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Old 05-15-2021, 05:02 PM   #1
cshat1982
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Default New boy in Town (Skittish)

Hey,

So I got a new male Syrian about 5 days ago. He was instantly very skittish and jumpy which I appreciate.

I just want to check im doing the right things to get him used to me.

First 2 nights we just let him be, he quickly found his sleeping spot, food and water and bath and settled into the cage locations perfectly.

But when I'd walk past the cage he'd leap in the air so high i was worried he'd hit his head. Over the past couple days I've been hand feeding him carrot sticks thru the cage and tonight I opened the door and hand fed him, he took a good sniff of me and a cheeky nibble (which I let him do, not sure if I should have??) and he seems calmer.

Just wanted to ask am I on the right track? Im scared that when it comes to the time to handle him hes gonna leap 10 foot in the air and out of my hands. Whats the next step?

I had a female before and I dont remember her being as jumpy and skittish in the early days as this little man.
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Old 05-16-2021, 10:56 AM   #2
Ria P
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Default Re: New boy in Town (Skittish)

Just be patient and give him time to settle in before you even think about taming.

Hamsters are all so different. Some are confident and tame from day one and others need a couple of weeks or more to get used to their new surroundings.
I'd keep talking to him so he gets familiar with your voice and keep offering him treats through the bars.
He probably nibbled you to check if you're edible.

It took my Syrian a good six weeks before he felt comfortable with me. He jumped all over the place with fright the first couple of weeks.

I think that you are on the right track. Go at your hamster's pace with whatever he feels comfortable with and you'll both get there in the end.
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