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Old 10-05-2021, 10:25 AM   #21
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I think we all prefer what we get used to We always go for boys, some people always go for girls. I think it helps to find one that is a completely different colouring from your last hamster and if you prefer girls then that's right for you. Our first boy was incredibly lazy lol. But he did used to go to sleep on you. Not all boys are like that though. Our second one was maverick and very active.
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Old 10-05-2021, 11:55 AM   #22
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Yeah, I do agree about getting a new cage. Like I say I did make it so she would be able to explore and have access to it all but like you say, I was always uncomfortable with the height, and the overall size.

And the depth also. I ended up making a separate box out of wood for when I got her out so she had a burrow space somewhere at least without taking more space up in her cage.

I took all the tubes out for that exact reason as well, I did from day one and blocked the holes. Made bridges instead again out of wood and string so would act as entertaining too.

I put the home on the second shelf and I did worry about that personally. But I made her a ramp to get down easily and she always used the top left corner on the floor so it never became an issue.

I did always want to change the cage, but I wanted to wait for the perfect one and her floor space ended up not being a huge issue as minimum I used to let her out for two hours a night, either running around freely (never used exercise ball) or sitting watching a film with us. By the time she went back in her cage sheíd run on her wheel (which is the correct size) and end up getting tired by the time Iíd go bed too. Some nights I even got up at two am just to get her out for another half hour.

The main problem I have is Iím in a small flat, and my room doesnít have much floor space. So I want something deeper, and bigger floor space but not guinie pig cage size. Iíll look into the ones you suggested thank you for them

I have thought before I might just make one of those bin cages, since Iím so picky I am quite creative so would be fun. Just I know it can be fiddily but Iím considering it. That way I know everything will be perfect. What do you think about these?

I agree with the substrate too, and spot cleaning. I know it stresses them out if it all changes at once and itís a good point that in this case, more is better.

Iím very excited to get a new little furry friend, but you are absolutely right. Iíd be happier too knowing there was a home ready. I guess I was just going to use the same one but thatís what got me into this problem of not getting a new one because I thought the stress of changing would upset the hammie. So Iíd be silly to do that again.

Thank you for all the brilliant advice. Iíll look for that cage anyway, maybe someone will be selling second hand?
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Old 10-05-2021, 12:03 PM   #23
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I want to add also, why do pet shops not just do big standard cages that are the right dimensions?!

Half the ones that exist should be illegal. I worry about mine being small and tall but itís not far off, the height is the main issue. Iíve seen Syrians in awfully small cages! And pet shops call it acceptable.

Sometimes I wish if I had the tools Iíd open my own hamster business, no dodgy cages with circus designs and rainbows. Same for hamster treats, like my hamster loved dandelion, and dried dandelion came in a bag with mostly grass! Or yogurt drop high in fat.

Just wish they did the appropriate sizes, with natural accessories. Houses that are made with appropriate glues. Bar spacing appropriate or glass with proper ventilation. Just donít understand how some are deemed acceptable.
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