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Old 01-07-2014, 02:45 AM   #1
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Unhappy PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

As much as I love my 8 week old Syrian Pumpkin, I might have to think about giving her away if this doesn't stop soon because this is getting ridiculous and it's starting to interfere with my life, though I really don't want it to come to that.
I've had her 3 weeks now and she wakes up at 9 in the evening, I get her out every night and when I am in bed, trying to sleep she chews her bars. She's got plenty of toys in her cage but constantly chewing chewing chewing so much so I am getting about 3 hours sleep per night. This is every single night literally and she is up all night til about 6 in the morning. I've tried blowing her face and saying no but it doesn't work. I've tried putting things on top of the cage to stop her but she just chews those too. She ruined one of my hoodies last night. She is waking me up and keeping me awake constantly. There is no other room in the house she can go so she has to stay in my room. But how can I stop her chewing the bars? Is there anything I can rub on the bars that will put her off. I've heard vinegar puts them off but I don't wanna risk it because I doubt it's good for them.
Pleeeeeease help. I am exhausted.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:23 AM   #2
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

have you thought aboiut ?buying a tank rather than a barred cage?
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:28 AM   #3
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

I don't like putting hamsters in tanks. My last one was in a tank for a day and it stressed her out. She hated it. I'd rather her be in a cage.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:34 AM   #4
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

My hams are in tanks style cages and both are very happy. The zoozone2 is a great size and would give her plenty space to keep her occupied. They have huge openings so ventilation is fine and a coloured base for some privacy and allows for deep substrate . You'd have to mesh the top, but it seems like a great way to get the chewing under control without giving her up.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:47 AM   #5
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

Am I able to buy them at pets at home? I'm gonna get her a new cage tonight.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:52 AM   #6
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

If you are really desperate then you need to just move her in to a bin cage with a decent sized wheel. It is no hardship and she will soon adjust.
If you want to keep her in the cage then a simple solution for you to get some sleep is to go to Boots and buy some ear plugs. The mouldable wax ones you get for swimming are quite comfy. Do you have a large wardrobe or cupboard she could go in at night? Needs must and you need your rest.
Try and block off the area she is chewing. Get a plastic folder or a log bridge and make holes in it and wire it over the chew spot. Thing is she will likely chew on the log bridge which will also be noisy as is wheeling so having her in the bedroom when you are a light sleeper is not the greatest idea. Could she go in say the kitchen once everyone is in bed at night? Drastic measures are needed to solve this if it has become so bad you are thinking of rehoming.
No hamster will be silent in a cage though as just their normal nocturnal activity makes some noise remember. My best advice is to negotiate another room space for her at night

You are unlikely to get a large enough tank cage in P@H. Are you near a Jolleyes?
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:57 AM   #7
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

Don't make a rash decision and buy another cage without researching what is best and preparing. A small tank like a Duna will simply mean she sits on the shelf and chews the roof bars. Get the ear plugs then take your time to get the right cage to limit the chewing.
Pumpkin is very young and a new cage at this stage will not stress her and she will soon adjust.
Maybe make something like this?
SAMLA bin cage, cripes it's big!
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:21 AM   #8
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

Pets at home sell 90cm tanks which are just large enough IMHO but they're 55 each and need a lid making for them which adds another 10 on.

If you have a staples or ryman I think do them you cana get an 84 litre really useful box, these have no ridges at all to chew and if you dont put a wheel/tall toys in you can leave the lid off until you can mesh the lid properly. All you need to do is cut a hole in the lid and attach some mesh over the hole using cable ties/nuts&bolts and you have a cheap tank style cage that is much bigger than anything pets at home sell (apart from 90/120cm glass tanks) and only costs 20.

Other suitable bins are Wham 110 or 133 litre, the samla as Souffle mentioned or if you have a pound stretcher they sell 150 litre bins that woudl work too.

You can get mesh from B&Q, wickes or wilkinsons online (you need 12mm or less squared mesh)
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:26 AM   #9
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

Asda have a bin at 15 its 150l and measures at 90cm by 38cm. Its on wheels.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:43 AM   #10
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Default Re: PLEASE help. I can't take much more.

Not really ideal for a chewer though because the wheel parts make an ideal place to chew and the lids arent secure. I have them for storage, had originally bought them for the hams but decided against using them.
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