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Old 09-29-2020, 10:00 PM   #1
Tara Moss
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Dear Hamster Central,

Thank you so much for your kind responses to my introduction post. We now have our little hamster, Valka, who is a Syrian. We've had her just four days and our first day didn't go as planned, as she was very keen to meet and jumped out of her cup and sat with my daughter. Which was lovely!

Now it is day 4 and she mostly sleeps until about midnight and so we aren't seeing much of her since this first encounter. Is this common for new hamsters, and if so, is it something that might gradually change or is it something one tries to 'tame' or change? In general we know not to wake a hamster, but also we know some people like to try to establish routines. Is there anything we should look out for at this early stage?

Thank you!

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Old 09-29-2020, 10:04 PM   #2
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Dear Hamster Central,

Thank you so much for your kind responses to my introduction post. We now have our little hamster, Valka, who is a Syrian. We've had her just four days and our first day didn't go as planned, as she was very keen to meet and jumped out of her cup and sat with my daughter. Which was lovely!
Here she is that first morning! She ate basil from my daughter's hand, which was unexpected and unplanned (we were going to put it in the enclosure).
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Old 09-30-2020, 01:57 AM   #3
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She looks adorable, lovely ham!
4 days is still very early for her to be settling in so I would give her a while, at least a week before disturbing her at all.
She will probably start to come out earlier as she settles in or depending what time you wake up you might even find her still out & about when you get up.
Even though she was so brave the first day I would still go slow with her, spend lots of time just gently talking to her even when she’s in her nest so she gets used to your voice & just being around the cage.
Once she’s had more time to settle in you could try very gently rustling the substrate close to her house then leave her a nice treat or some fresh veg so she can associate the sound of you being around with some nice tasty reward. If she does come out then try offering a treat through the bars then move on from there.
Don’t do any cleaning for the first couple of weeks, after that if you find where she pees then just spot clean the pee, you shouldn’t need to do more than that for some time.
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Old 09-30-2020, 08:33 AM   #4
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She looks adorable, lovely ham!
4 days is still very early for her to be settling in so I would give her a while, at least a week before disturbing her at all.
She will probably start to come out earlier as she settles in or depending what time you wake up you might even find her still out & about when you get up.
Even though she was so brave the first day I would still go slow with her, spend lots of time just gently talking to her even when she’s in her nest so she gets used to your voice & just being around the cage.
Once she’s had more time to settle in you could try very gently rustling the substrate close to her house then leave her a nice treat or some fresh veg so she can associate the sound of you being around with some nice tasty reward. If she does come out then try offering a treat through the bars then move on from there.
Don’t do any cleaning for the first couple of weeks, after that if you find where she pees then just spot clean the pee, you shouldn’t need to do more than that for some time.
Great advice. Thank you so much! We were so surprised the first day but we will give her time and see how she progresses. Isn't she a beaut?
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Old 09-30-2020, 08:42 AM   #5
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Isn't she a beaut?
She's a gorgeous looking hamster girl! Congratulations to your new family member.
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Old 09-30-2020, 02:49 PM   #6
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Such a lovely photo of your Valka, look forward to hearing more about your little Hammy
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