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Old 08-10-2017, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default Compulsve chewing?

Tiki is driving me crazy every night. She is biting her ceramic water bowl, and it can go in for hours. It's not that loud, but it can't be good for her in the long run.
Is there anything to do about it?
And is there anything i should be aware og with this behaviour?
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:35 PM   #2
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You could remove the bowl and scatter feed her. That would keep her busy collecting the food.
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:44 PM   #3
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The water bowl?
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:47 PM   #4
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Sorry I miss read. Don't remove the water bowl unless your hamster has a water bottle.
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:49 PM   #5
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I wonder if it is like bar chewing. Distraction may help and also making sure her wheel is working. Chewing things like bars, bowls can be a sign something is wrong in their environment. It could also be attention seeking.
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Old 08-26-2017, 04:41 PM   #6
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She is driving me crazy! She has every possible chew toy, working wheel, 10 cm substrate(if not more), sand, multiple hide aways, cardboard tubes, even an egg box with holes and substrate. She is also mainly scatter fed, and gets cardboard boxed treats regularly.
How can she be bored?
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Old 08-26-2017, 10:39 PM   #7
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What happens if she has a bottle, does she chew that too?
Maybe try a different bowl see if that makes a difference?
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:33 PM   #8
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She has never really had a bottle, and I would prefer to keep it that way, but I might have to try it soon.
I switched her bowls around last night, and she still went for the water bowl. I will try switching the contents today.
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Old 08-27-2017, 12:11 AM   #9
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I much prefer water bowls too & so do my hams but ultimately you have to do what works & you need to break the habit, it can't be good for her teeth I wouldn't imagine.
I would switch to a bottle & see how she gets on, if she's ok with that then I would stick with the bottle for a while then maybe try both & if she doesn't resume chewing then you could take the bottle out.
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