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Old 06-10-2019, 06:49 AM   #1
Muffintop4
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Default Newbie needing advice

I got my Male hamster around 5 weeks ago, and my prohress with him seems very up and down.
As time passes he seems to become more skittish and will only venture out if I talk to him when he pokes hid head out. Otherwise he runs back to his nest until me and my partner leave the room. When I first got him he was happy to roam around.
I also started on bathtub bonding, having only done 3 sessions over a week so far and he will sniff and climb my legs before deciding he's had enough and hiding in the house I take in there or attempting to climb the sides. He also wont take food or treats when in the tub as he's too preoccupied sniffing about.
Im wondering what else I can do and if anyone else has some further advicr for me on how I can make him more comfortable. This is my first ever hamster so any advice will be a huge help. Thanks in advance
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:18 AM   #2
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Sorry i forgot to mention. He is a male syrian hamster
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Old 06-10-2019, 11:42 AM   #3
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What kind of hamster is he/she? That will help a lot
Oops sorry I just noticed you answered that already

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Old 06-10-2019, 11:50 AM   #4
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What kind of hamster is he/she? That will help a lot
Sorry I added this on after. He is a syrian and he is around 12 weeks old
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:53 AM   #5
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Default Re: Newbie needing advice

My best advice would be to just give him time. With both my hamsters, even if they seemed pretty tame within a few weeks, their progress would fluctuate, and both took about 6 months to completely trust me and to get to the point where there were no changes in their behavior.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:27 AM   #6
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Default Re: Newbie needing advice

It sounds like you're doing the right things. I would say just take things at his pace, don't push him too hard if he seems to be going backwards. And if he's not interested in treats, you may just not have found the right treat? Try something special like a bit of cheese or fresh fruit and see if that gets his attention. Food really is the best way to encourage them to come to your hands.

If he's shy in his cage you could possibly give him more hides, more bedding to burrow into or more cover (hammocks, shelves etc) so he feels less exposed? If you post a pic of your setup we can probably help more there.
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