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Old 09-21-2020, 09:42 PM   #1
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Question how long should I wait before moving things?

Hi! I moved my hamster into his new cage a little over a week ago. The setup can be seen here:

Ever since then, hes been obsessed with the wooden house on the second platform; he never uses his old plastic hideout anymore. I bought a second one to put on the lower level, so that there is bedding, but I dont currently have space to put it.

The purple thing is from his old cage; it used to be an attachment that he loved and I put it in his new cage when we switched so that hed have something familiar.

I want to put the new house on the left side, but if I just add it and shift the tube and the purple thing so that the house fits, that side of the cage gets really cramped and he loses a clear path to the water bottle. Ideally, Id put it in and then remove the purple thing altogether or move it to the right side of the cage, but since he just started getting comfortable in his new cage I dont want to make any jarring changes too fast and freak him out again.

Does anyone know how long I should wait before it would be okay to put the house in and drastically move (or take out altogether) the purple tower?


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Old 09-21-2020, 10:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: how long should I wait before moving things?

I wouldn’t wait any longer, if he’s not using something & doesn’t seem interested in it then it’s fine to change it, you could move the water bottle, it might be easier for him if it was over the shelf by the wooden house up there.
I do try not to change things much once they’ve moved into a cage & started to settle but if somethings not working then I just go ahead & do it.
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Old 09-22-2020, 02:29 AM   #3
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Default Re: how long should I wait before moving things?

I would just go ahead and set it up how you want to. I tend to have my water and food bowl (I also scatter feed) near where they sleep. Doesn't the water bottle move?
I'm also a bit confused as to what I am looking at on your photo, what/where is the purple tower - am I being blind? Or is it under the platform? Personally I think it is better to have enclosures that are semi crowded, just mentioning that as you seem to be worried that it is going to look cramped.
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:28 AM   #4
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Default Re: how long should I wait before moving things?

A house to nest in is important to a hamster so i'd put it in now and move the bottle. What exactly is the purple thing? Is it a flying saucer wheel?
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