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Old 02-11-2020, 12:31 PM   #1
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Exclamation Possibly too large of a cage?

I've created a new 80x40 wooden cage for my dwarf Oscar, and I noticed that he tries to climb the front mesh a lot. He doesn't chew it, but he tries to climb it.
Is that anxiety behavior? Could the 60x40 previous cage be better for him after all?

It is his first day in this cage with 100% new bedding, so take that into account.
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Old 02-11-2020, 01:56 PM   #2
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Default Re: Possibly too large of a cage?

If you have any of the old bedding, that might help him settle as he's probably somewhat stressed after being moved into a new cage that smells nothing like him. Some hams do just like do climb though, so if other behaviours point him to being happy, you may just need to make sure there's enough padding so if he falls he will be okay.
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Old 02-11-2020, 01:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: Possibly too large of a cage?

I wouldn't say it was anxiety, I would say it is your hamster exploring his new home, just working out where his boundaries start and end.
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:26 PM   #4
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Default Re: Possibly too large of a cage?

I would say he's just exploring too & he's found something he can climb so he will!
He may take a while to settle though if you didn't add any of his old substrate to the new cage.
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Old 02-13-2020, 04:09 PM   #5
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Default Re: Possibly too large of a cage?

It can take up to two weeks for them to fully settle in a new cage so best not to change anything or disturb things too much during that period. He probably is a bit stressed by the change as well as exploring. One tip I'd suggest is taking the old cage out of that room (if you haven't already). They can smell/sense it and want to go back!

Stick it out. I moved a hamster "cold turkey" once and it was quite worrying seeing his behaviour and nearly moved him back to the old one, but stuck it out and by day 10 he was happy as larry.

He'll need to scent mark to feel at home. If everything is new he'll feel a bit lost. Agree if you can put a bit of the old bedding in it might help (and his old nest).

Also don't clean anything for two weeks and then just spot clean for a while.
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