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Old 09-16-2020, 12:56 AM   #11
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Default Re: Syrian suddenly more aggressive, and I may have lost her trust?

Ok, IDK if this is necessarily related to Dio's behavioural issues but yesterday she moved her nesting material and food storage to her 'sand cage' and she was trying to sleep there. Is this normal or should I be worried? Also, would it be ok for me to put in a proper hide for her (there's one there but she can't really use it as a den area) or should I stick to leaving her alone?
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Old 09-16-2020, 02:09 AM   #12
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Default Re: Syrian suddenly more aggressive, and I may have lost her trust?

It can be related to you cleaning her cage, hot weather and she is looking for somewhere cooler or some hamsters just like to build their nest in the sand bath. I think I would just leave her alone and see what happens. Did she move out of a house/hide? If so you could maybe put some new food and bedding back in her house/hide to see if it will entice her back.
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Old 09-16-2020, 03:48 AM   #13
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Default Re: Syrian suddenly more aggressive, and I may have lost her trust?

What Luna said She may have moved her nest because she wasn't quite settled and the cage was disturbed with the spot cleaning. I think that is the most likely thing - although they look for somewhere cooler when it's hot they tend to just lie there rather than taking their nest and hoard with them. Although her behaviour in that respect may be a bit different because there are two separate, connected, bins. I personally don't feel two connected cages works very well and they do much better with one larger area than two connected ones. It helps them have normal behaviours so they have everything in one area and the cage is like their habitat.

But agree, leave her alone for now and see what she does. I wouldn't do anything in the cage at all just yet as she got so freaked recently. Except put food and water out. She will go back to the main cage for the food and water. You could perhaps put a bit of cucumber inside her old house to see if that tempts her to move back into it, but she's more likely to just eat the cucumber and go back to her new nest.

She needs that two weeks. Then think about how to adapt things a bit. Although if you "spot clean" the sand bin a bit that might make her move back again! But I'd leave it a couple of days before attempting that.
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Old 09-17-2020, 03:22 AM   #14
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I would complete leave her alone apart from food and water, go about your usual business in her room but don’t interfere with her. Let her put her bed where she wants, it won’t do her any harm, neither will not cleaning for 2 weeks. Once the two weeks is up don’t go crazy cleaning, just do one thing, the pee place perhaps, but not the poo. Definitely don’t wash anything, if in this two weeks she is a bit smelly you will just need to put up with it
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