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Old 12-27-2018, 03:18 PM   #1
VeenaDiego
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Smile Introducing Diego & I, plus first time hammy owner Qs!

Hi everyone!
I'm a 23 year old female and I just got my first hamster (we picked him up on boxing day). He's a 10-12 week old Syrian who I've named Diego.

He seems to be settling in well, eating/drinking/going to the toilet is all fine. He is a bit shy and likes to stay in his little tubes most of the time where he seems to sleep and eat. He does come out for a wee explore around his cage for a few minutes every like 2 hours or so and he seems to he active and running at night. He's gnawing on the toys we got him and using his wheel so I think this all means he is a happy hammy?

He's currently lying down in a sausage shape in his tinnel and is making a soft chittering noise every so often, as well as nibbling his food he's stashed.

Put a nervous hammy mama at ease and tell me if this all sounds ok?

Thank you if you've read this far!
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Old 12-27-2018, 03:39 PM   #2
lydiaaa
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Sounds good to me, give him plenty of space and keep talking to him and let him get used to you and your smell. I wouldn't try to put your hands in the cage or touch him as he is such a new ham as it can really frighten them and they can actually be very territorial. They are in a strange place which is not familiar at all but he does seem to be very happy so just be a bit cautious just in case he is still a bit wary or nervous. Congrats on your new ham, hope all goes well for you and pumpkin!
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Old 12-27-2018, 10:42 PM   #3
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Default Re: Introducing Diego & I, plus first time hammy owner Qs!

Hi & welcome to HC

Congrats on Diego!
It can take them a while to settle in but he sounds as though he's doing ok, don't try to rush things with him, just go at his pace & he should be fine.
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Old 01-01-2019, 04:38 PM   #4
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Hey and welcome to HC!
Congrats on Diego!
Like cypher said, it can take them a while to settle in so don’t rush it. Try talking to him softly so he can get used to your voice.
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:34 PM   #5
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Default Re: Introducing Diego & I, plus first time hammy owner Qs!

Hi and welcome to HC. Congratulations on your first hamster Diego. I agree with what Cypher & Sasha have said, give him time but be sure to talk quietly and softly to him, it'll get him use to your voice and smell.
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