Pelota sleeps 23 hours a day !

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Pelota sleeps 23 hours a day !

Post by johnny-publi » Sat, 26 Jul 2003 15:32:43



If you recall I rescued Pelota from almost certain "death by crow" when we
found him in our back yard about a week ago now. The thing is, he never
comes out of his hideaway unless we bring him out. OK, I saw him twice come
out on his own, once to drink water and get food and another to go to the
washroom (kind of like me wife he he !)but he is quite happy to spend the
rest of the time sleeping. How can he sleep so much ????
Is this normal ?

When I let him out he roams around our coffee table only, in due time, when
we know he's not sick and won't give anything to our budgie, he will be let
out on the floor but not yet.

If they are nocturnal they pressumably he is out when I'm sleeping - I
don't know - but, stupid question number 2, how does he see in the dark ?
he seems to hardly see anything when the lights are on ?

Again, thanks for your input.

 
 
 

Pelota sleeps 23 hours a day !

Post by Citize » Sat, 26 Jul 2003 16:29:13




Quote:
>If you recall I rescued Pelota from almost certain "death by crow" when we
>found him in our back yard about a week ago now. The thing is, he never
>comes out of his hideaway unless we bring him out. OK, I saw him twice come
>out on his own, once to drink water and get food and another to go to the
>washroom (kind of like me wife he he !)but he is quite happy to spend the
>rest of the time sleeping. How can he sleep so much ????
>Is this normal ?

>When I let him out he roams around our coffee table only, in due time, when
>we know he's not sick and won't give anything to our budgie, he will be let
>out on the floor but not yet.

>If they are nocturnal they pressumably he is out when I'm sleeping - I
>don't know - but, stupid question number 2, how does he see in the dark ?
>he seems to hardly see anything when the lights are on ?

>Again, thanks for your input.

Pelota is indeed nocturnal. He lives by smell. Hamster vision is not
good. I'm sure he would enjoy a safe exercise wheel, one where his
feet/leg can not slip through open runges. You will then be able to
hear him at night. ;-) You could also buiy an excersise ball so he
does not really "touch" the ground. It is a plactic ball that can be
closed with the hamster in it. The hamster will then roam freely in
his ball..
Is he a syrian hamster or a dwarf ? If he is an *** syrian, the
normal exercise wheels in the shops will probably not fit him too
well. In that case we can advice the Wodent Wheel which is available
via online purchase (only?).
 
 
 

Pelota sleeps 23 hours a day !

Post by MiHoSwEe » Sat, 26 Jul 2003 16:44:08


Quote:
>How can he sleep so much ????
>Is this normal ?

Sleeping a lot during the day is quite normal.  And, he's probably still
recovering from being out in the "wild" for who knows how long.  He's probably
out during the middle of the night when everyone else is sound asleep:)

Quote:
>how does he see in the dark ?
>he seems to hardly see anything when the lights are on ?

Hamsters have poor vision regardless of if there is light or not.  They rely on
their sense of smell and hearing.

christine miho
http://community.webshots.com/user/miho176
http://community.webshots.com/user/hamsterhaven

 
 
 

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Post by Piema » Sat, 26 Jul 2003 17:49:19


hamsters are indeed nocturnal. They also are quite nearsighted.
hamsters have a very accute sense of smell and hearing.
they are happy in the dark and instinctively beware of predators.
Get a plastic ball for him to run in when he is awake, normally about dusk
Good luck with Pelota,
Sean

Quote:
> If you recall I rescued Pelota from almost certain "death by crow" when we
> found him in our back yard about a week ago now. The thing is, he never
> comes out of his hideaway unless we bring him out. OK, I saw him twice
come
> out on his own, once to drink water and get food and another to go to the
> washroom (kind of like me wife he he !)but he is quite happy to spend the
> rest of the time sleeping. How can he sleep so much ????
> Is this normal ?

> When I let him out he roams around our coffee table only, in due time,
when
> we know he's not sick and won't give anything to our budgie, he will be
let
> out on the floor but not yet.

> If they are nocturnal they pressumably he is out when I'm sleeping - I
> don't know - but, stupid question number 2, how does he see in the dark ?
> he seems to hardly see anything when the lights are on ?

> Again, thanks for your input.

 
 
 

Pelota sleeps 23 hours a day !

Post by Kory Postm » Sat, 26 Jul 2003 23:41:05


To explain more on the sight of hamsters:

They see better without the lights because their eyes consist of
mostly/all rods, which with intense light become over-saturated.
After the lights go out, it takes a short time and then they will be
able to pick up small bits of light here and there.  Rods are best for
detecting movement and small amounts of light, so during the day the
hamster can hardly see because its rods are getting too much light,
hence they see better in the dark than they do in light.  Does that
make sense?

