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Old 07-12-2021, 02:35 PM   #1
8RavenPhoenix8
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Default Introducing Hedge ♡

You may have seen if you read my first two threads, but last week my momís coworker found a hamster running around outside. The coworker was going to keep him, but she was concerned that her dog or cat might get him. So, she has placed him under the care of my sister and I.

Heís a dwarf roborovski hamster (white face, we believe) and his name is Hedge. This is because his fur colorings kinda reminds us of a hedgehog! Something else I just realized, he was found near some bushes so I guess you could say Hedge was found near a hedge haha.



Heís a bit thin likely due to not finding much food on his adventure outside. We werenít sure if he was drinking water from his water bottle, so we gave him a different water bottle and a water dish just in case. We think heís been drinking water because Iím quite sure he wouldíve died by now otherwise and my sister said she thinks she caught him drinking from the second water bottle. Hopefully, this is true.

His cage that the coworker supplied is too tall and not long enough for him, and came with a platform that could be reached through a tube. Weíve removed the platform and tube to free up a bit of ground space and because he didnít need it and it was not being used. The coworker also supplied Oxbow pellets, but I looked to see what we should be feeding him and I got him Higgins Vita Garden as well as Purebites freeze dried chicken for cats. We offered him the new food which came earlier today and he began eating and storing it with no hesitation, so we think itís safe to say he likes it. He gave the chicken a nibble but hasnít eaten it further.



Weíre planning on getting him an aquarium to be his new home whichíll hopefully give him the space he needs. Heís been climbing his bars a bit and we know that he needs a lot more floor space than he has. We donít have many toys or chews or other things to fill his current cage or future tank, but we will get him those as well. We donít have a surplus of money to spend right now and we werenít really expecting a hamster a few years after the last time weíve had one.

He is soft, calm, and surprisingly tame. Iíd expect a hamster that was rescued from being outside for who knows long would be skittish, fear human contact, bite, or take a while to behave how hamsters typically do, but he seems to be acclimated fairly well. He runs on his wheel, eats his food, sleeps regularly in his bedding, and doesnít seem to mind our presence at all. Heíll give a few gentle nibbles here and there, but not in a way that would give reason for concern. He even will let you reach your hand in and gently stroke his back without flinching or biting in defense. He doesnít seem to care at all, really. I worry that weíre moving too fast when it comes to things like making adjustments in the cage or touching him, but itís a relief to see that he takes it all gracefully.

Although we werenít expecting another hamster, and havenít had a robo in particular before, we are going to do our utmost to do research and give him the best life he can. This is why, of course, I joined Hamster Central. Iím glad that he was found and that we can give him all that he wouldnít have gotten if he had not been. I plan to give occasional updates here when thereís anything I wish to report. Thank you for reading! ^^ ♡
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Old 07-12-2021, 03:22 PM   #2
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Default Re: Introducing Hedge ♡

Aww bless him, sounds like he is settling in.

You said you don't have a lot of money right now, but recycling costs nothing.
I've just done several videos about adding enrichment to your hamsters cages and the only thing I bought was some jute string (and hamster safe paint which is optional) which you can probably get for about $1-$2. With that you can make so many boredom breakers and hang things to keep your hamster entertained.

Setting Up The Savic Plaza Hamster Cage On a Budget - YouTube

Hamster boredom breaker - YouTube

Cardboard Mache Hamster Hides - YouTube

Don't feel like you have to watch any of them, just thought they might help.
Look forward to hearing more updates about Hedge.
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Old 07-12-2021, 03:57 PM   #3
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He's just gorgeous, such luck to have found him.
Looking forward to seeing more of him and his story.
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Old 07-13-2021, 12:51 AM   #4
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Aww bless him, sounds like he is settling in.

You said you don't have a lot of money right now, but recycling costs nothing.
I've just done several videos about adding enrichment to your hamsters cages and the only thing I bought was some jute string (and hamster safe paint which is optional) which you can probably get for about $1-$2. With that you can make so many boredom breakers and hang things to keep your hamster entertained.

Setting Up The Savic Plaza Hamster Cage On a Budget - YouTube

Hamster boredom breaker - YouTube

Cardboard Mache Hamster Hides - YouTube

Don't feel like you have to watch any of them, just thought they might help.
Look forward to hearing more updates about Hedge.
Thanks! Iíll definitely check them out! I like making things anyway so it could be fun and give me something to do. If all goes well then Iíll definitely have to give an update on that (with credits to you, of course as well as links). ♡
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He's just gorgeous, such luck to have found him.
Looking forward to seeing more of him and his story.
Isnít he? I never wouldíve thought that Iíd be caring for a hamster who somehow both got outside and was thankfully discovered and caught. Especially considering how small and fast he isÖ Iím happy to have the opportunity to care for him ^^
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Old 07-13-2021, 06:45 AM   #5
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Default Re: Introducing Hedge ♡

I'd give him a little house made from a cardboard box with the base and a door cut out then fill it with torn up strips of plain white toilet paper.

I've also set up a cage before using non hamster items aside from the wheel of course. There's a lot of inexpensive staff that's suitable and often favoured by hamsters.

One of my dwarfs inherited an oil burner from the poundshop that doubles as a hide and a food bowl and she loves it as much as the hamster who treasured it before her.
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