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Old 01-08-2014, 04:11 AM   #31
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

I had precisely the same problem with my female Maple. All she wanted to do was gnaw the bars! At first I moved her downstairs just at night but this became impractical when I extended her cage. Then I tried Chew Stoppa, which I found only worked when it was still wet on the bars and she still chewed when it dried. In the end I moved her into a Zoozone 2, she has a Savic rolly wheel and has been in there for about 18 months. She's had a happy life in there and bonus - no chewing! What I do to keep her amused is hide food inside loo roll tubes and because she is quite persistent she'll chew for a good half hour to get it all out. I also use the tiny chocolate drops and rub them over wooden chews which gets her chewing the wood and not other parts of the cage! I noticed in any case that she got less obsessive with chewing as she got older. Since converting to the Zoozone2 for my female I have also done so for one of my males as it is far safer for preventing falls.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:41 PM   #32
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I move my chewer to another room - is that an option for you?
I want to get a bin cage for mine because I think they're great but my chewer (hiccup) gets stressed being confined in large boxes or the bath or play pens and just runs around the sides trying to scramble up, so I'm worried about how he'd react...
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:00 AM   #33
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

when i had banoffee i had the exact same problem (i had a collection of smaller cages joined together, which i wouldn't do again) no matter what i tried, including sticking things through or around the bars (i completely blocked off the bars with twigs once and she just destroyed them completely gnawed through every single one to get to the bars) and including distraction techniques such as scatter feeding, food puzzles (in toilet rolls hanging from the ceiling, in enclosed egg boxes etc etc) nothing worked. Then i got a zoozone two and added it to one of her smaller cages (that she used to chew the bars on the roof in - a duna) and got rid of the other cages. she stopped chewing almost instantly now she had this much bigger continuous area to run in, rather than disjointed areas, despite still having access to the roof bars she used to chew she didn't chew them. i really recommend a zoozone two they're very good. You can sometimes find them cheaper on ebay etc. I got mine for a fiver off ebay by searching for cages in my area and happened to spot one.

Do you still have the tank cage you tried with your previous ham? perhaps you could try your current ham in it and see how it goes and take them straight out if they seem stressed?

i agree with souffle i have used the boots wax earplugs a lot as i am a very light sleeper and they work brilliantly. i really would recommend them
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:07 AM   #34
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Everyone should know hamsters are nocturnal, especially someone who wants to get one as a pet! Why would you get a pet you know is going to be active and noisy at night and early in the morning knowing that you may not get much sleep? Panda doesn't chew bars and his wheel isn't that loud but if he's on it when I'm about to go to bed I put my ear plugs in. I just don't get why you got a hamster and now you are all frustrated. They are nocturnal so you probably shouldn't own any noisy nocturnal animals!!!!!
I found this pretty rude.
I have 2 hamsters. One who I've had for 6 months and one i've had for 3/4 weeks.
Scrub is up at night but she runs on her wheel and plays with her toys, she is quiet as ever.
Pumpkin goes on her wheel and chews the bars, she is noisy as hell
I'm not stupid, of course I knew they are nocturnaly BEFORE I got one.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:10 AM   #35
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I really think you should try the suggestion of myself and others of some ear plugs scrubby. Honestly they do work quite well!
Ear plugs would be great but the thing I am worried about is her teeth, so rather than me have peace and quiet so I can sleep I want to stop the bar chewing all together. I am more concerned about her health and not breaking her teeth then I am about getting more sleep.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:12 AM   #36
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

The tank thing is MY PERSONAL preference. I know each hamster likes different things but I don't want to get a tank because of what happened to Scrub, it has just put me off them.

Anyway, last night I bought her a new, bigger cage with even more bars but she didn't chew them at all. This is what I was going to do in the first place and it worked.
Thanks for everyone's advice.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:52 AM   #37
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Thats great news!! Is she quieter on her wheel aswell now? As i remember your thread not so long ago (sleepless night)you wanted her to wake up in the day and go to sleep at night like Scrubby did.

What cage did you get her?
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:09 AM   #38
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That`s good that the chewing has relented. What was the difference in size between both cages? Do you think the new cage is a vast improvement of floor space? Or are the bars narrower?

On the subject of the teeth and harm coming to them as a result of bar chewing, I can`t report any personal incidents with a hamster bar chewing, but I did have a wee gerbil who, lived in a GLASS tank, but had one of those multi-coloured barred hamster play pens. I had two of these which I joined up to make the play area larger. He chewed at the bars one day while I was sitting on the floor while both boys ran about. He suddenly jolted back having got a fright and that was it. Tooth slackened and vet trips each month and a darling little gerbil that I loved, slowly went very thin and downhill because he couldn`t eat properly and all because he was exposed to bars.

I`m all for barred cages that have `narrow` bars like the Kios or the Barney cage, but I really prefer the Zoozone style habitats as a safer home for hamsters who bar chew constantly. It just safe guards any probabilities of injury. x
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