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Old 07-12-2021, 02:31 PM   #1
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Hi guys.

Posting a lot again since my new Russian dwarf was adopted into our family - very new to other species beside Syrians so need all the help I can get from people that have on hands experience. I've only been able to read up on them for all these years and never had the on hands experience myself.

I posted before how I hardly see him, but now it's been literally 2 days I haven't seen him once. He was in his hidey for like the first 2 days and now he's moved to behind his wheel burrowed under to the right hand side and he hasn't looked like he's moved at all. He has water (in a bowl so the water isn't getting stuck etc.), food, ceramic hide in there so if he's hot he can sit on it and cool down... He has enrichment such as bridges, toilet tubes, a ball with a treat in it, hanging food treat, a wheel, a sand bath, two different substrates for different texture, an alligator whimzee type dog chew (which is safe, just a different brand), play n' climb, wooden chews etc. and a wooden tipi style hide but he hasn't touched anything...

I haven't even seen him on the wheel - only for like a split second and it looks like he has trouble with it so planning to invest into a flying saucer asap in case he's having a bit of trouble. (he's only 6 weeks).

I've only caught him the odd few times in his sand bath and that's it but it's been 2 days now since I haven't seen him once. He is moving, I made sure to see if I could use a gentle piece of cardboard to gently move some substrate near him and he did move... but it's super bizarre!
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Old 07-12-2021, 02:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Really concerned about my Russians behaviour

Sounds like he just needs more time to settle. Every hamster is different. Don't forget he is only young and it's all new for him.
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Old 07-12-2021, 03:02 PM   #3
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Default Re: Really concerned about my Russians behaviour

There's no difference in behaviour whether its a dwarf or a Syrian. They all need time to settle in and we need to be patient.
What exactly is it that you are so worried about?
Are you worried that he is ill or that he is not eating or drinking?
If you really have reason to believe that he's unwell, then you have to dig him out, give him a health check and take him to the vet if needed.
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Old 07-12-2021, 03:05 PM   #4
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Some hamsters get up really late at night so we don't tend to see them. You could scatter some food throughout the whole cage and see if it's gone in the morning. This might also encourage him to explore the cage and hopefully gain confidence. Most of all he probably just needs time to settle in though.
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