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Old 11-27-2014, 01:48 PM   #1
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Talking Much happier now!

Sorry for all the threads, I've just so much to say and so many questions to ask!

Yesterday I had a rather huge freak out thinking Pikachu my little 7 week old Syrian boy (whom I've had since last Tuesday and is my first Hamster!) hated me, because I made him jump. Thanks to all of you that made me feel better, today I gathered the courage to try the bath taming method!

I put his ball up to his cage, without any treats inside this time. He must have remembered being in it yesterday, as he jumped right in with no persuasion! I let him run around my room for about two mins, then went to my readily set up bath with towel..

I changed the door on the ball, as there's a solid door and a door with gaps which lets them climb out whenever they like if it's on the stand.. and he came out instantly.

I spent half an hour with him sitting in the bath! He was a bit shy, but he was climbing all over my legs (I was wearing PJ bottoms for his first go, as I felt bare skin would have been more intimidating.) and he even half sat on my hand eating a piece of cucumber.

I scooped him up a few times, he was uncertain about it... but didn't seem terrified. He did a backflip out of my hands on two of the scoopings.. I wasn't holding him high up though as I assumed he would want out pretty quickly so he's fine! And he was still going up to my hands after, so I know he wasn't mad!

I was holding my hands up to him, occasionally stroking him. He quickly turnt around towards my hands again today.. but I didn't flinch! So it's confirmed he just wanted to sniff me, not bite me yesterday! I'm proud of myself for not assuming he worst, he seemed much happier about my hand being near him after sniffing it!

When he went back to his ball, I decided to pick it up and lay my legs out, and place him on my waist. He came right out, and went straight up my torso to my face! He didn't even jump when I started talking to him. He was tickling me so I was giggling a little, and he really seemed to like sniffing about in my hair! He fell down my back after that, but he wasn't hurt as he sort of slid down! We did this twice, and it went the same both times!

He's still a bit skittish/shy and easily startled, but we're making progress very rapidly these past few days! I can't wait to try again tomorrow, if he's been so accepting today tomorrow should be really good! I think he'll be sitting in my hands in no time!

I'm so thankful for Hamster Central! You've all helped me so much with your advice, information and general kindness! Thank you all!

I can't stop smiling!
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:11 PM   #2
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Wow how amazing is that congratulations, your both doing really really well
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:25 PM   #3
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That's great news LadyPikachu! Little Pikachu is coming on brilliantly!
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:27 PM   #4
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That's great news LadyPikachu! Little Pikachu is coming on brilliantly!
It sure is! I'm so happy things are working out okay!
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:30 PM   #5
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Wow how amazing is that congratulations, your both doing really really well
It's awesome! Thank you! This is hard work but 110% worth my time and effort!
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Old 11-28-2014, 04:13 AM   #6
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Awh, that's so amazing! You must be so proud of yourself and Pikachu!
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Old 11-28-2014, 04:22 AM   #7
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It sounds like a really good bonding experience. I personally love the tub training method because it allows hammy to go at his/her own speed. So much better than trying to hang on to a squirmy, anxious hammy. Good work there! It gets easier and easier as time goes by and hammy learns that good things happen when you are there.
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:07 AM   #8
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Awh, that's so amazing! You must be so proud of yourself and Pikachu!
Yes I'm very happy and very proud! We're making progress much faster than I had anticipated so I am over the moon!
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:08 AM   #9
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It sounds like a really good bonding experience. I personally love the tub training method because it allows hammy to go at his/her own speed. So much better than trying to hang on to a squirmy, anxious hammy. Good work there! It gets easier and easier as time goes by and hammy learns that good things happen when you are there.
It really was, it was wonderful! I didn't think such a little fluff ball could touch my heart as much as this little fella has done! My cheeks hurt from smiling so much in he bath yesterday it was lovely! I can't wait to see what we can do in the future!
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:53 AM   #10
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I found, as Ziggy got older he took an interest in art films...he'd beg to see local revival house movies. On the other hand Pook has me watching all the Pixar movies ever made.

I advise against taking him to the zoo. It's too traumatic from the animal point of view.

Both of them enjoy a good card game once in a while, but they are both notorious cheaters. I think its genetic.

Whatever makes the little boogers happy
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