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Feb 16, 2008

Ham Dip

Great, wait 'til the guys back at the Wheel hear about THIS


Michele L.K. Dip that Ham!

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throw in some split peas and you got SOUP!

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:04 AM

She doesn't want a bath, she's a self cleaning ham! But she will sure look sweet all wet, like a hot dog.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:10 AM

I predict a stream of anti-hammy scruff holding...

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:12 AM

Edit: Anti-hammy scruff holding trolls.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:14 AM

Edit: anti-hammy scruff holding angry trolls

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Hehe, just ridiculous. Look at that perfect expression.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:23 AM

If you dipped him in the Ganges, I guess you could call him a Delhi Ham.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:31 AM

Not to mention anti-hammy-bathing trolls. I used to bathe my hammies when I was a little kid. They were so cute swimming in the sink. I don't think they were traumatized, but I don't think they liked it either.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:33 AM

Haha, that little ham's expression. I've certainly known hams that didn't mind being held by the scruff at all (and some that did, every ham is different!).

I've also had hams that were very mellow about their baths. It's so cute to see them paddle around in the water.

And sometimes they DO need baths - not usually because of them, but because some human went and held them with greasy hands! Ick!

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:35 AM

Do hams frequently need baths?? I thought they were self cleaning. If I had a ham I would want to bathe him all the time, just to see him swim.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:43 AM

They don't need them frequently, but every once in a while something might happen to get them dirty - I've had hams wander into the heating vent and get covered in dust, get in someone's salad bowl, etc. Most commonly, though, I give them baths when they've been being held a lot and their fur has gotten somewhat greasy from it. They can usually clean it up themselves, but it takes them a while, and the bath helps. Plus, mine don't tend to mind it, and even seem to enjoy when I use the hair dryer on low to dry their fur.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:47 AM

Most hams stay fairly clean, if somewhat uriney, but occasionally a ham will get senile or something and decide to stop cleaning himself. If he does this, eventually he starts kind of smelling like the "cheese" from your toenails and it's really, really nasty.

Adam Villani
 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 12:50 AM

Looks like he was bathing in a KARAT. No problems there.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 01:03 AM

hoo le pauvre, pas de bain pour les hamsters!!!! :-( :'(

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 01:43 AM

No bath for hamsters, it is deadly and terrifying for them!

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 01:45 AM

Unless you drown the hamster, then a bath is certainly not deadly! And they're pretty good swimmers. And if you give them baths the nice way and keep the water low enough so that they can touch the bottom, then they usually stop being scared pretty quickly.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 01:57 AM

Oh, the indignity!!

Cute little hamster-feeties!!!!

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 02:53 AM

My hamster once fell in th water when I did the dishes, he was a very good swimmer...

Holy Cuteness
 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 03:05 AM

Poor hammie! :(

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 03:18 AM

if hamsters get dirty (mine escaped and pouched a box of hamster treats which melted and then got all stuck in his fur!) then you should get a cotton bud and use warm water to wipe down the fur. my hamster book says you should under no circumstances submerge them in water - i.e. chuck them in the sink.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 03:58 AM

That's a look that says 'Why? WHY? I've always been kind to YOU!'

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 04:02 AM

*looks at water*
*loooks up at camera*
*looks back at the water*
*back up at the camera*


 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 04:55 AM

the problem with hammie bathing is that they can't adjust to the water temperature and could get sick. so I guess if one insisted on submerging the ham it would be super important to have the water room temperature. the way Kerry described sounds better though. that said--I loff hammie feets.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 05:10 AM

i'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to give hamsters baths because if they catch a chill it can make them really sick. it's actually kinda of cruel and not very cute.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 05:42 AM

Hamsters don't neeeeed baths! They could get veeerrrry sick if not dried properly!

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 05:47 AM

Yeah I'm going to have to post an anti-bathing hams post as well. You aren't supposed ever, really. There are spray on shampoos and the like, and your hammie will be alive in the morning.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 05:59 AM

Hamsterific.com says hamsters can in fact die from being bathed and it should only be done in exceptional circumstances:

My hamster is self-cleaning, but then, she rarely gets into trouble. :)

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 06:03 AM

I can't imagine how badly someone would have to do it in order to have a hamster DIE from being bathed. I've had many hamsters, they all had baths - of course I was always careful to use warm water and dry them properly, and not one ever had a problem. Use common sense, people. You wouldn't get out of the bath without drying off - so make sure your hammie is completely dry before putting it back too.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 06:32 AM

Noooooooo! Do not bathe the hamster! It is SO very dangerous! Seeing an animal in danger of death is NOT cute! At all! Stop encouraging dangerous behavior!

