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Old 05-22-2016, 09:56 AM   #1
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Default Best house for Syrian

Hey

We have one of those wooden cottages for our Syrian. Buy it is choosing to sleep in the corner behind its wheel instead.

Do you have any recommendations for a good house?

Just got the Syrian last week.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:02 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome. Sometimes they find a house too small to build a nest in, or like somewhere darker to nest. You could try making a shoe box house - an upturned shoe box with a hole cut in for a door. That would be nice and dark inside and big enough to build a nest in. It's best if a house is open to the substrate underneath (ie open at the bottom and sitting on the substrate) because then they can bury hoards under their nest and have midnight snacks in bed

If you don't have a shoebox, just a similar sized cardboard box, but check there are no staples or tape.

I you wanted to buy another house that's a bit more glamorous, this one is quite a good house for a Syrian - it's way too small for a guinea pig. It has a flat roof which can double up as a platform and the roof lifts off so you can check inside without your hammie's nest falling apart. The door is quite large so putting a bendy bridge tunnel over the door would make it dark inside and also give a ramp up to the roof - you could put a food bowl on the roof eg.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ferplast-Gu...inea+pig+house

Rodipet make really good hamster houses, but the postage is about 7 on top of the cost of the house - you can use google translate to copy and paste the info

They have "rooms" so it's darker away from the doorway. This one is good (approx 15)

https://www.rodipet.de/shop/haeuser/...us-dalani.html

And this 3 room one is as well (about 20) - when they have more rooms they sometimes move their toilet corner into one of the rooms and you can put a litter tray in there - which helps keep the cage dry and you just lift one of the roofs off to empty the litter tray. They aren't cheap though. The granite square on top helps keep their nails short apparently, and it's a cool place to sit when they get hot. It's the same idea as having a bendy bridge over a single room house though really

https://www.rodipet.de/shop/haeuser/...monoporta.html

In the wild they live in burrows - so I tend to find if there's a tunnel entrance, our hammy goes straight in there and builds a nest. You can also set the houses down in the substrate a bit so they are part subterranean with just a bit of the doorway showing (or a bendy bridge over the door and a bit of substrate scooped out down to the entrance) and it's like a dark underground place so they head for that too.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:48 AM   #3
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I was going to suggest cardboard boxes as well My hams get the cardboard boxes our cats' wet cat food pouches come in We have a constant supply of them so it doesn't matter if they get pee'd on or shredded. I'd prefer them if they were slightly larger, but the hams seem to like them well enough!
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Old 05-22-2016, 01:30 PM   #4
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Our new Syrian made his home in the pet shop box. When we took that out because it was manky he moved in to a coconut house we bought, but within a few hrs of us putting in an upturned shoebox in he'd relocated
So definitely prefers a box.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:51 PM   #5
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Thanks all.

I've ordered the Ferplast house to try it and see.
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:52 AM   #6
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It comes kind of flat pack - and is very easy to put together - slots together like a jigsaw kind of Then the roof just lifts on and off. I would have a bendy bridge handy to put over the door though as the door is quite large and the bendy bridge makes it darker inside and adds a tunnel entrance

Not sure what nesting material you have, but torn up strips of plain white toilet paper is best really. Just take a few sheets and tear them into five or six strips lengthways and put a big pile of it somewhere in the cage. Don't put it inside the house - they like to take the nesting material, pouch it and take it to where they want to build the nest - you should see the pile go down gradually - sorry if you already know that!
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:11 PM   #7
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I've ordered once a wooden house on Zooplus for my female rats, which are about the size of a big syrian hamster. They love it & still use it.

Cabins & Houses: great selection at zooplus: Two Storey Cabin for Small Pets
The biggest size.
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