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Old 08-16-2012, 06:40 PM   #1
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Default Sleeping at about 12 PM? Oversleeping maybe?

(first of all, sorry for all the hamster problem topics lately, didnt really have time to post anything else)
I usually hold and play with each of the hamsters at about 10-12 PM. Ive noticed the last couple/few nights one of the hamsters has been asleep then. Last night he was asleep at about 12 PM. Then today at about 1-3 PM he was still asleep. I checked on him at about 8:00 PM (today) and he was awake. When do hamsters sleep usually? Do you think its because hes bored? Admittedly his cage is pretty boring. Its got a couple of toys (well, ones I made) but ive been too busy lately to get toys for them. What are some good toys for hams to get or easy ones to make?

Is this abnormal? Bored or maybe sick? (hopefully not) I dont know why he would be sick though.

(He wakes up every once in a while to eat/drink and stuff but im usually somewhere at 7-9 so couldnt check then.)
Btw, the person thats getting a few hamsters couldnt come yet but shes coming this week hopefully so then ill have more time for them!
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Sleeping at about 12 PM? Oversleeping maybe?

Do you mean 12 as in midnight? Sorry, maybe I'm reading incorrectly (I'm tired!) but I guess I'm not totally comprehending your times.

But I can say that my 2 Syrians have weird schedules. They both often sleep until late into the night (like 1 or 2am) and then they're awake all morning and into the early afternoon. I suffer from insomnia so I think my whacky sleeping habits have rubbed off on them a bit.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:02 PM   #3
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Default Re: Sleeping at about 12 PM? Oversleeping maybe?

Our Flower (also a Syrian) changes her hours. Sometimes I chalk it up to a change of seasons, how light it is outside, etc. She used to be strictly a nighttime girl (except for getting up to pee and grab a snack in the afternoon) but now she seems to like a little cuddle in the mornings before we leave for work.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:25 PM   #4
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Default Re: Sleeping at about 12 PM? Oversleeping maybe?

Okay, so im guessing its nothing to worry about.

I think I messed him up XD Sometimes I keep the light on at night and off at day and (accidently) wake them up in day.
Yep, 12 as in midnight :3

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Old 08-16-2012, 07:56 PM   #5
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Default Re: Sleeping at about 12 PM? Oversleeping maybe?

Oh I completely understand. My schedule is so all over the place! I often am awake until 4 or 5am, sometimes with the light on and almost always with the TV on. I feel bad sometimes because I feel like my sleeping issues might be messing with them but they seem perfectly fine.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:32 AM   #6
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Default Re: Sleeping at about 12 PM? Oversleeping maybe?

