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Old 10-14-2021, 03:44 AM   #1
Lilafernim
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Default Introducing Mitzi - plus questions

As some already know, a little over two weeks ago my gorgeous Daf-daf made her way to the big wheel in the sky ❤️ I love and SERIOUSLY miss her.

However I really missed the routine, and soon I saw on preloved a little girl called Nibbles no longer wanted by the family. She was very close and I went the next day to get her. It is soon but Iím really happy I got her to be honest, as I was a bit shocked how she was kept.

They were lovely people but from the pictures I was excited to see she came with a savic plaza (could only see the colours). When I got there it was a Savic Bristol with a wheel big enough for a dwarf hamster, and the bed was the same.

On the journey back she was climbing the walls biting, she did try and nibble me. I moved her wheel down as it was so high she couldnít even get on it but I reckon it couldíve caused some back damage as it was such a small wheel. It was quite funny as even on the car journey with tight corners she was still running in this wheel!

As soon as I got home she went in the bigger cage with the right sized wheel. I thought it would take some time before sheíd stop nibbling but as soon as I put her in the cage, she hasnít bit us once! She was absolutely sprinting in that wheel.

Today is day three of her being here, first day we just let her be in her new cage and she is so energetic! We picked her up 7pm that evening, and I woke at 8am and she was still up! Even yesterday she got up around 7pm and she was running all over the place. I know itís early but I let her out the cage and that actually seemed to calm her down a lot. (Maybe wanted to see her surroundings?)

Unfortunately, every time she hears that door goes now sheís sprinting as she knows that means she gets to come out 😂 I think part of it was just being cooped up in a small cage and not being able to run around, and also sheís young so Iím hoping in the next couple of weeks she calms down a bit!

Also I changed her name from Nibbles to Mitzi, I donít mind Nibbles but as she hadnít had much attention her life, Nibbles didnít seem like a thought out name for her as she doesnít really have a foodie personality. So Mitzi felt nicer, and Nibbles is her nickname so she keeps it somewhere still.


Questions though!

- Ironically as I wrote this she came out for a drink, but I put a sticker on the water bottle when we got her (to check if the water level went down), and was trying to see her drink some water from her old bottle with no luck. I guess she knows where the bottle is as she just got some but she doesnít seem to drink much at all. Is this normal?

- she seems quite chubby on the pictures but I can feel her ribs. Iím going to weigh her today as Iím confused how she couldíve been so inactive before and still be underweight. Does feeling ribs mean sheís underweight? She has eaten while being here.

- Sheís made a bed under the platform with paper bedding, any advice where I could buy an inexpensive appropriately sized home for her, or is it actually better to let her sleep with no home as the option is there, and sheís chosen to burrow?

- this is quite funny but a little weird. The shelf is near the wheel and around five times now sheís sat with her bum on the shelf. And sprinted against the wheel so almost like sheís running on top of the wheel but can stop anytime she wants. Is that normal?

Sheís seems so much happier than when we got her though so Iím very excited to look after her!
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Old 10-14-2021, 05:17 AM   #2
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Default Re: Introducing Mitzi - plus questions

New name suggestion 😂 my partner wants to call her Nismo like the car manufacturer 🙄 so Iím including a poll

- Nibbles
- Mitzi
- Nismo
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Old 10-14-2021, 06:50 AM   #3
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Default Re: Introducing Mitzi - plus questions

Without a doubt. This hamster is a Mitzi.

That's a good Austrian name. I'm from neighbouring Bavaria.

She is absolutely gorgeous and everything sounds normal to me. I rarely see my Syrians drink during the day or when they get up in the evening.

I'd weigh her and give her plenty of good food. Like humans, hamsters have different body shapes.

As for a house. Ours have the Ferplast sin guinea pig house which costs around a tenner. It has a flat, removable roof so it acts as a platform and you can have a sneaky peek at the nest without disturbing it.

I have seen hamsters running on top of their wheels including one of ours. No idea why they do it but they'd probably ask the same thing watching a human on a treadmill.
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Old 10-14-2021, 03:42 PM   #4
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I love the name, I think it suits her. Iím from the UK (didnít even know the name was Austrian!) just I really do like the name.

I am very lucky with her and sheís settling so well! I had her out today and she sitting in my hand and letting me stroke her already, she still can be jumpy at times though.

I am thinking her ribs may poke out a bit more than Iíd like and she not much of an eater, I think her fur is just so long it makes her look chubby. So I made her some porridge this evening and she seemed to really like that, sheís loving cucumber too but I wanted to give her something more substantial.

The house Iíve looked up and it costs more online than in store so I think next job is to go to a shop and buy one, that way I can see sizes better too.

She still does that wheel thing 😂 she has a bridge down as well but she likes to just roll of the wheel to the ground floor. It is pretty funny!
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Old 10-14-2021, 04:14 PM   #5
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You've found each other.
Mitzi may like a bit of scrambled egg, just plain without seasoning. Porridge is always a winner.
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