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Old 01-02-2012, 03:15 AM   #1
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Question Syrian seems frantic

Hi well I just thought this odd, and maybe a little worrying. This morning we got up as normal, and at around 9 my hamster woke up and tussled about his bed as normal. Then he really woke up, began running around the cage, and holding onto the bars looking at us as if to ask for something. I figured it was a good time to give him a snack, so got a piece of carrot for him. He ate it very frantically and basically, I kept giving him more and more food, and he kept climbing around the cages(3 attached with tubing) like a nut, I mean he has alot of space, one cage has two levels and another has three. And he made easy use of all of it, climbing VERY high on the three tier cage, climbing up the bars, rather than using the ladders, I was a bit worried he might fall. He was basically just hoarding like crazy, he did this when I first got him, during November, but hasn't done it in ages. I also thought maybe he just wanted attention but he was extremely jumpy, kept nipping, and when I had the cage open he was doing his best to get out, which is again, very unusual. It was just too hard to do anything with him other than giving him food.

Maybe he was just hungry? I used to give him a heaped spoon of hamster food plus snacks(fresh veggies, peanut butter etc), but I kept finding huge hoards of soggy food at the end of the week when cleaning the cage so cut it back to maybe half that hamster food plus snacks. He's quite a small syrian, he was smaller than his siblings when I got him, slim, but healthy looking.

If not hungry maybe just bored or lonely?

To clarify what's weird is, it is extremely unusual for him to be awake at this hour in any situation. I checked his butt and it seems healthy and clean, just because I know about wet tail it's always the first thing I check if he's acting weird.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:24 AM   #2
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I'm not an expert, but syrians need approx 1 tablespoon of dried food a day, and a small amount of fresh veg 2 - 3 times a week.

So rather than cut back on all the food i'd still give the tablespoon of food per day (hoarding is normal), and i'd cut back on the fresh veg, and only feed what he will eat at that moment, so he doesn't stash it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:46 AM   #3
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They don't sleep all day Toffee. As small animals they do get up to wee and drink as well as eat because they need to do this to maintain body temp. If you watch him he will be up and down and they do take naps during the night too.
They tend to get up around sunrise and twilight and become quite active then so I wouldn't worry. Don't give too much wet food as if they store it it goes bad. With a young hammy be generous with the food. When you clean out they should have a small store. If they have none increase food and if a huge amount cut it down. I think he is training you to feed him when his does his tricks!
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:46 AM   #4
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They don't sleep all day Toffee. As small animals they do get up to wee and drink as well as eat because they need to do this to maintain body temp. If you watch him he will be up and down and they do take naps during the night too.
They tend to get up around sunrise and twilight and become quite active then so I wouldn't worry. Don't give too much wet food as if they store it it goes bad. With a young hammy be generous with the food. When you clean out they should have a small store. If they have none increase food and if a huge amount cut it down. I think he is training you to feed him when his does his tricks!
I think Peaches is training me to open the door whenever she bites on it... she can seem quite frantic too, but calm as soon as I open it up!!
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