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Old 07-09-2019, 03:41 PM   #821
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Yes I thought that too Ria - it was just the curved loop at the bottom I was thinking about in case a hamster tried to stick his head in it!
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:10 AM   #822
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Depends how big headed Newt is. Would he manage it?
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:57 AM   #823
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I shall have to check it when it comes But am sure there'll be a way round any hazards!
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:34 PM   #824
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Had to clean the house end of Newt’s cage tonight. With the heat it was starting to smell a bit foisty as he had pee’d in a few places. Gave me the opportunity to put the house back on legs. Which meant adjusting the height of everything else so it was a right fiddle! Anyway all sorted. Newt was roaming round the living room while I was doing this. He can’t get out as there’s a board from his playpen across the door now. There is however a small gap under the board which I stuffed a blanket against. So what did I find? Newt’s head peering up at me - he went under the blanket and tried to squeeze through the gap and got stuck-ish. Let him have a run round the kitchen then popped him back in the living room while I finished off with his cage. Made sure the gap was well and truly blocked. But not long after Newt’s face was peering up at me again on the wrong side of the door! This time he was half way under the gap - half in and half out of the living room. I swear the gap is only just over 1cm. So released him again, made it definitely hamsterproof and he went to sleep in his snooze cube. So just goes to show - hamsters can get under tiny gaps!

I think he was still in daredevil mode when he went back in his cage. There was a piece of cucumber on the dish on the shelf. So what did he do? Pull ups. Got his front paws on the shelf and tried to pull himself up his full height. Hung there for a few seconds and fell back on the substrate upside down. It took him a good 5 seconds to get the right way up again. He then decided to do the sensible thing and go up the ramp instead.

Honestly. He is 2 years and 3 months old and I thought he had slowed down a lot recently. And then he goes and surprises me with limbo dancing under a plank and pull ups.

Unfortunately I had to throw away his nest and hoard which were decidedly foisty. But he didn’t seem too bothered and seemed to enjoy exploring and checking out the minor changes. His house is much better now as has substrate under it and easier for his hoards. He had virtually blocked himself into his nesting compartment with his hoard before. I think he approves of the changes but is still a bit fazed by the hammock and seems to see it as something in the way, so took that out again and now that end of his cage is the same as before.

Fiddly getting things right for him now he’s older. I had lowered the house before but that wasn’t working out as he couldn’t bury things and it got smelly. It’s better now but means the roof is higher up and have not put any access up to it so he doesn’t go up there now. So his food bowl is at floor level now and he has no reason to go on the house roof. No space for another ramp but if he did manage to get onto it somehow he doesn’t have far to land and onto substrate.
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Old 07-18-2019, 09:52 AM   #825
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Naughty boy Newt. He does love getting through that doorway and into the kitchen. A sure fire way of getting him on the move if he spots that possibility.
Maestro used to haul himself straight up onto his barney shelf but recently I have seen him try but then fall back down and take the sensible route up.
It's been warmer recently and niffy nests in enclosed houses have needed dealing with!
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:16 AM   #826
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Thank you Coco. Yes there wasn’t enough ventilation under the house with it being on the base. Much better with substrate under and he will enjoy digging. Seems the shelf haul is a famous hamster trick then! Poor OH was asked to get his saw out late at night to improve Newt’s house, which he kindly (ie grumpily) did. Cut out the little wall to the far right compartment so he can get into the potty without squeezing himself between the door and the potty through a not very big gap. He moved his pee area there but the potty is part over the door (or was - bigger door now). Also made the round holes into arches (except the nest compartment). Just while we were at it as it helps when the get less mobile (just in preparation).
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Old 07-18-2019, 01:16 PM   #827
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Lol! Oh, that must have been so funny to watch Newt doing pull ups! You make him sound like he's a geriatric but Newt himself seems to think he's still a youngster. Good on you Newt. You show them.
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:01 PM   #828
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Thank you Ria I have always said how intelligent hamsters are - and they are - much more so than people realise. But sometimes they can do really stupid things! Like trying to get through a gap that isn't big enough and getting stuck. (A bit like humans ). And they do say that very old people still feel young inside (but tend not to go skateboarding in their nineties!). Newt is technically in his nineties, just.
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