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Old 02-06-2016, 12:09 PM   #1
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Default Keeping two robrowski hamsters together

Hi, I just took on two female robrowski hamsters. I have heard it is really difficult to keep two together without them fighting eventually. At the moment they are snuggled up and the best of friends,but I am really worried I will come down to a huge fight with injuries. What would you advise. I want to do the right thing by them both. I have a spare cage in case they need splitting.
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Old 02-06-2016, 12:24 PM   #2
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Hi Sally. Your right to be concerned, but all in all, if you don`t go mad with full cage cleans and re-arranging their layout which could stress them, they should be okay and stable for a while unless one decides the other is not needed anymore and begins an onslaught of bullying. It`s good that you have a spare cage at the ready so if in doubt at any stage, don`t hesitate to split them up. I wouldn`t be hasty right now though if they are happy enough. Play the rules for keeping a pair like only spot cleaning, don`t clean all the accessories at the same time, scatter some food about, try and have open spaces and nothing they can entrap each other inside.

Have a read though many of the Roborovski posts in their own section to get some useful feedback and what may have been asked before regarding pairs and separations. Watch their behaviours and interactions daily. Try if you can to have their cage in sight at all times. Aggression usually happens during the night, but not always. Constant chasing by one robo against the other that appears as if she is trying to grab her rear end/bite it, can mean trouble. If they are only having little paw fights and squabbles but nothing major, I would just keep an eye on them for any escalation. x
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Old 02-06-2016, 12:28 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for all the info. I will have a look at our posts regarding them.
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Old 02-06-2016, 12:35 PM   #4
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Hi Sally! I would say it depends on how old your robos are. Typically, at about 6 weeks of age they should be separated. If they can handle being in the same cage together without any problems, I would say they will be just fine! Make sure you do give both of them equal attention to! And not to many rearrangements which could stress them both out. Good Luck!
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Old 02-06-2016, 02:00 PM   #5
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I have 2 Robos but had to separate them after 3 months. One just wanted the other out. Weaver was very dominant and Pope is a shy little thing. I gave them a house with two openings so the doors wouldn't get blocked by one. The food bowl was large so they could both sit in it at the same time. The scattering food idea is a good idea, I wish I thought of that. They probably will have a little fall outs but if it happens too often and it gets bad then separate them. I'm glad they are good friends now though and I wish you luck x
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