Humans see better in the daytime because of our cones, with which we
only see one point best, the rest are mainly rods and if you do not
wear glasses, etc. then you will notice that you can only see one
point best (also look at an anatomy book).  Our peripheral vision
consists of rods and it is best at detecting movement, which our eyes
go to and then we are able to find out what is going on.  So, the
hamster mainly only has rods, no cones.  So now you know about how bad
their vision is, but it is a lot better during night.  Our vision at
night with low light is only by our rods, not by our cones.  That is
why you can not tell color in darkness.

This is also the reason why the Army, etc. uses red lights to read
maps at night because it will not over-saturate our rods, so we will
still have our night-vision.  Rods cannot detect red light as well.

Kory



Quote:
>If you recall I rescued Pelota from almost certain "death by crow" when we
>found him in our back yard about a week ago now. The thing is, he never
>comes out of his hideaway unless we bring him out. OK, I saw him twice come
>out on his own, once to drink water and get food and another to go to the
>washroom (kind of like me wife he he !)but he is quite happy to spend the
>rest of the time sleeping. How can he sleep so much ????
>Is this normal ?

>When I let him out he roams around our coffee table only, in due time, when
>we know he's not sick and won't give anything to our budgie, he will be let
>out on the floor but not yet.

>If they are nocturnal they pressumably he is out when I'm sleeping - I
>don't know - but, stupid question number 2, how does he see in the dark ?
>he seems to hardly see anything when the lights are on ?

>Again, thanks for your input.

 
 
 

Pelota sleeps 23 hours a day !

Post by Dave Za » Sun, 27 Jul 2003 00:21:11


Yes he sleeps during the day and is running around and exersizing all
night long when your asleep. If your really concerned about it maybe
you should stay up late one night and try to find out. They can see in
the dark(i think?) but they use their nose to get around.
Quote:
> If you recall I rescued Pelota from almost certain "death by crow" when we
> found him in our back yard about a week ago now. The thing is, he never
> comes out of his hideaway unless we bring him out. OK, I saw him twice come
> out on his own, once to drink water and get food and another to go to the
> washroom (kind of like me wife he he !)but he is quite happy to spend the
> rest of the time sleeping. How can he sleep so much ????
> Is this normal ?

> When I let him out he roams around our coffee table only, in due time, when
> we know he's not sick and won't give anything to our budgie, he will be let
> out on the floor but not yet.

> If they are nocturnal they pressumably he is out when I'm sleeping - I
> don't know - but, stupid question number 2, how does he see in the dark ?
> he seems to hardly see anything when the lights are on ?

> Again, thanks for your input.

 
 
 

Pelota sleeps 23 hours a day !

Post by johnny-publi » Sun, 27 Jul 2003 07:48:26


Wow, Kory, thanks a lot for that explanation. Now I understand better how
he "works". I believe everybody suggested one of those exercise balls.
We have a local store here called Petcetera, I don't know if it's in the
States also and I've seen them there. I didn't know at that time if they
were appropriate for him. They're not cheap !
I guess somebody will have to stay up and "shove" him in it :)

For the person who asked I believe he is a Syrian.
My wife will go by the library tonight to get a book on them so we can
learn a bit more about them.

Thanks all.



Quote:
> To explain more on the sight of hamsters:

> They see better without the lights because their eyes consist of
> mostly/all rods, which with intense light become over-saturated.
> After the lights go out, it takes a short time and then they will be
> able to pick up small bits of light here and there.  Rods are best for
> detecting movement and small amounts of light, so during the day the
> hamster can hardly see because its rods are getting too much light,
> hence they see better in the dark than they do in light.  Does that
> make sense?

> Humans see better in the daytime because of our cones, with which we
> only see one point best, the rest are mainly rods and if you do not
> wear glasses, etc. then you will notice that you can only see one
> point best (also look at an anatomy book).  Our peripheral vision
> consists of rods and it is best at detecting movement, which our eyes
> go to and then we are able to find out what is going on.  So, the
> hamster mainly only has rods, no cones.  So now you know about how bad
> their vision is, but it is a lot better during night.  Our vision at
> night with low light is only by our rods, not by our cones.  That is
> why you can not tell color in darkness.

> This is also the reason why the Army, etc. uses red lights to read
> maps at night because it will not over-saturate our rods, so we will
> still have our night-vision.  Rods cannot detect red light as well.

