Don't you ever wonder what hamsters think?
I mean, for Willow I assume she is thinking about food, escape, and running, because that is what she does... but how do you actually know anything about what hamsters think?
For example, Willow seems desperate to escape no matter how many toys and new things I put in her cage. Does she want to escape to get away from me, to get away from her cage, to go out into the wild, or all of those things? I will never know...
I have always disliked caging animals - I even feel bad about putting Willow in a cage, even though I put loads of things for her to do in there, and constantly try to keep her entertained...
But I think there is one big difference with hamsters: they would die in the wild.
If Willow was born in her native country of Syria, then I would not say that.
However, she was born in England.
When you go to the pet shop all these hamsters are already there and will be bought at some time or another, so by buying them you are only going to give them a happier life than they might have had if put in a smaller cage and bought by someone who doesn't love their hamster as much as you do.
It's not exactly like you can just release a hamster into the wild in England. Unfortunately it would not live for long, as it would either get eaten by a fox or a bird, get too cold, run out of food, get a disease... the list goes on and on.
[ lost in thought ]
Anyway- so that is how I comfort myself when I wish I didn't have to put Willow in a cage....
Sorry, I went off on a complete tangent there! Hope you don't mind hearing about my insane hamster ramblings! Will try to stick to the point next post!