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Old 02-24-2018, 02:34 PM   #1
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hi all had my Russian dwarf hamster a couple of month moved from cage to a 4ft tank. she is doing the backstroke through here sea saw into shavings is this normal behavior
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Old 02-24-2018, 02:49 PM   #2
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Backstroke? Do you mean a Backflip?

I'd personally take her to see a vet and take the see-saw out.
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Old 02-24-2018, 10:41 PM   #3
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I'm not sure what you mean either tbh but if it is back flips then this can be a neurological behaviour that some show, a cage change may have stressed him & brought that behaviour on, if it continues he may need to see a vet but for now I would remove the see saw & make sure there's nothing he can hurt himself on if he keeps doing it.
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:12 AM   #4
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ive seen this on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTW-V_Z0yvQ

same behaviour as my hamster but mine goes into sea saw and turns on back and dose the back stroke out and through chippings in the tank.only done it for 1 day so far
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:32 AM   #5
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Have you removed the see saw?
It's hard to say whether this would be a neurological problem or whether the hamster is just falling onto it's back & struggling to get back up again.
The most important thing is to remove the see saw if you haven't already, if he continues to do it elsewhere in the cage then it would be worth getting your ham checked by your vet.
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Old 02-26-2018, 03:50 AM   #6
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yes i have removed the sea saw and hasnt done it since that day thanks
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:52 AM   #7
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That's good, it sounds as though he was just falling & having difficulty getting up again then.
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Old 03-02-2018, 05:31 AM   #8
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yes thank you very much for all your hel
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Old 08-11-2018, 01:53 AM   #9
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I have a Russian dwarf female, Daisy. I've had her and her sister, Poppy, for about 2 years. In the last few months Daisys fur has started to look dull and "greasy" and her front legs have no fur on them at all and look red raw & shes very thin. She also looks to me as though she is hunched over and has difficulty walking. Poppy however is in excellent condition, she has "meat on her bones" her fur is shiny, the complete opposite to daisy. I keep them in separate identical enclosures, they have always had the same of everything. Does anyone know what might be wrong with Daisy?
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:45 AM   #10
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Daisy & Poppy are quite a good age now if you've had them for two years, some fur loss & weight loss is normal with old age but it does sound as though it's more than just age with Daisy & she is unwell & probably in pain, it's hard to guess what the problem might be but I would get her seen by a vet as soon as you can.
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