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Old 04-01-2021, 10:53 AM   #1
Jrmarine42
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Default My new little girl is making me nervous...

I finally found the little girl I've been wanting at petco last Friday. She's beautiful and perfect and I've made she to provide everything I can think of for her to flourish. She's got lots of floor space, hideouts, a bath, plenty of substrate and bedding and even some coconut fiber the enjoy however she wants to. A wheel and chew toys and of course food and water. I'm worried about her behavior. She seems terrified still, hasn't used her wheel one time, doesn't leave the one hideout except to eat and drink and then she hides again....my other 2 robos didn't do this. Is it normal? She is housed alone and I don't want to get a fourth robo just so she has a friend if I don't need to. Any ideas?
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Old 04-04-2021, 05:03 AM   #2
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Hello!

The first thing I would suggest is do not get her a companion. If she’s been on her own she can’t be bonded with another hamster and that would only result in fighting.
If you’ve had her for 2 days, her behaviour is normal although she clearly is on the shy side. Keep interactions to a minimum (except maybe gently speaking next to her cage), make sure she has the essentials and let her be. She will come out of her shell eventually, and the more you leave her be at first the sooner she will relax. That said, many hamsters from pet stores have not been brought up in ideal conditions and therefore shy away from humans. Not all will eventually relax and be friendly (of it takes forever...). It is something we must accept.
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Old 04-04-2021, 12:21 PM   #3
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Congratulations to your new hamster.

Your hamster behaves perfectly normal for a hamster who has just arrived and some may always behave a little bit like that.

Hamsters, like humans, have different personalities so it's no good comparing one to another or to expect the same character traits just because they belong to the same species.

You need to give your girl a couple of weeks at least to settle in first. She's arrived in new surroundings and hasn't even had a chance to get used to it yet. I'd leave her alone and just talk to her quietly for now.

Robos can be naturally shy and timid. My first Robo took three months to pluck up the courage to climb onto my hand to get a few seeds and that was as far as we got which was fine by me. It wasn't about me and what i wanted. It never is. It is about what the hamster feels comfortable with.

Some are more confident than others.

It would be very dangerous for a hamster to introduce another hamster. Hamsters don't need friends. They are solitary and territorial animals who do better on their own.

She probably comes out at night when you are asleep to use her wheel. You could put some substrate on top of the wheel and see if its gone in the morning.
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:29 PM   #4
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Congratulations to your new hamster.

Your hamster behaves perfectly normal for a hamster who has just arrived and some may always behave a little bit like that.

Hamsters, like humans, have different personalities so it's no good comparing one to another or to expect the same character traits just because they belong to the same species.

You need to give your girl a couple of weeks at least to settle in first. She's arrived in new surroundings and hasn't even had a chance to get used to it yet. I'd leave her alone and just talk to her quietly for now.

Robos can be naturally shy and timid. My first Robo took three months to pluck up the courage to climb onto my hand to get a few seeds and that was as far as we got which was fine by me. It wasn't about me and what i wanted. It never is. It is about what the hamster feels comfortable with.

Some are more confident than others.

It would be very dangerous for a hamster to introduce another hamster. Hamsters don't need friends. They are solitary and territorial animals who do better on their own.

She probably comes out at night when you are asleep to use her wheel. You could put some substrate on top of the wheel and see if its gone in the morning.
Thank you for the suggestion about putting the substrate on top of the wheel. That was a good idea.
I didn't actually have to do all of that... Presley is a bit shy but she's definitely coming around. I heard her on her wheel finally.
When I bought her she was housed with 3 other girls in a tiny little setup at petco... It really breaks my heart to see the way the pet stores house them but I can't save them all.
She's so beautiful and small compared to my boys but she's getting more acclimated to me and my room. Thank you both for your replies...
I have another question but I'll start a different thread if the answer isn't already here somewhere.
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