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Old 03-03-2016, 03:13 PM   #1
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My new ham dexter who is about 8 weeks has been letting me hold him and stroke him for past few days. Just got him on sunday. But he wont take food from me. Why as he must trust me slightly as hes ok when i touch or hold him hes still a bit jumpy and timid. But he seems to like me.
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Old 03-03-2016, 09:39 PM   #2
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It sounds to me as though Dexter is doing really well if you've only had him such a short time, he may still be too nervous to take food though so don't rush him, I'm sure he will when he's ready.
Some hams are more food orientated than others but if you can tame without depending on treats or food so much the better!
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Old 03-03-2016, 09:57 PM   #3
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Dexter's probably still checking you out, he does sound a bit nervous so don't rush him, let him settle in and continue encouraging him and praising him.
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:48 AM   #4
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Do u think it could be hes smelling my old hamster ted (who died a few weeks ago) on the tubs of food? I chucked out all teds basic mix and got new stuff for dex. But i srill have some tubs with pumpkin seeds, pine nuts and sunflower seeds which i had been using to treat and coax him to take food from me. Do u think he could smell ted of these?
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Old 03-04-2016, 02:31 AM   #5
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Unlikely unless you let Ted climb in the tubs & dig around in the food.
Much more likely to just be what's already been said, I would just let him get used to you in his own way & don't try to push food on him, each ham is different so let him show you what he likes & wants.
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:02 AM   #6
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Doesn't sound like you gave him much time to settle in? If you just got him and started petting him right away it could be too much too soon. I didn't know to give my hamsters a week to settle in when I got my first one as the pet stores don't usually tell people much of anything at all.
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:20 AM   #7
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I waited 3 days bfore i started to try and handle him and i took it very slowly. I have had other hams bfore so know its crucial to go slowly.
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Old 03-04-2016, 02:46 PM   #8
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Try different foods and treats. There is bound to be something he finds irresistible and takes from you or nibbles while you hold it.
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