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Old 08-01-2021, 11:47 PM   #1
BartyCrouchJr
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Default New owner with a couple of questions!

Hi everyone, I got my very first Russian Dwarf hamster two days ago i'm very excited but I have a couple of questions...

I'm just wondering about spot cleaning when i'm not sure where he goes to the toilet? When I put him in his new cage he had a little sniff around then found a corner to burrow in and has been mostly in there, cautiously coming out every so often for a sniff around, some food and a little run in his wheel. I don't want to disturb his new burrow after only two days but I'm presuming he is going to the toilet in there too. When should I check to clean it? I don't want to upset him as it's all so new but also don't want it to get too dirty!

My next question is - is it ok to have a lamp on once he wakes up? He's in my spare room so it's very quiet in there, I have been sitting and reading in there and talking softly when he comes out but it's obviously dark when he's out and I would like to see him sometimes I wouldn't have it on all the time, just to see him occasionally.

Here is a photo of him enjoying some broccoli (I currently only have an overhead light, hence the bright light, but a new lamp is coming today! It was only on briefly to get a photo) he's just so cute
His name is Barty Crouch Junior

Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-02-2021, 07:59 AM   #2
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Default Re: New owner with a couple of questions!

Aww, what a cute little hamster!
You're lucky to be able to get such a nice photo so soon after bringing your new friend home.

I wouldn't worry about spot cleaning for a while and let your nose be your guide.

Does he have a sandbath? Dwarfs usually love them and often pee in the sand. You can easily remove the pee clumps with a small scoop or sieve.

A lamp will be fine as long as its not directly aimed at the enclosure.

And welcome to HC!
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Old 08-02-2021, 10:10 AM   #3
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Default Re: New owner with a couple of questions!

Ah thank you! He's pretty chilled out actually so I've been able to get a few photos!
That's great, thank you! The lamp will be in the corner or the room and is down facing so that will be fine then.
He does have a sand bath but I've not noticed any urine spots in it yet but I will keep an eye out
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Old 08-03-2021, 02:59 AM   #4
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Good news, he went to the toilet in his sandbath so sorted it out for me!
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