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Old 08-11-2021, 06:56 AM   #1
Rashy
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Default What to do, scared or something else

I dont know what to do. I have never been in this position before and feel sad, and stupid. February this year I took over a syrian hamster I found out is a boy. He came from a family who did not have time to tame him and gave him to me.

As he avoids me and and screams so times, I have left him alone in the cage and tried to conect with him. But he dont want me to touch him, and I have sometimes been thinking of if he is in pain. He have been checked by the vet.

For the last months he have been living in a big aquarium, but he started to be at a different way.

I feel sad and stupid as I dont know what to do. I know that it can take time to tame hamsters, and I did remove him to a barred cage to try toget contact with him trough the bars.

I have been thinking of maybe take him to a second vet many people to recommend, as the last vet asked him how he became so disgusting.
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Old 08-11-2021, 11:08 AM   #2
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Default Re: What to do, scared or something else

I can't help wondering if he has been abused in some way by the previous family (although that may be completely unjustified). What did the vet say about his behaviour?

One would normally expect a hamster to be well settled by this time as you have had him since February. Have you tried feeding him through the bars of the cage? If he learns that you are a source of treats, he may stop screaming at you. Of course, it is possible you have got one of those hamsters that just doesn't want human contact, and it's also possible that that is why the last family gave him away. Has he behaved like this since you first had him?

If you had confidence in the last vet, there may be little point in taking him to another, unless he is showing signs of distress (sitting hunched over in his cage, ears pressed back, or running in circles). Does he behave normally when he thinks you are not around? And have you tried taking him out of the cage for taming sessions, so that your hand is not in his territory?

Sometimes, we just have to love our hams for what they are, although it can be difficult to love one who doesn't want to connect with you, but please don't feel sad or stupid - it sounds as though you are doing everything you can to give him a happy home.
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Old 08-11-2021, 11:47 AM   #3
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Default Re: What to do, scared or something else

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I can't help wondering if he has been abused in some way by the previous family (although that may be completely unjustified). What did the vet say about his behaviour?

One would normally expect a hamster to be well settled by this time as you have had him since February. Have you tried feeding him through the bars of the cage? If he learns that you are a source of treats, he may stop screaming at you. Of course, it is possible you have got one of those hamsters that just doesn't want human contact, and it's also possible that that is why the last family gave him away. Has he behaved like this since you first had him?

If you had confidence in the last vet, there may be little point in taking him to another, unless he is showing signs of distress (sitting hunched over in his cage, ears pressed back, or running in circles). Does he behave normally when he thinks you are not around? And have you tried taking him out of the cage for taming sessions, so that your hand is not in his territory?

Sometimes, we just have to love our hams for what they are, although it can be difficult to love one who doesn't want to connect with you, but please don't feel sad or stupid - it sounds as though you are doing everything you can to give him a happy home.

The only thing I know is that they did buy a dwarf after they give him to me. They should not have animals at all.

Out of experience, he do like barred cage more then aquarium. I tried the plaza cage for him but it did fell apart. He do now live in a hamster heaven until I can find a bigger barred cage for him.
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