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Old 02-14-2020, 12:38 AM   #1
junebuggie
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Default Discourage chewing on cage?

My Syrian Blondie has settled in well since I got her in November and I have very few problems with her anymore. My family helped me make a custom lid for her Detolf which consists of a plywood frame and a wood and mesh door that's soon to be attached with hinges (in the meantime I just have something sitting on the door to weigh it down).

Blondie tends to want to escape, which I know is pretty typical, and I try to give her some playpen time so she tires herself out. She's got a nice big wheel and plenty to chew on. And yet she insists on climbing up the walls to chew on the frame of her lid. I'm just worried she might damage it badly enough that we have to repair it, which would be a pretty big pain in the neck.

Is there any way I can discourage her from chewing on the sides and top of the cage? The first thing that comes to mind is the type of thing you'd do for a puppy (bitter apple spray, hot sauce, etc.) but I have no idea if that's safe for hamsters and I definitely wouldn't try it without confirmation. How do y'all get your hammies to stop chewing on wood they shouldn't chew?
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Old 02-14-2020, 11:32 AM   #2
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Hello!

I completely understand it is worrying. What are the measurements of her cage? To be honest, it may just be a case of her wanting to chew on that specific wood which is a bit of a problem haha. I wouldn't recommend putting something on the wood to stop her chewing it because this could be harmful but maybe make some DIY toys and place them in her cage. There are so many tutorials on YouTube if you just type in 'hamster treat toy'. This is so she can try and solve how to get the treat out of the toy and then have a reward at the end which would stimulate their mind and also give her something fun to do! It'll keep her busy for a little while. Another thing you could possibly do is put peanut butter on her wooden chews that are already in her cage which will make her want to chew those instead so she can have the peanut butter. Obviously give it to her in moderation because it's quite fatty though

I hope this helped and best of luck!
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Old 02-14-2020, 12:36 PM   #3
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Default Re: Discourage chewing on cage?

I would not use a bitter spray or hot sauce.. I'm guessing hot and spicy things are in the hot sauce - a most definite NO NO for a hamster. Can you put cardboard over the wood somehow? so she can chew on that instead? Is that a possibility?

Like Megoneill says what other things are in her cage, can you build on that to try and distract her. If like Megonelli suggests, you do use peanut butter, make sure it is 100% peanut butter, and you scrape most of it off. It's just so a slight smell/taste is left behind.
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