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Old 04-13-2019, 11:35 AM   #1
mazzypan
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Question How long to keep treat boredom breakers in cage?

Quick introduction. I got my adorable 2ish month old Syrian hamster, Arthur, yesterday. Iíve left him alone and only given him his standard food mix as of yet. Iím planning on giving him a little bit of carrot when he wakes up, as he was already eating this at the pet shop and the woman who worked there suggested we start with that.

However, while shopping today and buying bits and bobs for his cage, treats etc, I came across a hay roll with fruit inside for my hammy.

Link: https://www.bmstores.co.uk/products/...ty-mix-2908991

Itís pretty big and I know it wouldnít be healthy to leave in the cage forever most likely. So how long should I leave it in there? Or is it safe to leave inside dangling from the ceiling of his cage?
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Old 04-19-2019, 01:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: How long to keep treat boredom breakers in cage?

Not entirely sure I have to say, generally I take them out after a few weeks anyway when they get all worn down and replace with another. The hay will last a while but the dried fruit (no idea what 'fruity mix' consists of in the first place), I don't think is the best treat for future reference. Especially if it doesn't specify what's in there. It's high in sugar and if you're going to give any fruit it's probably best fresh.

Pets at home now do 'grainless' chew sticks, they should be good I generally use the Jr Farm ones as they're better/healthier than the usual chew sticks you find in shops.
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: How long to keep treat boredom breakers in cage?

I would just leave it a while It'll either get demolished or ignored! If it's ignored just take it out after 2 or 3 weeks. Also wondering about the "fruity mix" bit. Is there something stuffed inside it? Rosewood are good for healthy treats - they do a similar thing - a cardboard cottage with hay stuck on the outside and dried carrot on top - it's all safe. However our hamster ignores them in the cage apart from to climb on them - but likes chewing it out of the cage. Funny how they like some things out of the cage but not in it. I think they have their hoarding, nesting habits in the cage mostly.

Some treats will be popular, others won't.

I got this tree thing from Zooplus which was very popular with our Syrian - he removed every bit of food from it overnight - so it didn't last long. But I left it in anyway and occasionally put the odd pumpkin seed on it - he enjoys climbing all over it to get them.

https://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/small...le_wood/188938

The Rosewood dandelion treat sticks are popular here too. Also most hamsters like whimzee mini dog chews (vegetable based and safe for hamsters). Both of these are good for their teeth to stop them overgrowing.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rosewood-Na...gateway&sr=8-1

The Whimzee toothbrushes are good as you can stick treats like pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds in the bristles and they have to work to get them out.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/WHIMZEES-To...ateway&sr=8-14
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