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Old 04-05-2018, 08:37 AM   #1
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Default Hamster Doesn't Like These Toys in His Cage?

I've noticed that my hamster only plays with certain toys like tubes and boxes outside of his cage. When I try to put them in his cage, he ignores them. He has a 2 ft. x 3 ft. cage, so it's big enough for these toys. He just doesn't seem interested. He does play with chew toys and homemade puzzle toys in his cage. Should I stop trying to put tubes and boxes in his cage?
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:53 AM   #2
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Default Re: Hamster Doesn't Like These Toys in His Cage?

If he doesn't use them in the cage, then take them out and only use them in the playpen. It will only take up unecessary space if its kept in the cage.
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:21 AM   #3
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Default Re: Hamster Doesn't Like These Toys in His Cage?

I agree, if your ham doesn't make use of something in the cage there's not much point having it there, see if you can find other things he enjoys to make better use of the space.
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Old 04-05-2018, 09:41 AM   #4
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Actually I think it's quite normal. Our Syrians have never been that interested in any toys in the cage unless they have food stuck to them But they still like to know they're there and can get a bit upset if something disappears. If you're taking them in and out for out of cage time that might cause some upset too. I'd leave them there but add something new. They soon get bored and a new chew stick or toy would add some interest.

Their cage is their territory whereas outside the cage they tend to be less territorial and take more interest in things. They really only like hidey places and tunnels anyway Or food. An example is the cardboard hay house. Our last Syrian Charlie would sit for a good half hour inside it chewing it to bits. But if you put it in the cage he ignored it - because he had other more important things to do in his cage! His routine, his nest, his hoards and his busying about at night.

To add some interest you could make a food parcel out of a toilet roll and put some pumpkin seeds inside (Erin's Hamsters 10 toilet roll toys video shows how). I also like the hyacinth balls - again it will just sit there and be ignored, but if you stick pumpkin seeds under the folds of hyacinth weave they will enjoy trying to get them out!

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The thing they like most in the cage is lots of substrate, somewhere to sit (on or under a shelf), tunnels to run through (I like the large cork ones as they are an interesting texture, don't sink in the substrate and good for climbing over).
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Old 04-05-2018, 02:15 PM   #5
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Default Re: Hamster Doesn't Like These Toys in His Cage?

My hamster is like this! He gets irritated with toys in his cage and becomes stressed. At the moment, he has his wheel, his sleeping nest, his hidey coconut and that's all. He's happiest with this set up. And a sort of pod that he sits in on the higher level of his cage.Tubes, toys etc make him agitated and nervous. Although that's just his personality of course, some hams love all that kind of thing.
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Old 04-05-2018, 05:24 PM   #6
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Thank you! I'm glad to know this normal And I like the idea of putting seeds in the hyacinth balls. I've wanted to try them, but I knew he wouldn't play with them much. I've been making him homemade puzzle toys like Eric's Hamsters suggests on YouTube. He seems to like store-bought chew toys too.
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Old 04-05-2018, 05:59 PM   #7
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Neither of our Syrians have played with anything much in their cage - they like places to go and things to do in their cages, and places to sit and stuff around them - and generally hate anything being moved or taken away but quite like new things being added. I think out of cage time is important for interaction and exercise and playing
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:39 PM   #8
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I think out of cage time is important for interaction and exercise and playing
Me too! But I've also noticed that since moving to a larger cage about 6 months ago, he's been less excited about coming out of his cage. I usually open the door and let him decide when he wants to come out, and half the time he'll just stick his head out the door and then go back to whatever he was doing.
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