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Old 10-09-2019, 12:57 PM   #1
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Default Keeping my hamster in a wardrobe

Let me explain before anyone jumps on me!

Due to some rubbish circumstances I have had to move into a new flat. The rules state that no animal of any kind can be brought into the accommodation. Having said that, if I want to keep my hammy I'm going to have to find a way around this.

From what I can tell so far, there is a cleaner who comes into the communal areas once a week, other than that someone may come in to drop off a parcel or to show around a new tenant very occasionally. I don't think anyone would ever come into my actual bedroom however it is still a big risk to have my ham right there in the middle of the room.

My thought is that as I am only out 8-4 (when he is usually fast asleep in his little house), I could keep his cage in the bottom of my wardrobe during the day and then bring him out once I am home. I live in England so it would not get hot and I could leave the door open a crack to let in some light. He'd be out in the open during his waking hours and getting lots of fuss. I know it isn't ideal but do you think this is a viable option?
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:39 PM   #2
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Default Re: Keeping my hamster in a wardrobe

Is it a house of multiple occupancy? Do you have a lock on your own door? I don't think anyone should be going in your room without your permission, especially if you have a contract. I know someone who hid her hamster in the wardrobe when rental checks where done, but it wasn't on a long term basis. Even in england wardrobes can get cold/warm or even damp depending on the building.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:17 PM   #3
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Default Re: Keeping my hamster in a wardrobe

Perhaps you could try to get a lock for your bedroom door, since the cleaner only does the communal areas. Parcels can be left in front of your door, and there's no reason to show a new tenant your room if you aren't planning to move out anytime soon - all of that can be done in communal areas.

If locking your bedroom door is not an option, then for the wardrobe idea itself, as long as there is enough air flow and the temperature is ok, I don't see a problem with the wardrobe once you get over the initial shock of why would it need to be in a wardrobe (but hopefully others can point out flaws with that plan so that we become more aware).

In terms of the airflow, would you mind living in that condition yourself? If there is enough airflow in that wardrobe for you to live and breathe comfortably, then yes, I would think the airflow is fine for your hamster. If it'll feel a bit too stuffy for you, then please reconsider your options.

Do confirm if the temperature and humidity is suitable for your hamster too, it should not be too cold/ warm / damp in there.

Another issue to think about is whether your landlord might decide to hire a pest-controller to come in and do a "general maintenance" or for whatever reason. That could have disastrous results, even if the gassing etc, is done in communal areas only, as the smell could easily slip inside. If the pest-controller comes into your room and doesn't even realise your hamster is in the wardrobe, that could end badly too.
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:05 PM   #4
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Default Re: Keeping my hamster in a wardrobe

I'm sorry to say but the best thing to do for the hamster is to have them stay with your parents or someone else who can legally house a hamster.

It is unfair to keep the hamster in the wardrobe as I can't imagine a proper sized cage could even fit in your standard-sized wardrobe. In addition, if your hamster is found by the cleaner or someone else, you may be forced to get rid of them immediately or face eviction. It might sound harsh but the health and well being of the hamster should be put first before your own emotions.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:01 AM   #5
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Default Re: Keeping my hamster in a wardrobe

My concern would be that even if it was a big enough suitable wardrobe, moving the hamster’s cage daily will cause stress for the hamster. They need their cage to stay in the same place all the time It’s a change of environment and if anyone ever has to respite the cage in a different room eg, then it can cause major skittishness and the hamster need time to settle and adjust.

I think if you already have the hamster it would be better not to try and hide it and just keep it in your room and as the others say - have a lock on your door. If a cleaner or other person did happen to come in I doubt they would make an issue - people often don’t see a hamster in a cage in the same way as say a cat or dog and would probably turn a blind eye. So I would just take the risk and if someone does complain you could discuss it with them then - and say hamsters have a short lifespan, you already had the hamster and won’t get another one when it passes on.
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