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Old 02-09-2017, 01:25 PM   #11
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A 10 gallon would be too small, possibly as Serendipity said ok as a starer cage but you would need to be able to upgrade to something larger & you would definitely need to keep them separately.
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:41 PM   #12
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Yes 10 gallon is a bit small - they can be very active. It might be ok for one for starters as some Chinese are apparently quite shy - depends on their personality. How do they offer you them in hospital lol! I guess there is internet there Would the timing work out if you say yes? ie will you be out of hospital in time?
I was talking to Dr about treatment today, no chemo today. I'm not admitted to any hospital, there is a chance cancer could be gone he said, that would be a miracle

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A 10 gallon would be too small, possibly as Serendipity said ok as a starer cage but you would need to be able to upgrade to something larger & you would definitely need to keep them separately.
I have a spare cage in case of that. Planning to upgrade to 20 gal with larger wheels eventually as they grow. But for now they are cuddled up together in one of their houses

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Old 02-09-2017, 01:54 PM   #13
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Definitely separate them before they're old enough to start developing hormonal behavior.That is generally when the fighting starts,and seemingly social hamsters go from living together in what appears complete harmony to serious and potentially deadly fighting.It is not something to take lightly,and if you wait too long you can end up with severe consequences

Regular 20 gallon tanks are not much bigger than a 10 gallon,but 20 longs are considerably longer(though only a tiny bit wider and the same height).

It isn't a matter of just being prepared and hoping nothing happens,but understanding that it is not appropriate to keep pairs and taking action right away.The sooner they're separated,the better!
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:03 PM   #14
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Wow that is amazing news from your Doctor! So pleased. I am sure you will sort something for your little chineseys once you're home Nice that they are snuggled up together. Vectis has some good info on keeping Chinese in pairs - it does sound rare and possibly with serious issues but might be possible at first. Are they boys or girls?

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Old 02-09-2017, 02:07 PM   #15
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They are pretty young and will need to be upgraded, I'll try this & keep an eye on them. There's a chance it might work. There is a real active one missing a tail, birth defect maybe & the more docile one has a tail.
I'll seperate them if needed, but not yet, I'll start a thread on them soon

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Wow that is amazing news from your Doctor! So pleased. I am sure you will sort something for your little chineseys once you're home Nice that they are snuggled up together. Vectis has some good info on keeping Chinese in pairs - it does sound rare and possibly with serious issues but might be possible at first. Are they boys or girls?

Vectis Hamstery and Exotics - Chinese Hamster Pairs
They are females thanks for the link

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Old 02-09-2017, 02:18 PM   #16
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Your heart just got bigger CB. Such a caring and loving owner. You know there is plenty of info here and advice from chinesey owners and for pairs too. So I wish you all the best with them. Wonderful possible news from the doctor. Fingers crossed. There has been quite an ear bashing on high on your behalf!
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:21 PM   #17
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Your heart just got bigger CB. Such a caring and loving owner. You know there is plenty of info here and advice from chinesey owners and for pairs too. So I wish you all the best with them. Wonderful possible news from the doctor. Fingers crossed. There has been quite an ear bashing on high on your behalf!
Thanks Coco, it's exciting, I will study keeping pairs to give it a good thing. Maybe they will be a bonded pair
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Old 02-10-2017, 04:01 AM   #18
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Such good news from your doctor. I am continually praying for you.

So you now have three chinese hamsters! They do look ever so lovely.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:47 AM   #19
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Thank you FF for the prayers & I am full of hamsters for sure
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Old 02-18-2017, 12:28 PM   #20
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So long as your landlord doesn't mind you keeping hamsters and you're happy keeping them, then go for it !
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