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Old 11-16-2019, 09:13 AM   #1
SophStar8
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Hi, around 5 weeks ago a brought home a 4 week old Syrian hamster
( Bramble ) But i'm am a bit worried about him Every since i brought him home he has only come out at night for a few hours. When I have turned the light on to tame him; he has stood in the same position for a around 5 mins and not moved a muscle other than shaking of fear. When I try to give him a treat he has either froze or ran behind his wheel. The room temperate is always around 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) and he live in the IKEA detolf. Do you think i should start the bathtub taming method? please give me any tips of advice xx thanks
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Old 11-16-2019, 09:48 AM   #2
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That is very young for a baby to be homed. They really should not leave their siblings until they are at least 6 weeks. The first thing I would do is downsize the cage till he grows a bit and gets tamed. The detoft is great but the space is huge for such a young hamster and they get upset as you have to try and catch them to tame them. If he came to us he would go in a smaller tank type cage like a duna multy with easy access so we could stat the taming. First thing is to stroke his back pressing lightly so he gets used to the feel of you then you move on to the lift and lay. His head should be under the heel of your hand. Just lift an inch then lay down. start extending the lift time the pass him on to the other hand and let him walk off again. Short intense taming sessions 3 or 4 times a day are good. Move on to running him hand to hand through tunnelled fingers so he feels your hand around him (he will be speedy so be prepared) eventually you should be able to pick him up and handle. Be confident in the handling and prepared for him jumping so always handle over a soft surface or on a floor space where he cannot run anywhere and get lost. You can use a tube or jar to get him out the cage. He's just a baby still and I'm sure he will do well.
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Old 11-16-2019, 09:57 AM   #3
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Good advice on using a smaller cage. I got a baby dwarf a few weeks ago and he is a totally different hamster depending on whether he has a big cage with lots to hide under or a smaller cage.

When in the big cage, I basically never see him and he runs in his tunnels as soon as he sees me. In the smaller cage, I don’t bother him if he is sleeping in his den but strangely he comes out a lot more, sits around, cleans himself and does his thing even with me besides him. And when I go to pick him up, he doesn’t even try to hide.

So yes, smaller cages for a while are definitely a taming tool !
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:03 AM   #4
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That is very young for a baby to be homed. They really should not leave their siblings until they are at least 6 weeks. The first thing I would do is downsize the cage till he grows a bit and gets tamed. The detoft is great but the space is huge for such a young hamster and they get upset as you have to try and catch them to tame them. If he came to us he would go in a smaller tank type cage like a duna multy with easy access so we could stat the taming. First thing is to stroke his back pressing lightly so he gets used to the feel of you then you move on to the lift and lay. His head should be under the heel of your hand. Just lift an inch then lay down. start extending the lift time the pass him on to the other hand and let him walk off again. Short intense taming sessions 3 or 4 times a day are good. Move on to running him hand to hand through tunnelled fingers so he feels your hand around him (he will be speedy so be prepared) eventually you should be able to pick him up and handle. Be confident in the handling and prepared for him jumping so always handle over a soft surface or on a floor space where he cannot run anywhere and get lost. You can use a tube or jar to get him out the cage. He's just a baby still and I'm sure he will do well.
thank you so much! This is so helpful! I will downsize as soon as possible! And follow all of your advice! Thanks, thanks, thanks!!!!!
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:07 AM   #5
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Good advice on using a smaller cage. I got a baby dwarf a few weeks ago and he is a totally different hamster depending on whether he has a big cage with lots to hide under or a smaller cage.

When in the big cage, I basically never see him and he runs in his tunnels as soon as he sees me. In the smaller cage, I donít bother him if he is sleeping in his den but strangely he comes out a lot more, sits around, cleans himself and does his thing even with me besides him. And when I go to pick him up, he doesnít even try to hide.

So yes, smaller cages for a while are definitely a taming tool !
Thank you so much! This is very reassuring! I will downsize the cage as soon as possible. Great to hear about your experience with your hamster to know that it's no only mine. Thanks again xx
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Old 11-16-2019, 07:59 PM   #6
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Definitely too young. A smaller cage will make your hammy feel more safer. This will give him time to adjust and gain confidence.
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Old 11-17-2019, 01:27 AM   #7
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You could section the detolf off with a piece of wood or thick card board until he's bigger and more confident. Make the section he uses very cozy with plenty of hides and cover so he doesn't feel exposed.
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Old 11-17-2019, 12:24 PM   #8
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Yes, I have done; I have use one of the glass shelf it came with and secured it very tightly xx
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