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Old 03-25-2022, 12:25 PM   #1
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Upon entering the room where my hamster resides, I saw that he had backfilled the entrance to his house since I was in there a few hours ago, adjusting a few things in his enclosure.



What's the reason they do this?
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Old 03-25-2022, 12:28 PM   #2
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to feel safe and secure, one of my hamsters does it in the main entrance to her hide.
I have had other hamsters fill up any tunnels like this too.
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Old 03-25-2022, 12:55 PM   #3
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to feel safe and secure...
Oh. So nothing personal.
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Old 03-25-2022, 01:09 PM   #4
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Oh. So nothing personal.
well, you might have disturbed something that made them feel unsecure, but other than that I wouldn't take it personally

Someone else might have a different take on it to me, but that's how i interpret it from my hamster
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Old 03-25-2022, 01:34 PM   #5
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Most of our Syrians backfill the doors to their houses. Sometimes there's a mountain of substrate in front of their houses and they have to dig their way out again.

The Robo doesn't because he's so nosey and pokes his nose out of his house soon as i touch or move something inside his tank.

Our dwarf doesn't backfill either but again, she's a nosey one who comes out during the day. Maybe she wants to know who's about.

I think some hamsters do that to keep things like light, noise, humans etc out when they want to sleep.

My OH once stupidly poked his finger through Rodney's barricaded door to tell him that his porridge was served. Of course he got bitten by a very tame and friendly Syrian.

So, yes, you are spot on. It does mean "Keep Out!"
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Old 03-25-2022, 03:03 PM   #6
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Our Syrian does this too, I watched him really early one morning back filling the hole to his home/bed and then he’s gone for the day, resting. At around 8pm when we open the cage door and start placing his food in, he’ll start moving it out of the way to come out and say hi or at times just pokes his head out then goes back in. I don’t move it out the way as I too received a little nip the day I thought I’d try to move it and see where he was curled up! Oops first time owner mistake . I think it’s kinda cute they do this. I guess in the wild it would stop other animals getting into their burrows and the movement of the substrate also alerts them that something may be trying to get in. Your hamsters just making himself cosy and settling in.
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Old 03-25-2022, 07:02 PM   #7
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My Roborovski Dwarf Hamster does something similar as yours done. She reaches out and drags any toilet tissue nearby and drags it inside her home then she barricades the opening. To me she is displaying the 'remove welcome mat' and 'shut the door' behavior. If she could hang a sign it would probably read 'Do not Disturb'. I agree with what others are saying on this behavior, it's nothing personal the hamster simply wants some 'alone' time.
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Old 03-26-2022, 02:24 AM   #8
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My Syrian has done this a couple of times with one of the entrances to his house. After a while I'll catch him looking at the filled-up entrance, looking confused. I move some of the substrate out of the way and it turns out there's a hole! Who knew? (not the hamster)

But if I try that the day after he's filled it, he'll fill it in again. I have to wait until he's forgotten he's done it.
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