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Old 12-24-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
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Question very worrying and strange behaviour please read...

So... My syrian Nico, has come to my home with me. Hes in his holiday cage which is only temp. Hes been introduced to it before so its not all entirely new to him. My dogs smell got into the room (dog didnt bother him just sniffed) but Nico has been sleeping all the time, destorying this fluffy hideout bed, sleeping in ball. He runs around my bed fine tho!

Hes not acting himself and i hope the scent of the dog hasnt made him afraid... hes currently hiding his head away but i can see his body and legs. Whats this about? Im so worried for him. He was okay when we got to my mums at first.

I want him to be comfortable!

Please let me know advice and what this behaviour means <3
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:35 PM   #2
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Nico might just be taking a while to settle in to his holiday cage!
Did you use some of his bedding and floor covering from his old cage? This would have his smell on it.
Is the set up similar to his permanent home?

What do you mean by fluffy hideout bed?
Wool bedding isn't safe for hamsters because they store in their pouches.
Try and keep the dog away from Nico for the rest of his stay, he might've felt scared and being in his temporary cage has him unsettled.
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:52 PM   #3
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The one time I came home smelling like dog my previous ham wasn't right for ages, she froze for almost an hour and wouldn't come near me for at least 2 days. It was two very very smelly spaniels! Dog smell can be a big deal.

I also have Ceecee home at my mums for the holidays and I just completely left her alone for maybe 36 hours as if she was almost new which seemed to help since she was v nervous at first. She was dying to get out tonight though and was v settled and friendly even with my mum who she has never met before.
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:25 AM   #4
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My friend's hamster wasn't scared of the dog in their house surprisingly. Maybe because the dog was there first and he slowly got used to the smell. Your ham might just be settling in, give him around 2-3days of alone time. Sometimes they're ok on the first day then they realize they're already in a new house. That's when they start to get scared lol.
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Old 12-27-2014, 02:50 AM   #5
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Is the fluffy hideout bed one of those fleece hamster nappers? If so I should take it out, because as others have said, if they ingest fleece or other material it can block their intestines and kill them. If he's destroyed it he might eat some of it. It sounds like maybe he wants somewhere snug and safe to hide in. If you have lots of shavings or whatever substrate you have, in the bottom and lots of torn up white toilet paper in there, he will make himself a nice safe little nest to hide in. He's probably hiding his head because he hasn't got anything to crawl into. When they make a nest, they make it big enough so they can crawl inside and be completely covered up. So if you haven't got any of that white paper bedding, then get white toilet paper and tear it into small pieces and put a few big handfuls in there and he will make himself a nice cosy nest. Also is there a house or hide in there? If not, you could put a cardboard box in with a hole cut in one side to make an entrance door - your hammy will probably dive straight in! He probably feels a) a bit exposed and not safe and b) thinks there is a dog about!
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