Just a couple weeks ago I was thrilled with myself for outsmarting the little guy and being able to trim all his nails. Since he enjoys biting and we've never been able to hold him, I would trim his nails by sneaking a tiny scissors through the cage bars as he chewed a tasty treat. We leaned this trick with Rusty, our last hamster, but being a naturally skittish dwarf hamster meant it was lucky if Zippy would sit still long enough for me to trim a single nail. Then I came up with the idea to smear some peanut butter on the cage bars to entice him to sit still longer. Sure enough, Zippy was so focused on licking the peanut butter off the cage bars that he barely noticed I was trimming his nails. I got all his nails trimmed in one sitting! At least the little guy went to the afterlife with a fresh manicure.
Zippy got a proper burrial beneath a rock where Rusty is also burried. He was nestled in his favorite cotton bedding and got to take several of his favorite treats with him - shelled pumkin and sunflower seeds, a peanut butter treat, and a few pieces of dried apricot.