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Old 02-09-2021, 02:11 AM   #1
hcheffins
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Default New hamster behaviours

Hello everyone!
Recently i adopted my first hamster, she’s a syrian and although she lost one of her eyes at a few days old, the breeder (a trustworthy one) took care of her well and she looks very healthy. I just wanted some reassurance that her behaviours are all good as i stress a lot, especially as she’s my first hamster and i want to treat her right. Soo i’ll list them and you guys can let me know what you think
- on her first night she waited till really really late to come out and she explored a little bit, went on her wheel and burrowed herself a nest. earlier that day she came out once or twice to pouch food
- she seems to be exploring more every night and last night she was very active! on her wheel for hours and when i got up there were footprints in her sand and i think she started another new burrow
- throughout the day i hear a quiet ’grinding’ noise sometimes and i think this may be her eating? someone might have to let me know on that one
- i started putting my hand in her cage a little bit and yesterday i offered her a little bit of spinach and after only a little hesitation she took it
- i spot her grooming a lot too, she likes to do it on her wheel or behind it

so yeah, some thoughts would be lovely! and does anyone know if calm music helps hamsters? i played a little bit quietly for her yesterday as i was offering her some food
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Old 02-09-2021, 04:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: New hamster behaviours

Congratulations on adopting your first hamster! It sounds as though you are getting on well together. All the behaviours you describe are 100% normal. Hamsters will come out when they are ready, but are often timid in a brand new environment (new smells, new house, new toys, etc), and as she gets to know and trust you she may well begin to come out more, especially if she's expecting treats.
The quiet "grinding" noise you describe is likely to be a grinding back of teeth or nails. Hamsters' teeth grow constantly, and need to be worn down by chewing on things. Make sure she has plenty that she can healthily chew on.
Hamsters are very clean little animals, and do groom a lot.
I'm not sure about calm music. I'm a self-employed music teacher working from home, so our hamster gets all sorts of music at all sorts of times during the day. She hasn't seemed to mind so far, although she's been with us for almost a year.
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Old 02-09-2021, 05:31 AM   #3
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Congratulations on adopting your first hamster! It sounds as though you are getting on well together. All the behaviours you describe are 100% normal. Hamsters will come out when they are ready, but are often timid in a brand new environment (new smells, new house, new toys, etc), and as she gets to know and trust you she may well begin to come out more, especially if she's expecting treats.
The quiet "grinding" noise you describe is likely to be a grinding back of teeth or nails. Hamsters' teeth grow constantly, and need to be worn down by chewing on things. Make sure she has plenty that she can healthily chew on.
Hamsters are very clean little animals, and do groom a lot.
I'm not sure about calm music. I'm a self-employed music teacher working from home, so our hamster gets all sorts of music at all sorts of times during the day. She hasn't seemed to mind so far, although she's been with us for almost a year.
Thank you for the reply! It's so nice to put myself at ease haha. Yeah i assume she is grinding her teeth down. All her toys are natural so wood, hay etc and can chew on those. I haven't seen her chew the specific ones i got for her so might have to get some new ones she likes more
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Old 02-09-2021, 05:54 AM   #4
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Welcome to HC and as said, all sounds a perfectly normal little hammy settling into her new forever home
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