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Old 04-17-2016, 08:37 AM   #11
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I would imagine the cage probably is the problem then, if you can put him in something on one level so he has plenty of floor space, lots of deep substrate to dig in & try scatter feeding to keep him busy rather than just using a bowl you might find he does better.
Hams can chew through plastic bases but I would think it pretty unlikely if he has plenty of other things to keep him occupied.
If he continues as he is he'll damage his teeth so it may well worth taking that risk, keeping an eye on him of course!
Is his wheel big enough? If not or if it doesn't spin well that might be another reason for his frustration, just a thought.
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:48 AM   #12
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Looks like he might have a mini SS wheel in the Critter cage, another good reason to upgrade if you can as the dwarves need a 6.5 in SS wheel. Sterling will be much happier!

I have a ham in a Critter cage too & I don't like it at all! Thinking of upgrading her soon but she's older so it's complicated
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:08 AM   #13
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Thanks cypher! ^^ His wheel is plenty big and spins quite freely, he loves to run in it whenever he can. I keep his bedding deep and he loves to create lots of little hoarded with the toys, but he never chews on them. I'll see about switching sterling into Cujos bigger cage and see what he does. I'll also give him Tiggs old bigger igloo, he will have access to multiple wheels, three igloos, and I will defiantly try scatter feeding him.

Cinnamon bear, yes he has the wheel that came with the critter trail, it's plenty big and spins really really well. He won't use the silent spinner because it won't spin for him but he uses it to bathe and snooze in. He also just likes sitting and chilling in it. He will be getting Cujos large silent spinner that works like a dream, and I have two critter trail wheels. I don't know if all that will fix his chewing, or if anyone knows of a 'magical treat' that no ham can resist lol I'm gonna try getting a peanut unsalted and break it in half and give him it. He needs something to engage him and I'm having a hard time figure out how do that
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:16 AM   #14
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My extremely active and chewtastic syrian Kashi loves to chew cardboard loo roll tubes with treats inside. I fold three tubes and stuff them with treats and slide them into another tube.

She also loves hanging treats. Hope you find things to occupy him and that he enjoys his cage upgrade.
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:11 AM   #15
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Going to the store today for a haul for Sterling, some stuff for the chinchilla, and possibly getting a robo dwarf. All of cujos stuff(cleaned appropriately) will be going into Sterlings cage. He's gonna have like 3 igloos, 2 wheels, treats and chews and toys galore, I hope he enjoys them. We will also be getting him a ball, I have figured out how to keep them inside unless I take them out so I can put them in the ball and not worry so much. That way he can roam the house and halls freely with Ryan or I following him and we also wouldn't have to worry about the cats.

For those of you who follow me regularly, I will be posting personal updates on Cujo's Thread. For those of you who don't want to bounce from thread to thread, I will give a summation here. I have developed acute bronchitis and am quite sick atm. Ryan has been caring for the hams, he's a wonderful fluff dad and does a great job.
I have also gotten a job at a store called Target, so I will be back to work soon!!! Yay!!

I may also be getting at least 2 guinea pigs with large cages as a late birthday present. I have been hankering for guinea pigs for a while, and done lots of reading up on them and think they would be a perfect fit. Ryan and I have also crunched the numbers, and are financially stable enough for all toys, treats. Food, cage costs and vet bills. So...hopefully soon.
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:31 AM   #16
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That's exciting news! Did you get the robo today? If you did, give all the details
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:56 AM   #17
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Sorry to hear your not well, hope you're feeling better soon.
How did the big hamster shop go?
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:48 AM   #18
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The haul went well. We didn't find a new friend, none of the hams there quite fit. I almost adopted a Syrian though. But he didn't look well, if he's still there when we go again, I will take him home to live out the rest of his days cozily. We got lots of supplies, tons of different chews, and two new kinds of treats. Oxbow biscuits with cranberry in them. Good for both sterling and shadow.

Sterling has 3 chew sticks, a small tube, two wheels, two igloos, I've been scatter feeding him, his bedding is about 4 inches deep, and he has a new chew toy, but he is *still* bar chewing. He has chewed through the paint on the top bar all around the top of the sides of his cage and is down to metal.

I've been taking him out daily, he loves pockets, and I put on my fleece zip up hoodie and I put him in my pocket and go about my day. He washes up in my pocket and pokes his head out, relaxing. When I sit I take him out and let him crawl about. He seems to enjoy it.

Shadow is doing very well, he is much more trusting and will come out, jumping onto my shoulder and hanging out there. He is letting us hold him for longer periods of time, we will be getting a playpen for him soon, there isn't really a room here at my parents house that's safe for him to run free. We do lay on either side of the bed and stuff dirty clothes down the foot, and let him explore on top of the bed.

I am now working at the local Target. Sadly, I am still sick, the bronchitis is still with me, I'm still coughing quite a lot despite all the medication. I will be going back to the doctor again....grr. Ryan has also gotten another job here in town, so things are getting better.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:21 PM   #19
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So great to read updates on Sterling & Shadow. That's a Fab shop you did. Very lucky hams!
Remember Cujo, you're health is important, hope the cough eases up and your medication takes effect.
Congrats to Ryan on his new job.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:05 PM   #20
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Thank you much ThinLizzy. My cough is still here, I'm still on medication. I will be going back to the doctor soon.

Went on a haul to the petstore again, had some things we forgot the last time, and we got two hams!! A friend from high school works at the store now so she helped us out cause she knew me. There was a winter white female who lost her eye and ear, otherwise in perfectly good health. I saw her and it was like cujo all over again. I told savanna about cujo's story, and she said I think you would be perfect for her. I knew I had to help, so I adopted her! We also got a female white with grey ear syrian. She's very sweet.

We got chew sticks for shadow and sterling, and some other treats for the chin. And a pumice ledge for him too.
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