You know you have high maintenance hamsters when it requires safety warnings for the neighbors who are feeding them for you over Thanksgiving.
Sweet little Hammy. Our "free" hamster who only needed a cage.
Sunshine, yellow with red eyes, poking her nose into a hole in Alex's math notebook.
We got her because hamsters are supposed to be social animals and enjoy each other's company.
She beat the daylights out of Hammy and anything that Hammy had ever touched.
That is when we got the second cage.
Sunshine's cute little bum. And even that I couldn't get in focus....
We got Vader to be friends with Sunshine.
Vader was sweet and small.
But then she started to get bigger.
And spent a lot of her time chewing on the metal cage in an effort to escape.
And then she turned on Sunshine and started attacking her.
That was when we got our third hamster cage.
Because if you give us a free hamster, we'll turn it into a managerie of cages and water bottles.
Possibly a hamster fight club.
(You know the first rule of Hamster Fight Club is that you never talk about Hamster Fight Club....)
So of course, our "Would your kids like a free hamster" turned into high maintenance, in need of therapy pets.
Moral of the story: There is no such thing as a free hamster
Also: If you name a sweet, docile hamter after Darth Vader, you shouldn't be surprised when she turns to the dark side.