Percy sleeps in till 2 am. He's a lazy little booger. I wake him up around 11 though.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:48 AM   #7
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Hamsters’ normally sleeps during the day, but may be seen occasionally grabbing a bite to eat, a drink or using the toilet in the day. Hamsters’ are often mistaken as being nocturnal when in fact they are crepuscular. Crepuscular is a term used to describe animals that are primarily active during twilight hours, (low levels of light) at dawn and dusk in the early evening, just as it is going dark and early morning just as it is coming light again. They may sleep a good few hours during the night depending on how energetic he feels. Older hams do tend to sleep more and are not as active, so if he is getting on a bit I wouldn’t worry too much.
The changing seasons can also affect their sleeping patterns, as it gets lighter at night in the summer they may stay in the nest longer till it starts to go dark. And as the nights draw in again they will arise earlier. Another thing to bear in mind is that if the light in the room where you keep them is too bright it can confuse them as they may think it is still day-time so will stay in the nest. If you want them to become active earlier then it may be worth considering dimming the light, it does not have to be dark, but light enough for you to see well.
The possibility of boredom could also be another cause if he knows there is not a lot to get up for, then why bother getting up; he’s got all the time in the world to eat etc:
Hamsters don’t play with toy’s, not interested. They are more inclined to be encouraged and stimulated by engaging them in activities such as climbing, hiding, searching and scenting new undiscovered places etc:
And that goes for the oldies as well as the young ones as they need just as much stimulation as the young ones do.
The best “Toy” you could make is a playground or activity centre; it doesn’t need to cost anything, or very little. Just a bit of imagination and initiative is all that’s needed. A large box (not cardboard) or an old tank will do, make sure it’s clean and escape proof.
Use dry sand or wood shavings on the bottom. Stick some old recycled kitchen towel tubes together. Any bits of old unused cages lying around i.e. ladders, ramps, tubes, wheel etc. an old Tupperware box with access points cut in, upturned plant pots (plastic) again with access points, hollowed out coconut shells, small cardboard boxes, an old coffee jar. Anything he can climb on or into. Spread a few treats around for him to pouch and take back home with him, after all, that’s what they do best. The list is endless; just a bit of imagination. A run around for 10 min’s in a play ball before putting them (separately of course) in the playground will be much appreciated. The scent left by the other will make things even more interesting for them, and it is amusing to watch them following the scent trails left by the other. Adding and changing things periodically leaves different scents so makes it more interesting for them. After a few nights of this they will be raring to go.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:49 PM   #8
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Hamsters’ normally sleeps during the day, but may be seen occasionally grabbing a bite to eat, a drink or using the toilet in the day. Hamsters’ are often mistaken as being nocturnal when in fact they are crepuscular. Crepuscular is a term used to describe animals that are primarily active during twilight hours, (low levels of light) at dawn and dusk in the early evening, just as it is going dark and early morning just as it is coming light again. They may sleep a good few hours during the night depending on how energetic he feels. Older hams do tend to sleep more and are not as active, so if he is getting on a bit I wouldn’t worry too much.
The changing seasons can also affect their sleeping patterns, as it gets lighter at night in the summer they may stay in the nest longer till it starts to go dark. And as the nights draw in again they will arise earlier. Another thing to bear in mind is that if the light in the room where you keep them is too bright it can confuse them as they may think it is still day-time so will stay in the nest. If you want them to become active earlier then it may be worth considering dimming the light, it does not have to be dark, but light enough for you to see well.
The possibility of boredom could also be another cause if he knows there is not a lot to get up for, then why bother getting up; he’s got all the time in the world to eat etc:
Hamsters don’t play with toy’s, not interested. They are more inclined to be encouraged and stimulated by engaging them in activities such as climbing, hiding, searching and scenting new undiscovered places etc:
And that goes for the oldies as well as the young ones as they need just as much stimulation as the young ones do.
The best “Toy” you could make is a playground or activity centre; it doesn’t need to cost anything, or very little. Just a bit of imagination and initiative is all that’s needed. A large box (not cardboard) or an old tank will do, make sure it’s clean and escape proof.
Use dry sand or wood shavings on the bottom. Stick some old recycled kitchen towel tubes together. Any bits of old unused cages lying around i.e. ladders, ramps, tubes, wheel etc. an old Tupperware box with access points cut in, upturned plant pots (plastic) again with access points, hollowed out coconut shells, small cardboard boxes, an old coffee jar. Anything he can climb on or into. Spread a few treats around for him to pouch and take back home with him, after all, that’s what they do best. The list is endless; just a bit of imagination. A run around for 10 min’s in a play ball before putting them (separately of course) in the playground will be much appreciated. The scent left by the other will make things even more interesting for them, and it is amusing to watch them following the scent trails left by the other. Adding and changing things periodically leaves different scents so makes it more interesting for them. After a few nights of this they will be raring to go.
Thanks for all the toy ideas

Are plastic colored drinking straws okay? We have a big case of them and never use them, I put them in for a second and they like to chew on them but you dont think they could choke on it do you?
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:00 AM   #9
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Hamsters are experts at destroying things they can get their teeth into so whatever you put into their cage, or give them access to, consider anything that could harm them. I would not use the plastic straws, they are too flimsy. If they try to pouch pieces there’s a possibility they could damage the delicate lining. Or even worse, swallow bits causing untold problems.
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