What would you do?

Old Jul 27th 2013, 5:02 pm
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I have been tasked with looking after some things for some teachers who have gone away all summer - obviously this duty was subcontracted to the maid.

The indoor plants are not great but alive, the outdoor cactus has never look better but the Hamster is well and truly dead. He has water and food but alias no life. So... do I:

1) Replace it
2) Come clean now (by SMS) and ruin a kids holiday - and ask if i can keep the cage/ sell on dubizzle
3) Wait until they return and break the news that hammy has been dead for 4 weeks.



I'm currently thinking 2 is the easiest option for me.

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Wait until they get back darling..are you sure that it is dead? Do hamsters hibernate..have you had a vet check it??
No point telling the poor kid now..unless you have a slight sadistic streak...oh...ok..tell them now
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Tell your wife and let her decide what to do.

At least when they all go back they can get a new baby hamster- a hamlet? and they get to play with a shiny new baby one- far more fun than an old one.
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Originally Posted by Patsy Stoned View Post
Wait until they get back darling..are you sure that it is dead? Do hamsters hibernate..have you had a vet check it??
No point telling the poor kid now..unless you have a slight sadistic streak...oh...ok..tell them now
Deffo dead. Would it be wrong to post the picture?!
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I can remember when my hamster died, I buried him in a quality street tin with soft bedding and food - just in case he was hibernating- not sure how long the air supply would have lasted and with no water... to be fair he was stiff as a board whereas I imagine hibernating hamsters are still floppy?
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Originally Posted by kittycat1 View Post
Tell your wife and let her decide what to do.

At least when they all go back they can get a new baby hamster- a hamlet? and they get to play with a shiny new baby one- far more fun than an old one.
I asked my wife. First thing she said was "I can't believe I bought a new bag of sawdust, what a waste." Then we talked about if it would be rude to ask to the to keep the cage for mini millhouse. We are all heart in Villa de la Millhouse.

I think she will break the news to the mother in the morning. Up to them how to handle it.

Reminds me of when I was 14 and my dog died whist I was on a skiing trip. I got told and while I cried myself to sleep that night, I had a great time on the black runs the following day.

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I can remember when my hamster died, I buried him in a quality street tin with soft bedding and food - just in case he was hibernating- not sure how long the air supply would have lasted and with no water... to be fair he was stiff as a board whereas I imagine hibernating hamsters are still floppy?
I've had to bury two hamsters, three guinea pigs and a dog in my lifetime. Not one has been a nice event - and doing that in the UK, the ground is either frozen or baked solid making digging nearly impossible - failing that it is raining just to make the while thing even more miserable.
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I can beat that- 3 hamsters, 3 cats, 2 dogs and a butterfly and several dozen mice(when i was very little- I was rather sensitive and we had to have burials for every mouse that got caught in the mouse trap)
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Get another hamster. Can you tell one from another ?
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Get another hamster. Can you tell one from another ?
They all have very different personalities. Not as stricking as the differences between guinea pigs, or dogs, but yes -- they are different. Awwwww, I'm welling up.
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Then we talked about if it would be rude to ask to the to keep the cage for mini millhouse. We are all heart in Villa de la Millhouse.
Blimey, Mini must be small.
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I can beat that- 3 hamsters, 3 cats, 2 dogs and a butterfly and several dozen mice(when i was very little- I was rather sensitive and we had to have burials for every mouse that got caught in the mouse trap)
OK OK............ a pet butterfly?

Are you trying to wind us up?
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I can beat that- 3 hamsters, 3 cats, 2 dogs and a butterfly and several dozen mice(when i was very little- I was rather sensitive and we had to have burials for every mouse that got caught in the mouse trap)
5 dogs. 14 cats and a horse!
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Lol dean ok I found the butterfly dead on the street- carried it home and gave it a funeral and buried it.

Ok pats you win- I take it with a horse the vets take care of the funeral?
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Slightly random but a bit on topic.

This lady who owns a boutique vineyard up the road from us, buries all her pet romney sheep when they kark it. Not so much as a chop passes her lips.


Another option Millhouse.

4 - Cremate the hammy in your oven and present to the family in a box for later disposal

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