If you MUST bathe a hamster, they sell dry bath powers that you use to neutralize germs instead of washing them away.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 06:34 AM

that picture makes me sad..
Quote from yahoo answers:
"Picking a hamster up by his/her scruff isn´t good at all. They have a lot of loose skin/fur around their neck because it helps them to store food. (They can store up to half their body weight in there!)

If you´re not careful, you might pop the hamsters eyeball out by lifting it by it´s "scruff.""

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 06:38 AM

Dry powder doesn't do much for mites.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 06:38 AM

I can't decide whether he looks resigned or delighted!

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 06:59 AM

If you can use a camera, you can use Google. You don't need to bathe a hamster unless you're working with the mental capacity of Lenny from 'Of Mice And Men' and in that case, I can't help you.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 07:03 AM

Oh, poor hammie needs some mini floaties.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 07:07 AM

this is not the karat thats orange and yummy to me, !!!!

HALP MEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Leah B.
 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 07:08 AM

That is completely the wrong way to hold a hamster. I'm disgusted.

Anonymous vet assistant
 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 07:13 AM

get it? cuz it'd be split pea and ...

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 07:30 AM

"a camera? are you serious? put that thing down and HEEEEEEELP MEEEE!"

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 07:31 AM

I has a Karat

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 07:52 AM

hammy disapproval? methinks so.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 08:12 AM

When I was a kid I gave mine baths and eventually she got pneumonia and died. :-( Make sure you dry them THOROUGHLY!

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 08:39 AM

1: Mummeh hammies carry behbehs by the scruffs. Even when they get older. That hamster is fine.

2: Hammie will NOT die from a bath if done properly. Nice warm water, a good gentle dry-off at the end, and he'll be fine.

3: Im dying from this dude's look. Its like a cheesy movie when something bad happnes and the character looks into the camera suddenly with this "Oh crap" look. Priceless.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 08:50 AM

So, Vitani - Did you ORDER that side of Hammie with your salad? Or was it a special surprise with your salad?

THAT was quite the mental image I got there! Thanks!

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 09:04 AM

Haha, you're welcome!

My hammie Bandit LOVED tuna salad. It was his absolute favorite, so I'd let him have a little bit whenever I made some. Except one day he figured out that he should just go to the bowl instead of waiting for me to give him some, and when I wasn't looking, well. Hammie in my tuna salad. Hahaha! He was very pleased with himself, I'm sure.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 09:09 AM

I bet, if you put the hammy in a rack (tm) he'd be nice and warm after the bath and end up all sleepies and snugglies and stuff and snorgle you for hours!

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 09:18 AM

the 'guys back at The Wheel' comment made me chuckle its the name of our local rock bar xD

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 09:47 AM

I used to be one of them anti-hammy-bathing trolls on a hammy blog based in China, where for the most part did not have indoor heating. Then I moved back here to the good ol' US of A, where my hammies are constantly in tropical weather (thanks building superintendent and that CRAZY boiler!!!), so I'm sure a dip every once in a while wouldn't give them the sniffles! My hammies are clean clean tho, so they won't need a dip... that and they eat organic feed. Ai-ya-yai....

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 09:48 AM

I wouldn't worry. These are probably the same people who would have had a huge fit over me washing my cat. Even though she had excaped into the basement and came back with something oily ahd foul smelling all over her fur. They'd probably think it was better to take the risk and let lick herself clean.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Do not bath hamsters

Do not pick up hamsters by scruff

Do not look hamsters directly in eyes

Do not taunt hamsters

Do not take pictures of hamsters

Do not look at pictures of hamsters

Do not talk about hamsters behind their backs.

Violating any of these deadly serious rules means that you are very bad, and that I am better than you.

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 10:47 AM

NEW CUTE! *breathing becomes easier, twitches and homicidal urges slowly subside*

It's Sthuper Hamsthter! Nyeeeeeerrrroooooooooo!!! Someone get heem a teeny tiny cape!

 |  Feb 18, 2008 at 11:33 AM

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