Cherishing every little personality

Based in West Wiltshire, a few miles away from Bath, Metallica Hamstery primarily specialises in the Normal (Agouti) Chinese.

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?

Whilst I may on occasions have a Syrian Hamster or two as part of my Show Team, I am not planning to breed this species of hamster.

Where do you get 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.

If a hamster that you have rehomed from me develops diabetes or any other health problem then please let me know so I can monitor the occurrence of illness in my lines

Can I come and visit your hamstery?

Whilst I am happy for rehomers to come and pick up a pup from me, my hamstery is located in a private home and is not open to general visitors.

If you would like to be sure of the standards I maintain then please ask and I would be happy to answer any questions you have.

What is it that you love about the Chinese Hamster?

I find Chinese Hamsters to be a charming species that are packed full of personality. I believe that in the right home and with the right handling they can become wonderful, loving pets.