Our Class Pet

Bacon is ready to visit you!

Bacon is ready for week-end visits! However, before you get all excited, there are some things you should know:

  • Bacon can not be transported on the school bus. He must be a car rider on Friday afternoon, and a car rider on Monday morning.*
  • While keeping Bacon for the week-end, you will need to clean his cage. All materials and detailed instructions will be provided.
  • Bacon is nocturnal (meaning he sleeps during the day and is awake at night), so if noises bother you and you don't have anywhere to put Bacon while you sleep, he may not be the best house guest.

*Times are negotiable - Bacon does not have to be picked up as soon as the bell rings on Friday, nor does he need to be delivered by 7:45 on Monday morning!

Feeding Bacon

  • Bacon will come with all of his food and treats. You will need to feed him every day, even if he doesn't eat all of his food from the day before. You will practice feeding Bacon at school during the week that you will be taking him home.
  • Bacon can have fresh veggies - but don't put them in his regular food bowl. Use the small purple bowl, and make sure you empty out any veggies he does not eat.
  • Bacon may take treats from your hand, but please do not feed Bacon outside of his cage. Hamsters are hoarders, and he may want to take his treat and hide it for later!
  • You will need to give Bacon fresh water every day, even though he may not drink much of it.

Extra Treats for Bacon

Bacon can have small pieces (1-2 pieces daily) of the raw vegetables on this list. He can also have a few of the nuts and seeds listed. These are not mandatory, just if you happen to have some at your house! I feed him a small piece of either chicory, endive, romaine lettuce or carrot daily because I have guinea pigs, and that is what they eat. Please do not feed Bacon ICEBERG LETTUCE!!!!

  • broccoli
  • carrot
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • chicory
  • endive
  • kale
  • romaine lettuce
  • spinach
  • unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • roasted, unsalted soybeans
  • unsalted sesame seeds
  • lentils
  • unsalted, unbuttered popcorn

Care of Bacon

While hosting Bacon at your house, you will be responsible for cleaning his cage. It is easy!

  • Place Bacon in his ball. If this is not an option, you can let Bacon run around the bathtub (make sure it is dry first) and your other pets can't get into the bathroom!
  • The top of the cage comes off easily.
  • Dump out all of the bedding into the trash.
  • Use the vinegar/water spray provided and spray down the cage. If there is no vinegar/water spray (maybe it leaked in your car), you can use household cleaner. If you use cleaner, please rinse the cage. You can also clean the cage with dish detergent.
  • Dry the cage thoroughly before putting any bedding in. You can use paper towels or a bath towel.
  • Wash Bacon's house, food bowls, water bottle, and wheel in the sink with dish detergent. Any detergent will be fine, but there is some provided! Dry these items thoroughly before putting them in his cage (except for inside the water bottle). Paper towels or bath towels work find.
  • Place one layer of the pine chips, and cover with one layer of paper bedding. You will have to crumble the paper bedding because it comes out in a giant clump!


  • Don't let Bacon run around on your floor outside of his ball. He may look slow, but he is sneaky!
  • Make sure Bacon's cage is closed when he is inside. If you're worried about this, there is a binder clip you can attach for more security!
  • You do not have to let Bacon run around in his ball. You can put him in the bathtub and watch him run around.
  • Bacon does not really like to be held, and he is squirmy. You can put Bacon in his basket and pet him; just watch him at all times because he will climb out!
  • Don't give Bacon a bath. Hamsters groom themselves. However, if you have a Barbie brush, you can brush his fur gently.

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