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Old 10-13-2018, 02:51 PM   #1
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Default New hamster won't sleep!

I've just got my new hamster, I brought him home about 4:30pm, it's now nearly 11 pm and he hasn't slept at all, most of the time he's been running on his wheel. He only had a flying saucer wheel that was too small before.

Is this normal?
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Old 10-13-2018, 04:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: New hamster won't sleep!

Yes, this is normal. When you first bring your ham home, they may be curious and want to smell or play with new objects.
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Old 10-13-2018, 06:47 PM   #3
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Default Re: New hamster won't sleep!

They are also nocturnal so he might just be the nocturnal version of an early bird.
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:41 PM   #4
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He's still up! How is he not tired! I don't even think he slept over night as I got up a few times to check him and he was on his wheel every time, I'm wondering if he is just happy to have a wheel he can run on?

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Old 10-14-2018, 12:22 AM   #5
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He's just tried to sleep wedged up in the air between his wheel and the bars, I've moved the wheel and put the Sputnik there so if he wants to be a monkey and sleep up high he can!
I've got a climbing bridge and hammock coming for him today so hopefully he'll like those
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Old 10-14-2018, 04:33 AM   #6
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Aw, that's adorable!
Hamper sleeps up high too!
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Old 10-14-2018, 10:18 AM   #7
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Default Re: New hamster won't sleep!

He'll need a couple of weeks to really settle in He should have made himself a nest by tomorrow and scent marked his cage. So best not to disturb things or clean anything the first two weeks. Apart from spot cleaning the pee corner after a week maybe!
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Old 10-14-2018, 01:13 PM   #8
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He'll need a couple of weeks to really settle in He should have made himself a nest by tomorrow and scent marked his cage. So best not to disturb things or clean anything the first two weeks. Apart from spot cleaning the pee corner after a week maybe!
He's slept a bit today and made a hoard but he's awake again! He loves his wheel! I'm going to leave him alone for a few days before I try to start any taming and let him settle
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