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Old 12-12-2010, 08:58 AM   #1
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Default Dwarf Hamster seperation?

Hey Guys,
I have 2 Female Dwarf Hamsters...I am leaning towards them being Winterwhites. Im not too sure at the Moment. I have had them for a while. I would say half a Year nearly a year..And This Morning to my suprise i found a cut next to Salt's(The more domanant Female's) eye..And i was thinking maybe they had a scrap? Because there isnt really anything in there cage to inflict this Damage...They have alot of Carboard and a few wooden and plastic toys..thats it.I am really starting to wonder wether i should seperate them?I have two identicle cages i could use and i could keep them next to each other and put them together during there playpen time.(they have been together since brith they are out of the same lietter and raised together.) I also regularly here squeeking..But i put that down to them being a Asleep because it only occurs during the day? Any help would be much appreciated Cheers Guys xxxx
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:01 AM   #2
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If blood is drawn..it's usually time to separate them, I know you think they might not be happy separate, but my girl sandy LOVES living alone..she can bury her food bowl and pillow doesn't dig it back up..
I don't know about putting them together during out of cage time..since they might get used to not having each others scent? But i'll let a more experienced member give you advice on that.
I know separation is a hard choice to make..but I'd do it..I'm sure they'll be very happy alone..
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick Response!
But do you not think the blood may have been drawn from another reason? E.g Scratching..Caught it..? Hmmm I really want the too keep them together. But i think if its for there own good i should seperate them..And your probably more experienced than me at Dwarfies. haha x
Well thankyou.. I'm going to have a good long think aboutt he situation... xx
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:13 AM   #4
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I would remove everything from the cage apart from their water and scattered food.

Then gradually put the toys back in. like starting on a blank canvas if you get me.
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ditto.

hope they'll be okay togetherxx
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:17 AM   #6
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Thanks Guys.. I think i will try that And hopefully it will make Salt(the more teritorial one) Less nippy. She is an Angel out of the Cage.. But when you put your hand in the cage she willl rip it up!Haha Thanks Guys xx
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I'm not...I only just started, but I'd rather have separated mine than have to worry about them.
But I remember, once i picked up one of my dwarves and as I put it back in the cage the other jumped on its back and attacked it..
(I'd only put it back in the cage for two seconds, I'd just figured out it was a boy and my other was a girl, so I was setting up their spare cage..)
but two seconds later they were happily together again :s...Like it's hard to gauge how well they actually get on.. and the ultimate decision is up to you.. But they will be ok if you decide to separate..

Chances are that it's probably from a scuffle.. but I know other dwarf hamster owners have put their hamsters in completely bare cages to stop them having anything to fight over, and are taking it really slow in introducing new things.. but it's a lot of work, the animals don't have anything to keep them occupied, and it takes a long time - with no guarantees of success..

If you wanted to look into that possibility I'm sure Hope would give you some advice..she has a thread on her two robos, barnaby and troy..

Sorry I can't help..I'm sure somebody with better advice will be along soon
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Thanks Guys.. I think i will try that And hopefully it will make Salt(the more teritorial one) Less nippy. She is an Angel out of the Cage.. But when you put your hand in the cage she willl rip it up!Haha Thanks Guys xx
My Sandy is like that..I often use jug to get her out, I don't mind her biting, I just think it's less stressful for her
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:22 AM   #9
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Aww thanks for everything Guys!
And i use Salt's plastic house to get her out.. because i am pretty keen on keeping the Tips of my Fingers in tact!:L x
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:25 AM   #10
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lol..see, I thought sandys cage aggressive bites were bad...until I had Alphonses 'I'm blind' bites T_T
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