frequently asked questions

How can I rehome a baby hamster?

I operate a waiting list system when rehoming any babies and anyone interested will need to email me to request to be added. Applicants not known to me personally will need to answer a few questions so that I can ensure that my babies are going to the most suitable homes for their needs. Once a baby becomes available I will contact you to arrange collection.

Can I adopt one of your retired hamsters?

All of my hamsters are first and foremost my pets and will not be made available for adoption. In the occasion that I think that rehoming to a different type of home is in the hamster’s best interests then I will contact a suitable home from the waiting list directly.

Do you ever have Syrian Hamsters available or are you planning to in the future?

I do not breed Syrian Hamsters and they do not form part of my plans for the hamstery in the future.

Where do you source your hamsters from?

Prior to October 2015, all of my hamsters were obtained from pet shops but the decline in availability has led to the species becoming harder to find and I began to source my hamsters from club breeders. Jessie Jaye was the last pet shop Chinese Hamster owned by Metallica Hamstery.

All of my breeding hamsters are either sourced from other NHC registered hamsteries or have been bred here.

Are you a member of any hamster clubs?

I am a full member of The Southern Hamster Club and hold associate memberships of the Midland and Northern Hamster Clubs.
Metallica Hamstery is a registered prefix with the National Hamster Council and I breed according to their codes of conduct.

Do you screen your hamsters for diabetes before rehoming?

All of my Chinese Hamsters are screened prior to pairing and before being rehomed and in addition to this they are screened at reegular intervals throughout the year or if they develop symptoms that have become a concern.

Can I come and visit your hamstery?

Whilst rehomers are welcome to pick up their new hamster from me, I do not offer tours of my hamster room. If you would like to be sure of the standards that I maintain then please ask and I would be more than happy to answer any questions.

What is it about Chinese Hamsters that appeals to you?

Ever since I first set eyes on a Chinese Hamsters, they have had a special appeal to me. Often thought of as being difficult to tame due to their shyness, I have found them to be a very loving species once tamed. Packed full of personality and are quite intelligent for a small animal, I am genuinely interested in watching their character develop as they interact with their environment.

In the right environment, I believe that the Chinese Hamster can really thrive and come out of their shells to become wonderful pets.