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Old 03-21-2017, 09:43 AM   #1
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Afternoon all. We are getting 2 Syrians, they will be from different families as my youngest can't wait til Easter like his older sister. My question is can they share a ball and temporary home w5hilst we clean a cage? Or will it cause problems with territory?

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Old 03-21-2017, 09:53 AM   #2
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Afternoon all. We are getting 2 Syrians, they will be from different families as my youngest can't wait til Easter like his older sister. My question is can they share a ball and temporary home w5hilst we clean a cage? Or will it cause problems with territory?

Thanks.
Hello there,

Syrians are very much a solitary creature and should not be put together however if you're using the same ball or temporary cage at separate times then that should be fine.

It might be best to give the exercise ball or temporary accomodation a quick clean before allowing the other hamster to use it just to make sure that there are no issues with the different scents bothering them.
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:20 AM   #3
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It should be fine, as I assume you won't put them together. As Fluffagrams said, a quick rinse between hamsters will help, as sometimes scent of the other one can make them a bit stressed. Apart from that there shouldn't be a problem.
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You want to make sure they are free from parasites too. If one of them has a problem with parasites, then sharing a bin wouldn't be a good idea. All new animals should be quarantined until you know for sure they are healthy. It could be respiratory problems or anything you want to make sure everything it okay.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:01 PM   #5
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I've only kept dwarfs so I don't know if syrians tend to be the same but I've found that while males can be quite laid back or even curious about the scent of another ham females can get very upset by it so it may depend on which you have.
I would give them a good clean between uses to remove scent & most definitely never put the two together anywhere.
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Old 04-01-2017, 06:26 AM   #6
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WorzelG, congratulations on getting a Syrian for your two children. I know that they will absolutely love them. What a lovely and memorable Easter/pre-Easter gift for them.

As far as them sharing a ball or temporary home while you are cleaning their permanent home, it should be fine so long as they never are in them at the same time. It is also extremely important to make sure to remove the scent of the other hamster in order to reduce the level of stress. This is due to Syrians being solitary animals.

Have fun with your furry friends when you get them.
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Old 04-01-2017, 11:52 AM   #7
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You want to make sure they are free from parasites too. If one of them has a problem with parasites, then sharing a bin wouldn't be a good idea. All new animals should be quarantined until you know for sure they are healthy. It could be respiratory problems or anything you want to make sure everything it okay.
I'm quoting myself lol Sorry this post was so negative, this mostly applies to rescue hams or adoptions where you don't know what kind of living conditions they are coming from.

Not for new pet shop hams or especially breeder hams! Have fun with your new babies! Hope your children are very happy with them and enjoy their upcoming Easter gifts
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:15 AM   #8
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Congratulations on your 2 syrians. Like others have said, a big no to sharing a cage or even playing together.
As for the ball, as long as it's cleaned before the other uses it.
Yes all hamsters can get parasites but, this is easily treated when diagnosed.
Be sure to give them a few days to settle and avoid any major cage cleans for at least 3 to 4 weeks doing daily spot checks in their chosen toilet areas. Hams like to mark every bit of their cage.
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