, with duct tape at alternate connection.

Don’t tape two last end, give a little slit with pen knife to fold the plastic sheet neatly. Just use some strong paper clips to secure two ends.

End product. I use purple and cream color coroplast sheets.

Little Scabber asking me to open sunflower container 😀

Can fold it and keep neatly.

Can also drag one end into the middle and make separate playground for two hammies. This is a sample model for De De and Ke Ke

Easy to make, cheap, and can expand as much as u wish.
Supervise a bit first to check that are they going to try to bite the duct tape. I don’t leave the any duct tape end facing the inside, make it impossible to bite off.
Relatively heavy for the hammy to lift it and escape.
Each sheet is 40cm in height and 50cm in width.
So far, me and my hammies are happy with it. ^_^

New Food Mix ! Versele-Laga Hamster Nature

Testing new food brand Versele-Laga Hamster Nature !

As my kid’s food is almost finished , I have to be prudence and buy a pack of food mix. I decided to buy Versele-Laga since they are making a good name. Bought at $9.85 from Pet’s Street. My sister have been making fun of me because before that day I told her that I will no longer pay around $9 and buy those olive oil bottle, they are just ridiculously expensive, and if I want to make any salad or pasta in the future I will just use canola oil ( NTUC brand) Rant and rant and rant. She said I rather feed my hamsters than feed the member of my family. Ooops Guilty 😛

Actually this brand has another version, Mini Hamster Nature for dwarfs hamsters. I take a look and those pieces are super tiny LOLz. I check a fruits contents etc, not much of a difference. I think they just cut smaller pieces for dwarfies . I just pick up this one because my gals are not very tiny and delicate,they can be very strong when its come to foods and I believe in giving them bigger and harder pieces to trim their teeth. They use to feed on Harry Hamster Foods, which in fact have bigger pieces than Versele-Laga, I just break up several extra large pieces for them. No problemo , but no sweet dry fruits like bananas and raisins for them . Will be picking out 😀 Sad story brah!!!! Still have my organic seed mix to mix in with this commercial foods, so I don’t worry that much !

So, this is the front. I love the hammy in the pic very much. Crouching teddy bear ❤

Made in Belgium.Blah blah blah

Inside…

Ingredients( as shown on the packaging) :

1. Cereals ( 31%)

2. Vegetables – carrots, beetroot (18.5%)

3. Derivatives of vegetable origin O.0 whats dat??? 

4. Seeds (11%) not very clear what kinds

5. Fruit-apricot, pineapple,bananas, papayas, raisins and carob (7.5%)

6. Vegetable protein extract

7. Nuts (5%) not very clear also

8. Minerals

9. Yeast

10. FOS ….not Factory Outlet Store,its Fructooligosaccharides (damn spellings) alternative sweetener . Google ftw!

11.Herbs-Marigold, Marigold extract

Contents are….. crude protein17%, crude fat7%, crude fibre7%, crude ash 4%, Calcium0.45%, Phosporus0.45%, Lysine0.79%, Vitamin D,E and Sulphate

As its claim : Hamster Nature is a complete adapted to the nutritional requirements of all hamsters. This premium blend of natural components contains all the essential nutrients,vitamins, minerals and amino acid( yeah because amino acid is inside almost every freaking food >.>) your pets need to live a healthy and carefree life full of vitality . ( food alone can’t do that >.>)

Approx 15g is recommended for golden hamsters.

Review time !!

My reaction??? Smell disgusting , not sure of origin( although i suspect yeast ) its was like rotten pizza 😛 The food don’t look very appetizing , contains a lots of crunchy color pieces, not very clear small pieces that lookalike dry fruits or dry veg or nuts or something like that . wth ? I am also not very  happy of unclear ingredient lists . I will give 5/10 .

My kids reaction??? Scabber as a crunchy color pieces lover, love it enormously. He eat those moon shape pieces first , then some banana chips. He is a very choosy boy and that make me happy to see him eating enthusiastically.My gals De De & Ke Ke are ok with it. They are not very keen on those grains inside, leaves all those behind but overall is not that bad. They still eat those organic grains first ( sure they really love my organic seed mix ) then eat other stuffs from the pack.

Now I have a mix reaction about this brand of food, I like the fact that they love to eat it but I still think some stuffs like FOS, beetroot and raisins are not that great . They are very sweetening and I have an worry over Ke Ke for diabetes , so dilemma dilemma . The smell…….although unpleasant to me, seem like attract the hamsters. I always hide some special pieces( like pumpkin seeds, nuts)  around their house, to make them look for the food. After  I hide some pieces around their house, they can find it pretty fast now. Good for them !!

Quail egg ! Treats Treats Treats :P

I have been busy lately and haven’t done any special treats for them except from simple baby carrots and walnuts. Guilty as charged :p I bought some quail eggs for my stir fry vegetables today, apart from the boring veggie I give them quail egg. Scabber really love quail egg and always eat enthusiastically . De De mouth a bite or two only while Ke Ke did eat more happily. Scabber devour them well, but my lazy boy was half asleep while eating his share of egg pieces and go straight back to sleep after that. Good life ha!

 

Chopped and ready to serve.

 

 

De De taking a whiff and wondering what is this smell ☜(⌒▽⌒)☞

 

 

 

Scabber eating his quail egg with half closed eye lids, his butt is still inside his hamhead . Too lazy to come out all the way .  -_-

Loving the greens!

They all love pretty greens. Wheat grass are as nutritious as they are pretty.I am so glad to see they are a success story, now I am more confident to grow another round of green.

Grass under sunlight.

Scabber having his way with the grass.

         Another successful green story is Parsley. I bought JP40 100% natural dry Parsley today, decided to give them some. They all love it, Scabber finish off his in 5 minutes 🙂  Apigenin, a chemical found in great quantities in parsley, has been found to have potent anti-cancer activity. Maybe that why many believe parsley is a good tonic for hamsters. Come to food and treats, I always believe moderation is the key . So, I am going to give them a few every time I change their food bowl.

Its Jolly brand, 15 g.

The back, stating its only supplementary food.

Whats inside. I only found dry stems, wonder all the leaves go inside spice bottles for human consumption? LOL dunno, smell quite nice ::sniff sniff::

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