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Old 11-03-2020, 05:52 AM   #1
RolyRocks
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Default Worried about my little dwarf...

I have had my adorable dwarf hamster Loki for about a month now and this past week his character has changed. I adopted him at 8 months and he was a confident boy who liked to be handled. This past week i haven't seen him very much during the day as he is in his house when i wake up and usually in there when i go to bed. I check on him by removing the lid to his house but last night he just tried to bury himself in more bedding as if he didn't want to be seen.
He still is not really eating food out of his bowl but most of his scattered food appears to be gone by the morning. He is also eating his fresh veg.
It is like he has become very shy any maybe a little scared and i really can't think of any reason why this might be. I am obviously worried about him and wondering whether i should take him to the vets.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer me.
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Old 11-03-2020, 06:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: Worried about my little dwarf...

Hamsters sometimes change their behaviours and routines for no obvious reason.

My dwarf Edwina has spent a lot of time underground lately and forages whenever she surfaces. It could be a seasonal thing and with the winter on its way they spend more time foraging and building their underground nests.
I've checked her over and everything is how it should be so no worries there.

It doesn't matter if he only picks up the scattered food because that's what they'd do naturally.
Make sure that his water bottle works ok.

What i would do if you can is to try and lure him out of his house with a treat or pick him up if he's tame enough to give him a health check.
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Old 11-03-2020, 09:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: Worried about my little dwarf...

Thank you Ria, that is reassuring to know about their changing behaviours. I think I just worry a lot after losing my first hamster Roly so suddenly.
He had made a lovely nest in and around his coconut but I had to gentle clean it as he had peed in it. Since then he has chosen to sleep in his house and I worry I have upset him.
He is very tame but I have hardly seen him the past few days so haven't been able to handle him very much. I lured him out yesterday with broccoli and sat him on my hand whilst he happily munched away at it. Afterwards to just went straight back in his house though when normally he would like to explore up my arm!
Maybe like you said it's a seasonal things, I know I'm definitely happier when it's warm and sunny!
Thanks for your help. X
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Old 11-03-2020, 12:18 PM   #4
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Default Re: Worried about my little dwarf...

its fine i think untill he eats and drinks,make sure to keep the temp warm
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Old 02-26-2021, 05:46 PM   #5
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Default Re: Worried about my little dwarf...

My hamster used to be very active and curious but now I never even see him out of his hideout... he does go out to eat, drink, pee... run on his wheel. But mostly only at night while we are all sleeping. Should I be worried?
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Old 03-06-2021, 07:28 AM   #6
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My hamster used to be very active and curious but now I never even see him out of his hideout... he does go out to eat, drink, pee... run on his wheel. But mostly only at night while we are all sleeping. Should I be worried?
I wouldn't be too worried if he is eating and drinking and appears active during the night. I think like Ria said they sometimes change their behaviour and routine for no apparent reason. Maybe just check him over to make sure he appears ok in himself and that he hasn't lost any weight.
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