Butterscotch: the 21st century pet

For Christmas, my four-year-old asked Santa to bring her two white mice and a purple cage. Santa, being the omniscient and clever old elf he is, brought just the purple cage.

(He also thoughtfully left a note explaining that he was pretty sure mom and dad weren’t as keen on the mice as our daughter but had fulfilled the purple cage wish in hopes that we could all decide upon the perfect inhabitant together). Nice work, Santa.


The purple cage is super cool. I’m pretty sure if the Jetsons had owned a hamster instead of Astro, this is what his cage would have looked like.:

(Note that this is the Extreme Challenge edition–clearly targeting 21st Century parents aiming to cultivate Mensa-level rodents for their above-average offspring.)

Here’s the 360°, external hamster wheel (of which our non-Mensa quality rodent only goes 90º back and forth in hopes of accessing nearby wall, thus ensuring escape from tormenting captors).Here’s the snazzy, spiral access ramp to the wheel:

Next stop, pet shop!

We made sure the parameters were clear in advance, she had two choices: 1. a large hamster, 2. a small hamster. NO mice, NO  gerbils, NO guinea pigs.

Here she is checking out the large hamster (note look of complete indifference on child’s face)






Clearly option 1. wasn’t cutting it. On to option 2: the Robo.












Since acquiring Butterscotch, we have taken him out for handling and observation on a regular basis. He also has been exercising diligently on his external hamster wheel.

Since beginning this blog entry, I have learned that Robos are not only the smallest but also the fastest breed of hamster.

Now taking bets on how long before Butterscotch’s cage renders him bright enough to find his freedom…

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. slightlywonky
    Jan 01, 2011 @ 20:51:22

    So cute!!!! What an amazing cage! I can’t believe it…so high tech. I still don’t quite understand how the external hamster run works, but sounds good. Did you get a hammy-ball too? 🙂


    • growingmuses
      Jan 02, 2011 @ 15:42:08

      No hammy ball yet but word has it that one of my two brothers might have picked one up for the little fur ball. Why don’t you come on out and meet him? We could maybe even make cookies with butterscotch sprinkles…


  2. mama
    Jan 02, 2011 @ 14:04:20

    He must be more intelligent than some of my students if he’s already figured out that high-tech environment! I remember when Gretchen’s hamster got away. It chewed a hole in the baseboard and disappeared, never to be seen again. Let’s hope Butterscotch is not as mentally acute as that.


    • growingmuses
      Jan 02, 2011 @ 15:38:47

      well, feel free to cast your vote on my poll at the bottom of the post and let me know what you think. I agree that it is a high tech environment but with so much A.D.D. out there, ya just have to keep pets stimulated all the time these days.


  3. Shelly
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 06:32:34

    aww i love robos! 🙂 check out my blog please?


    • growingmuses
      Jan 18, 2011 @ 23:09:44

      Shelly, thanks for checking out my blog. I checked out yours too and was fascinated by all of your hamster affection and knowledge. Thanks for sharing and enlightening me. I’m sorry about Micro.


  4. Shelly
    Jan 18, 2011 @ 23:27:55

    You’re welcome and thanks! She taught me a lot,and I loved her very much. I wish you the best of luck with your new roborovski addition. I hope you are able to handle him. I really liked the X-Cage. Micro loved the wheel on top.


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