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Old 03-06-2016, 04:10 AM   #1
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My new ham dex seems to get up later every night so we struggle to stay up so i can take him out to handle and play with him so he can get used to me. We are early bedders as my husband gets up really early for work. Should i take the top off the cage off to coax him out gently or will this distress him. Hes already let me stroke and hold him.
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Old 03-06-2016, 04:18 AM   #2
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It's ok to wake them at a certain time each evening, as a routine, when putting food out (the RSPCA suggest doing this when the hamster is a child's pet). So say 7pm or 8pm - make a bit of noise putting the food out and changing the water, then you can tempt him out in a tube with a bit of food at the far end if he doesn't volunteer to come out!

We do that. Charlie used to walk into the tube and I'd lift him out in it, with my hands over either end, onto the sofa (although he is tame so he's ok on the sofa but I still block the front off with a blanket). If yours isn't tame enough to handle without leaping in the air or trying to run away, then you could handle him in the bathtub as part of taming. To do that I used to either put Charlie's ball in the cage and let him hop into that - or use the tube with the treat and put the far end of the tube in the ball so he just walks into the ball. Then pop the lid on the ball and carefully carry him to the dry bathtub in the ball. You can have a tube or a couple of toys in the bathtub so he can go undercover

Ours is now in the habit of coming out around 8pm each evening now, but I still need to wake him with the noisy feeding regime! Sometimes he will just go to sleep when he's out lol! Under something. Sometimes he's quite active and wants to run away so then I put him back. Other times he'll happily sit and nibble at some food treat or sit on you for a stroke - depends what mood he is in!

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Old 03-06-2016, 04:25 AM   #3
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Default Re: Should i take lid off

I used to have to wake May in the early days as I'd never have seen her otherwise but after a while she got used to it and eventually she'd end up waiting for me to get her out for her playtime. Usually James is awake at about 7-7:30 for his playtime but sometimes he doesn't actually want to play, he just wants to come out for a hug.
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Old 03-06-2016, 04:27 AM   #4
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Default Re: Should i take lid off

We do all that but he just does not come out for food or noise. So i meant could i take the actual top of cage of so we could coax him out of his bed. I just dont want to frighten him.
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Sometimes they don't want to come out, so coaxing them out is a good idea. I find a treat in the end of a tube, and put the tube over the house door, works ok. If he doesn't take that bait, you could lift up his house and lift him out, although if he's not tame yet that's not the best way. If you take the top of the cage it might make no difference if he stays in his house, and it's a bit of a risk for escaping when you're not looking.

Trying putting cucumber in the end of a kitchen roll inner tube and put the end without the food right over the entrance of his door
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Old 03-06-2016, 05:31 AM   #6
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Hes not in a house hes in an open nest under a shelf. He also has a small wooden bridge in front of nest. I originally put it in as i thought he would put nest in it but no.
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Old 03-06-2016, 07:52 AM   #7
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Aha - so it's difficult to find the entrance then. I guess you could poke the tube into his nest a bit
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Old 03-06-2016, 09:57 AM   #8
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His nest is under a big shelf so i would be going in blind and i dont fancy getting bitten
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Is he a bit aggressive then?
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Old 03-07-2016, 03:48 AM   #10
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No not at all hes very timid and gentle.
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