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Old 03-09-2020, 02:16 PM   #1
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Greetings all from Devon in the UK.

My daughter and myself have a new member of our family called Anastasia. She is a gorgeous, very friendly and mischievous Syrian hamster.
I have given her a middle name recently of Houdina after the escape artist Houdini as she is quite the escape artist!
We had to visit the vet today as when doing a health check last night she had pus coming from her bum. The vet was lovely and couldnít see any sign of pus but gave us some antibiotics just to be safe.
The vet said that Anastasia is the largest Syrian she had seen at 16 weeks weighing in at a whopping 171g, the size of a small rat. Itís been difficult and very expensive having bought a cage that was way too small (pico XL) for her even though it recommended on the box it was suitable for Syrians. I resorted to building an 80 litre bin cage which was still too small so I made another bin cage and joined it together with a drainpipe. She seems happy enough but still trying to escape. I would like to get some suitable tubing for her to twist and turn under the bedding and possibly up and over the two bins but unsure of the sizes to get. I did try the flexible tube for rats but she chewed through it within a week. I would be grateful for ideas of a house and tubes from others with large Syrians. Thanks all.
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Old 03-12-2020, 01:06 AM   #2
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Hi BuzzyBee, and welcome to Hamster Central!

I hope that she's doing ok after her vet check, and that whatever is going on down there heals on its own.

I'm glad you and your daughter are looking to take care of Anastasia and are doing your best to try and make her a nice and large enough home!

I have only had a dwarf hamster, so I can't help you with numbers for syrian cages, but I think they need to be pretty huge (the forum-recommended cages for dwarfs are pretty big, so imagine one for a larger hamster), and if you have a larger syrian, an extra-extra-large cage is in order.
Most pet stores do not have cages large and with enough room for deep bedding for hamsters... so it will probably be much larger than anything you've seen there labelled for hamsters.

Some people buy large aquarium tanks, or, as you are doing, make their own cages. Lots of people like taking Ikea furniture (Detolf?) and turning it into a hamster home as well.

You can take a photo of your current cage and ask for suggestions on the Housing subforum.

I hope you, your daughter, and Anastasia create many happy memories together!
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Old 03-12-2020, 08:12 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum Buzzy Bee!
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Old 03-12-2020, 12:51 PM   #4
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Hi and welcome to HC!

My 230g Syrian happily lives in the Alaska cage from Zooplus which is an inexpensive and good cage.

He has the Ferplast guinea pig house (hamster size is way too small) which only costs around a tenner.

Syrians need a big wheel of around 11in so they can run comfortably with a straight back.

I would be careful with tubes. They are ok if a hamster uses them to run through them but become a problem should they decide to nest, sleep, pee and hoard in them. Lack of ventilation and condensation can cause health issues.

I wished i would have known all that when i got my hamster a year ago and before i bought a too small cage, various too small wheels and a too small house. Got it right in the end thanks to the helpful people on this forum.
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