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Old 12-30-2019, 03:12 PM   #11
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She is absolutely gorgeous! Such a cute little hamster!

I'm so happy for her that she found a great home!
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Old 01-02-2020, 08:23 AM   #12
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She is absolutely adorable. What a face!

Do you have any advice on how to help a hamster get over its skittishness? Ours is absolutely terrified (it didn't help that we had a bunch of noisy kids over at our house for New Year's - they left him alone, but they were loud). We have only had him a couple of weeks, but he is still absolutely terrified. What did you do to help yours along?
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Old 01-02-2020, 08:39 AM   #13
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Thanks,
Yes, you are probably right, I am sure noisy kids won't have helped.
I just start slowly by talking to them at the cage door. maybe offering food through the bar, working up to putting my hand in the cage, then with food on. Always watching the hamster so it doesn't get chance to nibble my fingers/hand.
Once this seems to be going well, I also leave the cage door down to see if they are interested in coming out to explore. If they are, and they are still quite squirmy/jumpy at first I use a jug to transfer them (this gets rid of chances of dropping the hamster if they squirm out of your hands) from their cage to either the bath or a big box which has toys in. You can normally feel the hamster tense up in your hands, when it gets used to you I find this no longer happens. I work with a hamster in a big box so they can get used to interacting with my hands/arms.
With the bath, I actually get in with them, so they get used to climbing all over me and know that I am safe and won't hurt them. It can take weeks or a couple of months, depending on the hamsters nature and background. Sometimes it can take days, just depends.
I have done a couple of videos on this, but Sunny just died so I won't be releasing them on YouTube, but if you are interested I am happy to send a private message with a link to the unlisted videos if that will help you.
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:53 AM   #14
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Thank you, Luna. Pencil is in an aquarium, but otherwise, that seems to be exactly my plan. My hamster Teddy was pretty much tame by the get go, so I just need to learn how to be patient. I'm glad to hear yours was successful! I would love to see the video! I am so sorry about Sunny.
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Old 01-02-2020, 10:52 AM   #15
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Thank you, Luna. Pencil is in an aquarium, but otherwise, that seems to be exactly my plan. My hamster Teddy was pretty much tame by the get go, so I just need to learn how to be patient. I'm glad to hear yours was successful! I would love to see the video! I am so sorry about Sunny.
Patience is key sometimes, but it can be so hard, but worth it when it starts to pay off

I sent you a message with the links.

Thanks re Sunny, it's nice to know her videos haven't been wasted, even if they just help one person.
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