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Old 07-11-2018, 07:27 AM   #11
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You may want to consider a different (and cheaper) type of cage. Try looking at the barney and Alaska cages and also have a read at our cage review section.
Oh amazing! We'll order the Alaska cage! It looks massive and is surprisingly cheap!

Edit: although the Barney seems to be better in the long run. D:

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Old 07-11-2018, 10:14 AM   #12
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Just a small point though. I wouldn't rush the change over because with baby hamsters you need to take care that they feel secure and settle while you tame them. This is much easier done from a smaller cage like you have. Remove the tubes and start careful taming. One you get the new set up he should firstly have playtime for short spells in it and then back to the smaller cage to sleep. You can move some of the familiar items when he moves over completely. Try and not fret over the cage size for now. He is a baby hamster and needs calmness and routine before a move to a large cage which can be stressful and overwhelming for a baby
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:53 AM   #13
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Just a small point though. I wouldn't rush the change over because with baby hamsters you need to take care that they feel secure and settle while you tame them. This is much easier done from a smaller cage like you have. Remove the tubes and start careful taming. One you get the new set up he should firstly have playtime for short spells in it and then back to the smaller cage to sleep. You can move some of the familiar items when he moves over completely. Try and not fret over the cage size for now. He is a baby hamster and needs calmness and routine before a move to a large cage which can be stressful and overwhelming for a baby
Oh ok! Should I wait a couple months then, rather than next month, before I get a new cage?

Also, sorry to ask again; but why should I remove the level from the cage? His food and water bottle are up there and I don't want to stress him too much, since I'm already removing the tubes? Am I in the wrong?
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:10 AM   #14
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Everyone will have different thoughts on this one but if it were me I would leave it in and I would use that as the place I want him to nest. I'd rip up loo roll and take the stuff from the tube and put it under the shelf. He may sulk for a few days without his tubes but he will be OK. I don't think there is room for a box in there so I'd personally leave that for now. Give him some loo roll tubes to trash. Watch out on the size of the wheel and that it is still big enough as he grows. It looks OK for a young syrian at the moment. I'd order the cage and get it set up when you are able to have the money for it.
Keep the other cage as a clean out cage I'd say and work hard on the taming so he feels secure and ready for the move when he has a new set up.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:12 AM   #15
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I wouldn't wait for a couple of months. A month is a lot of time in general when it comes to taming.
Hamsters are ground dwellers. So having levels does them no added bonus. Sure it looks pretty, but to a hamster it's not much function. It's best to have everything on the same level, so food, wheel, house etc. Moreover it's best if you fill the base of the cage completely with substrate (the entire depth of the base). He's going to love burrowing into it. So that barely leaves room anyway for the extra level, and make the space below the level quite humid quickly on a warm day.
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Old 07-11-2018, 11:34 AM   #16
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Everyone will have different thoughts on this one but if it were me I would leave it in and I would use that as the place I want him to nest. I'd rip up loo roll and take the stuff from the tube and put it under the shelf. He may sulk for a few days without his tubes but he will be OK. I don't think there is room for a box in there so I'd personally leave that for now. Give him some loo roll tubes to trash. Watch out on the size of the wheel and that it is still big enough as he grows. It looks OK for a young syrian at the moment. I'd order the cage and get it set up when you are able to have the money for it.
Keep the other cage as a clean out cage I'd say and work hard on the taming so he feels secure and ready for the move when he has a new set up.
Right ok. I'll leave the level in for now then. I'll have a look at the box anyway when he gets up. If it fits, then I'll keep it in. Maybe push it so it's flush into the corner? The loo paper I have at the moment is slightly scented. I'm going to assume I cannot use that?
As for taming, I put the cage on the floor between my legs and open the door, letting him run round on the carpet between my legs and my hands. He's got used to me stroking him a little and his temperament is definitely very relaxed at the moment. Haven't been bitten or hissed at or anything.

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I wouldn't wait for a couple of months. A month is a lot of time in general when it comes to taming.
Hamsters are ground dwellers. So having levels does them no added bonus. Sure it looks pretty, but to a hamster it's not much function. It's best to have everything on the same level, so food, wheel, house etc. Moreover it's best if you fill the base of the cage completely with substrate (the entire depth of the base). He's going to love burrowing into it. So that barely leaves room anyway for the extra level, and make the space below the level quite humid quickly on a warm day.
The only concern I have about having everything on the same level is the lack of space. Since it's still a relatively small cage, I'm concerned about not having a lot of ground space to move around in. At least with the second level I can put some food or treats up there, or keep the water bottle there at least? Sorry if I'm being difficult....
There's a lot of conflicting information I'm getting and I just wanna have a happy hamster (although he's already pretty happy and content!)
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:33 PM   #17
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Ok got rid of the tubes. He's now falling asleep in his wheel...
I feel a bit terrible

Edit: now they've fallen asleep out in the open. He went into the box for a split second and then left.

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Old 07-11-2018, 10:05 PM   #18
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Try not to worry, just give him some time to adjust to the change, give him a nice big pile of shredded plain white toilet tissue (if you didn't already) so he can make a nest with that if he wants to but otherwise I would just leave things as they are & give him time to settle in again.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:14 AM   #19
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He will be fine. It's plenty warm enough just now. I said he would sulk LOL. In the long term though you would feel a lot worse if he had to see the vets because he had a chest or skin infection from sleeping in a damp tube! Give him time and he will soon make a nest in a place of his choice
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:03 AM   #20
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Try not to worry, just give him some time to adjust to the change, give him a nice big pile of shredded plain white toilet tissue (if you didn't already) so he can make a nest with that if he wants to but otherwise I would just leave things as they are & give him time to settle in again.
I did this after finding out our toilet roll isn't scented! He seemed happy with it and has bundles himself.in his box.
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