> Kory



>>If you recall I rescued Pelota from almost certain "death by crow"
>>when we found him in our back yard about a week ago now. The thing is,
>>he never comes out of his hideaway unless we bring him out. OK, I saw
>>him twice come out on his own, once to drink water and get food and
>>another to go to the washroom (kind of like me wife he he !)but he is
>>quite happy to spend the rest of the time sleeping. How can he sleep
>>so much ???? Is this normal ?

>>When I let him out he roams around our coffee table only, in due time,
>>when we know he's not sick and won't give anything to our budgie, he
>>will be let out on the floor but not yet.

>>If they are nocturnal they pressumably he is out when I'm sleeping - I
>>don't know - but, stupid question number 2, how does he see in the
>>dark ? he seems to hardly see anything when the lights are on ?

>>Again, thanks for your input.

 
 
 

Pelota sleeps 23 hours a day !

Post by MiHoSwEe » Sun, 27 Jul 2003 13:53:13


Quote:
>For the person who asked I believe he is a Syrian.

Yes, he is a Syrian.  And a handsome boy too:)

christine miho
http://community.webshots.com/user/miho176
http://community.webshots.com/user/hamsterhaven

 
 
 

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Post by Kory Postm » Sun, 27 Jul 2003 15:05:15


Actually you can kinda setup a routine with your hamster.  A lot of
Syrians start becoming active about 9-10PM, maybe that is a good time
to put her/him in the ball and let them run around.  My has the
routine now that she will beg to be let out so that she can travel
around in the ball.  I know their eyesight is poor, especially with
lights, but I think she knows how to get around now, maybe they have a
way of telling how far they have traveled and not to go too far.
Otherwise, it might just be the smell of different types of furniture.
Who knows,
Kory



Quote:
>Wow, Kory, thanks a lot for that explanation. Now I understand better how
>he "works". I believe everybody suggested one of those exercise balls.
>We have a local store here called Petcetera, I don't know if it's in the
>States also and I've seen them there. I didn't know at that time if they
>were appropriate for him. They're not cheap !
>I guess somebody will have to stay up and "shove" him in it :)

>For the person who asked I believe he is a Syrian.
>My wife will go by the library tonight to get a book on them so we can
>learn a bit more about them.

>Thanks all.

 
 
 

Pelota sleeps 23 hours a day !

Post by Jodylog » Mon, 28 Jul 2003 17:54:32


I have seen exercise balls in Wallmart for under $5. Beware: Hamsters get
injured when the ball bangs into furniture and walls, = I dislike them and so
did my hammie the first time I put him in it.
I returned it promptly. I am extremely intune with how he might feel. I watched
him closely, he was scared barely moved the ball just looked scared - he kept
looking all around and then sniffing, walking delicately inside it trying to
figure how to get out. It seemed cruel & dangerous, and it seemed it might hurt
his claws as the ball rolled over the hard floor: I have tile throughout my
home.
I think ball are cruel.
But I have a better idea, i want to pattent so can't say yet. to do with
Conserving Energy, and pretty funny, will have the photos on the webshots album
soon.

Jody
http://community.webshots.com/user/softncuddly

 
 
 

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Post by Vivia » Wed, 30 Jul 2003 02:31:03


I feel the same way as you do about the balls however, my hammies just love
them.  So this is what I did, I only let them run on the carpet so that
everything is cushioned and I made a foam fence/playpen so that they
wouldn't injure themselves from banging on anything.  I think they get more
exercise too because running on the carpet is a lot harder then bare floors.

--
Vivian
http://www.20six.co.uk/maroo

"Meet Maroo and Honey, Our Campbell Dwarf Princess Hamsters"

Quote:
> I have seen exercise balls in Wallmart for under $5. Beware: Hamsters get
> injured when the ball bangs into furniture and walls, = I dislike them and
so
> did my hammie the first time I put him in it.
> I returned it promptly. I am extremely intune with how he might feel. I
watched
> him closely, he was scared barely moved the ball just looked scared - he
kept
> looking all around and then sniffing, walking delicately inside it trying
to
> figure how to get out. It seemed cruel & dangerous, and it seemed it might
hurt
> his claws as the ball rolled over the hard floor: I have tile throughout
my
> home.
> I think ball are cruel.
> But I have a better idea, i want to pattent so can't say yet. to do with
> Conserving Energy, and pretty funny, will have the photos on the webshots
album
> soon.

> Jody
> http://community.webshots.com/user/softncuddly