Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Navigation
Front Page
Forum
Gallery
Wiki

Ads by Google


Go Back   Hamster Central > >

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-31-2017, 01:38 PM   #1
Goldenstar
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Scotland, UK
Posts: 36
Default Biting the bottle

I don't know why but my hamster has stopped the biting the bars (hopefully for good) and has now started to bite the silver bit of her bottle.

Does this mean something or is my hamster just being a numpty?
Goldenstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2017, 01:55 PM   #2
Drago
The Hamtologist
 
Drago's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Southern United States
Posts: 2,861
Default Re: Biting the bottle

Have you checked to see if water is still coming out? My hamsters have chewed the bottle spout when there's been no water left or when it isn't quite coming out. If the water is full and flowing fine, it's probably just an obsessive behavior. Try distracting them with food chews like whimzees
__________________
Syrian hamster care guide
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...it?usp=sharing
Drago is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2017, 02:06 PM   #3
ChocoMintAnswersSincere
Hamster Pup
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 128
Question Re: Biting the bottle

What are whimzees?
ChocoMintAnswersSincere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2017, 02:14 PM   #4
AprilPearl
Hamster Hugger
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: London
Posts: 2,266
Default Re: Biting the bottle

Sometimes mine have chewed the spout of the bottle for a few seconds, moving from the end nearest the plastic bottle downwards, seemingly while trying to locate the end (numpties, as you say!) but then stop once they find it and start to drink. If your hams is doing this, I’d say it is normal.

But, if they are chewing continuously on the spout for long periods of time it could be an obsessive behaviour or the bottle may be blocked in some way.

Providing other things to chew, such as whimzees (dog chews which are hamster safe) is a good idea. If the bottle chewing does not stop and you are really concerned, you could try replacing the bottle with a water bowl.
__________________
Mum to Quigley

Over the Rainbow:
Alfie, Kevin, Pip, Jordy, Scamp, Sooty, Mushu
AprilPearl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2017, 10:33 PM   #5
cypher
Dwarf whisperer
 
cypher's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Wales UK
Posts: 23,318
Default Re: Biting the bottle

First make sure the bottle is working & if it is & she still chews it take it out & give her a bowl for a while, chewing the bottle can quickly become a habit & they can take in too much water so best to put a stop to it as soon as you can.

ChocoMintAnswersSincere whimzees are dog chews much loved by hamsters!
__________________
Slave to Míriel.
Always loved, never forgotten, forever in my heart
T'ycor, Ziggy, Zephyr, Flynt, Mickle, Little Whisp, Zen, Zeki, Tinwë & Zylvan
cypher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2017, 12:05 AM   #6
Goldenstar
Newborn Pup
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Scotland, UK
Posts: 36
Default Re: Biting the bottle

The water bottle is working fine, I should have said that. I moved the bottle to the other end of the cage which has stopped her from biting it. I've tried a bowl with her before and don't think she was very keen on it.
Goldenstar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2017, 01:56 AM   #7
Ruth Edwards
Senior Hamster
 
Ruth Edwards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Petersfield Hampshire England
Posts: 484
Default Re: Biting the bottle

The smallest whimzee I've seen is a little toothbrush which appear s in several of the pictures you'll see on hamster central. Daisy likes hers and I'm going to get one for cotton
Ruth Edwards is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2017, 02:07 AM   #8
AmityvilleHams
PM Fluffy for custom title
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 3,647
Default Re: Biting the bottle

They come in many different shapes including the toothbrushes.Of course,different shapes have different benefits,for example there are small stick shaped Whimzees which could be less intimidating than the larger Whimzees for some hamsters.The toothbrush Whimzees are great for hiding food on,particularly smaller seeds.Alligator Whimzees tend to be very long lasting though,and while I didn't personally try a hedgehog Whimzee they're larger than the alligator Whimzees so as a result would most likely be even more long lasting

I don't think the veggie sausage or veggie strip Whimzees would be hamster safe though(I'm almost certain both contain tomato and clove in some form),but they are highly dog approved by an incredibly picky dog.Whimzees rice bones are also hamster safe,but these may not be appreciated due to the very large size!
AmityvilleHams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2017, 02:11 AM   #9
AprilPearl
Hamster Hugger
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: London
Posts: 2,266
Default Re: Biting the bottle

The smallest stick whimzees seem to be Quigley’s favourite shape so far. He also seems to have chewed the most of his yellow one, so maybe different colours have different flavours. I think they do actually, because they do have different ingredients.
__________________
Mum to Quigley

Over the Rainbow:
Alfie, Kevin, Pip, Jordy, Scamp, Sooty, Mushu
AprilPearl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2017, 02:28 AM   #10
BethandLil
Senior Hamster
 
BethandLil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: London
Posts: 462
Default Re: Biting the bottle

I catch Lil occasionally doing the same.
I give her so many alternative items to chew - whimzees, loofahs, woodchews, etc - which she loves, but does occasionally nibble her cage bars and bottle spout.

I just keep an eye on the bottle to check it still works and have a second backup bottle attached at all times.
__________________
BethandLil is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bit, biting, bottle, hamster, silver

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Parts of this site powered by vBulletin Mods & Addons from DragonByte Technologies Ltd. (Details)
Copyright © 2003-17, Hobby Solutions Inc.
All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:00 PM.