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Old 07-22-2021, 07:19 AM  
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Default Re: Oreo is proving difficult. Please help. x

Originally Posted by shane View Post
Oreo sounds so much like my boy. Hes in a bin-style cage. Heres a little brain dump of what Ive found:

-Hes much braver when the light is off and were in the dim light from the room next door. My movements are less likely to spook him.
-The tissue trick definitely worked. After he took the tissue I found I could place my hand outside his house and hed eventually have a sniff. Once he started poking his nose out I was able to bribe him with treats.
-I always put my hand in at an angle, I put it in at the far end of the cage and slowly move it toward him horizontally. This way he can see (and smell) me coming.
-It took a few weeks for me to start figuring out where he was peeing because it didnt smell at first. Now I can find the dirty substrate with my nose.
-I constantly talk when Im in the cage, he now pokes his nose out when he hears my voice (because hes expecting treats or dinner).

Its been almost 2 months and last night he finally let me stroke him while nibbling on a pumpkin seed. The wait and frustration was worth that moment alone
Oh, this might help too! Thank you for the tips. x
Age: 20 years old Hamsters I currently own: 2 Hamsters at the Rainbow Bridge: 1
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