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Old 10-26-2021, 01:49 PM   #11
Serendipity7000
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Default Re: Nightmares?!

I want a screecher! Never a peep out of any of ours - but only had boys. Mind you had done very black looks from hamsters before ha ha.

I don’t think it’s anything you’re doing wrong. I think she is very young - they are very easily frightened when young and jumpy and nervous in a new environment. She may well have had a traumatic time before you got her - fear of the dog, noise on the room etc. She could well be nervous of noises. I know Newt was very jumpy every time the door closed - he was much more confident by 9 months old. They get used to familiar sounds and routines - she is still settling in really.

Maybe she‘a having bad dreams about the dog. If they look fine when you check after a screech then don’t worry. Just say a few reassuring words and a little stroke. But yes it would be interesting to see if there’s a pattern if you keep a note.

I am very glad she found you and has a lovely home now.
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Old 10-26-2021, 05:30 PM   #12
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Wow thatís actually crazy! 😂 itís just so strange since stereotypically hamsters and mice a cute small things that squeak. Like you say theyíre not squeakers theyíre screechers!

I do remember my Russian dwarf when I got her for the very first time, she made this sort of deep screeching noise. For me as a kid it was sort of disturbing to see this pretty hippo shaped bed knowing what cuteness laid beyond, and this terrible noise coming out. My dad had to pick her up for the first time as I was terrified by it and he was scared of mice. it was pretty funny.

I donít remember her doing it ever again though, my Syrians are the only ones who have done it frequently though.

It really goes to show hamsters can all be different personalities and they can break the Ďnormí between species as well.

Thank you for what you have said itís very reassuring ❤️ I donít think you would want a screecher 😂 Iíd say itís a hamsters version of a blood curdling scream itís so disturbing and you check on them and they look like nothings happened!

Iíll record notes for a while and if I find any patterns Iíll upload to this thread as it may be interesting. I know time is a great healer of things but you are absolutely right, the confidence a hamster can make with time is amazing - Mitzi being a shining example, and the same with your Newt (love the name!)

Thank you 😊
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