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Vectis

About Vectis

When you’re researching hamster information you want to know that what you read is reliable. I have been keeping, breeding and showing Chinese hamsters for a decade. Therefore I have personal experience of a wide range of hamster keeping queries and conundrums. I have spent nearly 20 years in medicine and education; as a result this scientific background helps in accessing and evaluating original research papers to add depth to that knowledge.

When you’re looking for a hamster you want to find a happy hamster who has been raised with care. It’s a pleasure to welcome people back and send them home with their second or even third pet after they have lost their previous Vectis hamster to old age.

The Beginning of Vectis Hamstery

Alex came from a pet shop. He remained nervous for the nearly four years of his life; I couldn’t handle him. I remember what it was like to not know where to find reliable advice about my pet.

That’s why you don’t need to search for advice; Vectis hamsters have lifelong support.

Alex taught me that being comfortable with humans is key, both for the hamster’s enjoyment of life and also for their health and wellbeing. I value temperament highly, and work hard on the socialisation of young hamsters.

I am proud to be Secretary of the National Hamster Council and a qualified dwarf hamster judge. Because of this, I know the species I am breeding. I have a good knowledge of the show standards, which allows me to work towards a body shape that has the hamster’s welfare in mind. I prioritise type (shape) over colour to allow good space for the eyes and brain, and optimise the hamster’s ability to do normal hamster activities. 

Health Comes First

Dobby tested positive for diabetes the night before his new young owner was collecting him. He was six weeks old. I had to tell her she couldn’t have the boy she’d already named even though she still wanted him;  a different hamster went home with her.

It was the hard thing to do but the right thing. Dobby died young and he died hard which is why health is important to me.

Due to Dobby, I have a programme of health testing for diabetes in the Chinese hamsters. Parents are tested before pairing and each hamster is tested before leaving. Any hamster at any age who shows possible signs of diabetes is tested and every test is recorded in the individual hamster’s record. I do not breed from hamsters with diabetes, and no hamster who tests positive goes to a new home.

Vectis Hamstery is protected by Rogue, guard dog and detector of escaped hamsters. Rogue is scared of people, so you won’t see him when you collect your hamster.

Training a dog with behavioural challenges has given me a new perspective on animal care and has influenced my approach to the hamsters.

I include aspects of Tellington T Touch, co-operative care and positive reinforcement training in the hamstery.

Vectis Hamstery is protected by Rogue, guard dog and detector of escaped hamsters. Rogue is scared of people, so you won’t see him when you collect your hamster.

Training a dog with behavioural challenges has given me a new perspective on animal care and has influenced my approach to the hamsters.

I include aspects of Tellington T Touch, co-operative care and positive reinforcement training in the hamstery.

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admin@vectishams.com

 

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