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Old 05-11-2017, 01:55 AM   #1
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Question Free roaming

I've decided that I want to have a go with letting my syrian free roam. The only room I think is suitable i.e. without lots of hiding places is my bathroom. I've never done it before so if anyone could give me some tips that would be great.
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Old 05-11-2017, 02:23 AM   #2
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It’s just common sense, really. Ensure that you don’t use any chemical cleaners and particularly aerosols in the area as they may sniff/chew/lick everything in sight and also the fumes can kill hamsters, that there is nothing potentially harmful they could pick up and eat lying around (both of these are key in a bathroom), there are no holes to escape down or furniture to escape behind/under. Never leave your hamster unsupervised and don’t leave them out for too long. Do it in the evenings when hamsters are most active.
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Old 05-11-2017, 04:02 AM   #3
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I don't really think a bathroom is a particularly good place for free roaming tbh, unless you have a really big bathroom it would probably be better to make a play pen & use it somewhere else, if you do really want to use the bath room remember to remove any mats, clean the floor (be careful what with though) & anything within reach & double check there are no spaces behind pipes or anywhere your ham can't get.
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Old 05-11-2017, 05:37 AM   #4
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Ok. I've got a playpen but I thought the bathroom would be good for an occasional change. I've got some pet safe disinfectant which I think should be fine. If not as he's supervised do you think being on towels would be ok? He's not a chewer and he'll be watched.
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:02 AM   #5
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Honestly in my opinion, free ranging is risky and a playpen is a safer alternative. A bathroom probably wouldn't be the safest option, considering many surfaces are wiped down with chemical cleaners and bleach, and theres probably some nasty stuff on the floor, if you know what I mean. Maybe it would be safe if there wasn't anywhere your hamster could squeeze behind and you had thoroughly cleaned up the room. Of course I don't want to be a "safety freak," free ranging can be fun if done correctly but I personally wouldn't feel safe with a hamster running everywhere.

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Old 05-11-2017, 06:20 AM   #6
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I completely understand your reservations. I'm still deciding if its worth it though I think it would be nice. I just thought I'd get some advice before I completely decide.
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Old 05-11-2017, 06:25 AM   #7
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Free roaming is an amazing way to let your hamster get exercise, and is a method I have used with all my Syrians. They've all loved it to a certain degree at least and it's super fun to watch them run all about. I however wouldn't recommend the bathroom just because of how many cleaners there are, bits of bacteria and nasty stuff, and too many opportunities to squeeze in and behind things. Even if you think your bathroom is safe, your hamster may surprise you. I once lost one of my gerbils underneath my sink because there was a minuscule crevice she squeezed into. I had checked everything over twice and thought I'd seen everything, but things sometimes slip by and bathrooms all tend to have these tiny spaces behind toilets, under cabinets, and under sinks. A carpeted bedroom or some other non-restroom type area would probably make a better place to roam. Make sure to leave out tunnels, boxes, and other hideouts so they feel comfortable. I also would only allow a Syrian to free roam as a dwarf- say like a robo, would be gone in seconds! Free roaming, when done right, is extremely beneficial
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