Ginga Boo have a new friend - the as-yet-to-be-named hamster. This girl was let loose in the wild after some time of petdom - the previous owner believed that (s)he was freeing the hamster. Well, as the saying goes, if you love something, let it go, if it comes back to you it is yours, if it doesn't, you never had it. The smart hamster found her way back to the building that was her home and I-mei & friends adopted her as a mascot. Now she is all decked out in a new cage with an excercise wheel and such. We tried to put her in the wheel so she could get some excercise, but she's been slow to take to it. She keeps jumping out. Probably because we tried to put her in during the day - hamsters apparently sleep during the day and are active at night. Anyway, some progress was made and she did turn it a quarter of a turn. After that she got tired and started to eat.
She's also getting used to the new cage - the old plastic box that she came with did not have any bars. So she thinks that she can get out and have her run of the place by chewing through the bars. We better be on the alert for a breach.
So far she doesn't like being picked up too much, she bites a little. I'm using the same technique on her as on the cat - the Cesar Milan "Sssshhhh" and trying to be all calm and assertive. It worked with the cat, not sure about the hamster.