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Old 02-11-2017, 02:19 PM   #1
hazel and luna
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Question Is this normal

Hi I'm new to hamster central. ive owned previous Syrian hamsters in the past so I know what I'm doing when it comes to hamsters (generally), but I have never owned dwarf hamsters before.

yesterday I went out and brought two Russian dwarf hamsters (Hazel and Luna) from the RSPCA. When I went there most of the dwarf's were separated apart from these two as they said they were the only ones that didn't fight.

I took them both home in the traveling cage and they slept in a shared bed fine. in the evening however I noticed that hazel kept on squeaking at Luna, however I knew that was fine as I have done previous research I knew that they could have little tiffs.

however today I've noticed that they are doing it more often, and while the tiffs are short they have become a little bit physical like pushing each other over, they are not chasing each other or cornering each other and no blood has been drawn, if they pass each other they do it or if Luna climbs into hazels hideout.

they are in the zoo zone 2, so a large cage, they have two food bowls, lots and lots of toys, 1 flying saucer and 1 silent spinner and about 6 hideouts so its not like there having to share everything.

I was just wondering if this is normal, and is it any cause for concern? could it just be the new environment?

I would greatly appreciate any advice anyone has, thank you.

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Old 02-11-2017, 03:37 PM   #2
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It is extremely concerning.Any form of negative behavior,even just minor squeaking,is an indicator that a pair is just not getting along well enough.This is fairly common too,especially considering that it is not natural for hamsters to live in same sex pairs anyways!

It would be much better to just separate them into two good sized cages(between 80 cm x 50 cm and 100 cm x 50 cm) rather than assume they're fine together just because they haven't actually hurt each other yet.This behavior will still negatively impact the hamsters in question,so action must be taken for their welfare.

Make sure you've got a proper upright wheel for each cage once they're separated by the way,as flying saucers are not a replacement for an upright wheel.They don't allow for a natural running position,cause side arching,take up a ridiculous amount of space compared to a proper upright wheel,and are just an unnecessary toy
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Old 02-12-2017, 01:00 AM   #3
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It is very common for pairs to fall out & being to fight, the stress of a new home & a larger cage can both be factors that may trigger it although it will often happen anyway as they get a bit older & want their own space, pairs generally do better in smaller cages as they have less to become territorial over.
If they don't settle very quickly I would either move them to a smaller cage or preferably separate them before things escalate & serious injuries occur.
They live very happily alone & it is much more natural for them to live that way.
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:16 AM   #4
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thank you for your feed back! ive noticed today that they are getting along much better but I do have my alexander cage in the loft, if I hear anymore squeaking I will separate them. again thank you very much for your helpful advice
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