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Old 02-13-2024, 04:56 PM   #1
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I'm looking for advice on my new male Russian Dwarf Hamster Coconut. He is housed in the Ferplast Criceti 15 Syrian Hamster Home: Approximate Dimensions H39 x W78 x D48cm. Coconut has the Kaytee mini igloo for a hide which he loves, the Rosewood Pico wheel 17L x 11W x 19H centimetres dimensions, toilet tubes, a wooden log, and an assortment of chew toys. Since his move from a small cage H26 x W55 x D39cm dimensions he has been repeatedly biting the bars which is no easy feat as the level is no longer in the cage. I would have thought a move to a bigger cage with more enrichment would have prevented bar biting not started it. Do I move him back to his smaller cage?
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Old 02-14-2024, 11:04 AM   #2
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Hello everyone
I'm looking for advice on my new male Russian Dwarf Hamster Coconut. He is housed in the Ferplast Criceti 15 Syrian Hamster Home: Approximate Dimensions H39 x W78 x D48cm. Coconut has the Kaytee mini igloo for a hide which he loves, the Rosewood Pico wheel 17L x 11W x 19H centimetres dimensions, toilet tubes, a wooden log, and an assortment of chew toys. Since his move from a small cage H26 x W55 x D39cm dimensions he has been repeatedly biting the bars which is no easy feat as the level is no longer in the cage. I would have thought a move to a bigger cage with more enrichment would have prevented bar biting not started it. Do I move him back to his smaller cage?
Can't you get a cage that has plexi glass at the bottom for about 30 cm of substrate, so there are no bars to bite? I've attached a pic of our cage, which we thought was the best one we saw at a local garden center. Here's a video of it:

Lyons Cub's golden hamster getting used to its new cage - YouTube

The bars are just at the top, which can be lifted off for thorough cleaning.
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Old 02-16-2024, 01:21 PM   #3
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It better to leave him in the bigger cage: It can take them a little while to settle into a new cage. I would make sure he has plenty of enrichment in the cage to keep him occupied the busier the cage the better but it sound like youve already done this already. Give him deep bedding if you havent alread so he can dig burrows. Areas where he is chewing put something else nearby which he may chew instead- whimzee dog chews are a great for hamsters to chew on. Even scatter his food around his cage if he food motivated so he more focused on forgaing then chewing on the bars.

One of my dwarfs would chew only one part of her cage. I had some acrylic which i covered these areas with and she didnt chew anywhere else.
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