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Old 11-08-2019, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default Roborovski hamster isn't very active

I adopted a Roborovski hamster 9 days ago. She seems very healthy and is becoming more tame. However, she isn't as active as I was led to believe a Robo should be. She spends her time sleeping, sitting in one corner and running on the wheel (which is quite active of course, but she doesn't explore the rest of her cage much). She doesn't dig at all, despite having enough bedding to do so. She doesn't chew apart from occasionally biting a pumice stone. She's had paper and tissues in her tank since the day I got her, still completely untouched. I know it's still early days, but is this all normal?

She's in one of those tanks with glass shelves at the moment, which doesn't seem to be working for her. She seems very nervous of the top shelf. I think this may possibly explain some of the inactivity. She's going to be upgraded to a Marrakesh terrarium next week. I'm hoping a larger tank all on one level will help her, but I'd appreciate any advice.
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Old 11-09-2019, 04:48 AM   #2
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Default Re: Roborovski hamster isn't very active

I rarely see my Robo during the day and he gets up around midnight or even later meaning that he is most active when i'm asleep. That is normal though.

Do you expect your Robo to be active during the day or do you stay up during the night and watch her?

The new tank should make a difference and she should be much happier in there. I know the tank with the shelves you have now which i personally don't consider to be a suitable and safe habitat for a Robo. I can't see how they would manage to climb onto these glass shelves and why they would want to. Make sure that everything she needs is on ground level within easy reach. House, food, water, wheel and toys.

She may start to burrow when she's living on one floor level but saying that, one of my hamsters never burrows and never has. He perches on little shelves like a parrot. Hamsters have their likes and dislikes just like humans and don't always do what humans expect them to.

As long as she's healthy i wouldn't worry.
Wait and see what happens when she gets her new tank. The Marrakesh. Lucky girl!
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:14 AM   #3
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Default Re: Roborovski hamster isn't very active

She sleeps in the day of course but I watch her for a few hours each night and isn't very active then either.

I realise now that her tank isn't suitable for her at all (I'm going to get rid of it because it didn't work for my gerbils either). The bedding is high enough that she couldn't hurt herself by falling, but she definitely prefers being on the ground.
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