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Old 06-07-2022, 09:59 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning house

I get the impression my hamster wants his enclosure cleaned.

He has been pushing the bedding up and out his 3" tube.

Since we have yet to fully meet hand to hand, my plan is to wait until he is inside the PVC tubing "run" I made for him, block off both ends, and remove all the bedding and clean things up.

Does this sound doable?
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Old 06-07-2022, 10:17 AM   #2
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Does the PVC tube have ventilation holes?

I'm not sure what's stopping you two from meeting after all this time. Are you scared of each other?

I'd get a secure box he can't get out of if you don't have a playpen, put a blanket or towel down, add some toys, a hide and food to find and then place your hamster in it while you give his home a clean. Make sure to keep some substrate back that's not smelly to mix in with the fresh. If you have to remove his hoard because it's peed on then put some fresh back in the same spot.

If you can't pick him up or are scared to get bitten, put a small piece of cheese in a transport vessel for him to walk into but cover the top while in transit.
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Old 06-07-2022, 11:29 AM   #3
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Default Re: Cleaning house

The idea was not to frighten him. The last time I "dug him out" he was furious.

This time I felt it better to get him out on his own then while he was watching me do the full clean out and add new material.

The ends of the tubing will be blocked with a piece of screen. Plenty of air.

Of, I may just leave them open and if he wants to come out and explore, all the better.
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Old 06-07-2022, 11:52 AM   #4
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Default Re: Cleaning house

It really helps to have a big house with a removable roof to check for any dampness in and around the nest. I do that when the hamster is not in the cage.

I should have known that you would have thought of ventilation when you mentioned that you'd clean while he's in the tube. I do apologise.

Back to your question: yes, i think that is doable depending on how he reacts. If he gets very stressed and frantic because he can't get out of the tube you may only be able to clean the part of his habitat he wants cleaned and do the rest while he's back in his house and probably sulking.
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