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Old 01-12-2018, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default Hamster stays in cage a lot

I’ve had my hamster about a month and would consider him tame, doesn’t bite anymore, will sit with me etc. But recently he’s been wanting to stay in his cage, I’ll open the door and he doesn’t tend to run out like you’d expect. He doesn’t seem to be anxious or scared because he runs around and plays in the open, takes treats from me, comes over to me when I sit by his cage but like I say he doesn’t rush to actually come out and quite often he’ll walk himself back in the cage after playing with me. Is this okay? I suppose it shows that he likes his cage?? I worry he’s unhappy but if hamsters don’t like their cage for example would they run out, like if he didn’t want to be kept in it. Probably way over thinking things lol
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:26 AM   #2
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It seems like he is now a settled and confident hamster so he may prefer to choose when he wants to come out. Once settled they do tend to have a more distinct pattern of waking and sleeping times. Maybe try getting him out when you see he is up and alert?
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Old 01-17-2018, 04:07 AM   #3
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It sounds like your hammy has settled into his new home well and is enjoying his cage.
If there are plenty of fun and interesting things for them to do inside their cages it is normal for them to not want to come out to play every day.
I'm not sure whether you have a cage where you can just pick him up but as Souffle suggests still give him the option to come out when you see he has had time to wake up and looks nice and alert. If the door is not too high up you could set up a playpen around the cage every night with a small animal ramp to reach the floor so he can wander out to explore in his own time (do supervise of course as they can escape pens!), or even offer him a container or tunnel to hop into instead of your hands.

With my hamster I always offer him a tub of bathing sand for him to climb into and he associates this with outside playtime and getting treats! For some reason he doesn't like climbing onto my hands to come out although has no issues at all outside of the cage.

As long as he has a good size running wheel and other ways to get exercise he should be OK to choose his playtimes as he likes.
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Old 01-17-2018, 03:03 PM   #4
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Sounds like he is at home now with you and you have a low-maintenance calm hamster! Enjoy �� x
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