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Old 04-16-2020, 07:07 AM   #21
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Wow, he's a beautiful little boy. I know what you mean about the nibbling; Cadmium was the same - have you tried rubbing his substrate on your hands before you try to handle him? I found that helped with her
I haven't, but I'll give it a try, thanks!
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Old 04-25-2020, 04:01 PM   #22
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Wow, he's a beautiful little boy. I know what you mean about the nibbling; Cadmium was the same - have you tried rubbing his substrate on your hands before you try to handle him? I found that helped with her
Ah - that's a good idea! I wonder if it will stop Freya trying to eat me alive?
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Old 04-26-2020, 06:55 AM   #23
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I would say don’t try to put your hand in the cage yet.

This is my method ( it might not work for everyone though )

1. Leave him in his cage to settle down for about a week changing his food and water when he’s asleep.

2. Rub your scent on his bedding so he can smell you but not come too close to you.

3. Talk to him while he’s awake so he is familiar for your voice for 1-2 weeks.

4. Lift him out of his cage in a house or mug and put him in a small-ish plastic box or bathtub (with a blanket down) and tempt him with treats on your hand. I normally do this for about 2 weeks.

5. When he is comfortable sitting and eating on your hand, a slowly lower your hand into his cage (with a treat) and wait to see if he will climb onto your hand.

6. When he is comfortable with your hand in his cage (be patient because it’s his space) try lifting him up a couple of inches off the ground and see how he reacts. Don’t lift him too far because if he gets spooked we don’t want him to get hurt. Keep doing that for a week or two and he should get tamer and tamer.


The most important thing to remember is to be patient because your hamster might not even become tame at all. Sock is adorable by the way. Sending hugs to everyone’s hammies!
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Old 04-27-2020, 11:50 PM   #24
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Thanks HamsterHaven! But here's a little update:

Sock is now not shy at all anymore and actually willingly comes up to my hand and sits on it. I even managed to get him out of the cage and into a storage bin so I could clean his cage real quick. He didn't seem to mind (he's so much calmer than Jupiter). He has stopped trying to nip my hand and also seems less skittish. I'm now looking forward to interacting with him more and getting to know him.
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Old 08-10-2020, 11:13 AM   #25
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Heyo! It's been a while. Sock has been doing well. I discovered he does not like to be out of the cage and is very happy in his own little world. He's not one for petting either, as he's too restless for that. So I only take him out of the cage when I have to clean it. Right now with this heat he often sleeps in his wheel, or somewhere else that isn't his nest. I try and keep him cool, though. The little guy really doesn't like the heat (whereas my other hamster Jupiter doesn't seem bothered by it). Here are some recent pictures!





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Old 08-10-2020, 11:22 AM   #26
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I also placed a bowl of water in Sock's cage for drinking and cooling down. And he seems to like it! https://vimeo.com/446560121
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Old 08-10-2020, 11:36 AM   #27
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Nice to hear from the lovely Sock again. He looks very happy in his hamster world. I don't think many hamsters like to get their paws wet, lol.
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Old 08-10-2020, 01:28 PM   #28
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I have only just caught up with little socks antics! He is such a cutie!! It is lovely to hear about his progress x
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Old 08-10-2020, 03:27 PM   #29
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You have some stunning photographs of Sock. Nice to hear he's doing so well and enjoying hamster life!
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Old 08-10-2020, 11:37 PM   #30
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Great photos of Sock, lovely to hear he’s doing well & see him again.
Had to laugh at his adventure with the water lol! The bowl does look a bit large for a water bowl though, see if you can find something a bit shallower & smaller, something like those little glass tea light holders is a good size for a dwarf ham, I use the small rodipet ones which are just about perfect.
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