My beloved hamster Endeavour really did communicate through these noises & actions – and because I was impressed – I’m recording them here for future Ethologists:
ack ack ack = my bedding is in disarray, I am unhappy.
ACK! = I was arranging my bedding, put me back in my cage.
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAK = the roof of my bed has come off, do something!
Filling bed with sawdust = my bed is stinky, I require fresh bedding…
Squeak, Squeak, Squeak = the slide has fallen off my platform, assist me to put it back up.
Banging a food bowl = I’m a free animal, remove me from this prison.
Hanging from the bars at the top of the cage – if you don’t immediately remove me from this cage I will fall & die & guilt will haunt your every waking hour.
Climbing into an exercise ball = I want to be in my exercise ball, close the lid.
Banging into things while in an exercise ball = I’m bored of this exercise ball, open the lid.
Falling asleep = put me back in my bed.
A desperate look while climbing = assist me to climb this item of furniture.
Head stuck in bedding or sofa, back legs waggling = I’m in a predicament, remove me at once.
Furious face, using back legs to kick bedding over her bed – I’m cold, put the heating on.
Look of alarm, then slowly moving away = AAAARRRRGGGHHHHH, it’s Scuttler, the spider!
Banging sandpit = these conditions are unacceptable, clean my sandpit.
Grooming = it will take me half an hour to prepare to leave my cage, do not shut the door.
sniffing along the open cage door – I might be going to bed, or I might not be, don’t close the door until I’ve made up my mind.
Darting = I will chew that wire & nothing will stop me.
Scenting = what are these non-me smells I keep encountering?
Paw on hand = who are you? You haven’t fed me for at least 10 minutes.
Squeaky Squeak Squeaky Squeak = unhand me, I wish to go in this direction.
Fast Waddling = I think I saw a crumb fall on the carpet, I will reach it before the hoover.
SQUEAK! = I’m missing, retrieve me.
Frantic scratching – I’m trapped in a box, let me out.
Banging food bowl, then reversing away from hand = I’m still sleepy, but require more food.
Throwing food out of cage = this is boring, I need variety.
Sitting on table = BRING ME A SNACK!
Climbing into cage & going into bed = that’s enough activity for today, please put the light out & be quiet.
Furious face with screwed up eyes (while in bed) = STOP THIS RELENTLESS NOISE!
Furious face (while in bed) = it’s morning, where is my toast?
And tons of other things – she was ALWAYS saying something.