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Old 06-12-2018, 05:28 PM   #1
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Question Stressed or Excited?

When I let my hamster out of his cage to explore/play in a safe area, how do I tell if he is excited or stressed? I set him up with about four square feet of open space with a bunch of toys he is familiar with and place little food:treats throughout. He seems a little frantic/stressed when he starts, but after about ten minutes he seems to calm down (stops and grooms himself occasionally, shows interest in the toys and food, etc). How can I tell the difference between if he is excited or stressed?
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:19 AM   #2
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Default Re: Stressed or Excited?

As long as he seems curious and happy to move around sniffing and climbing on things I don't think you need worry about stress. If he appears panicky and tries to hide under things or rolls over then obviously you need to return him to his cage to calm down.
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Old 06-19-2018, 12:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: Stressed or Excited?

I think the fact that he calms down after a while means he's fine. Random question, but do you take him out or let him out of his cage? Hamsters have a way of letting you know when they want to come out. Mine will come up to the door and sometimes run out himself, or will climb into my hand when he wants to be let out. But if he wants to stay in his cage, he'll avoid me, or even climb back inside if I take him out. If I'm cleaning his cage and can't let him back in, he'll get stressed and run around frantically. It could be that you're letting him out when he doesn't feel like it? I don't know for sure if that's the case, though. You kind of just have to get to know your hamster to figure that out.
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