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Old 09-06-2021, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default My hamster is sleeping while standing

Hello,
I changed all of the bedding and everything today and so it created a nest and it has it's own little house, but for whatever reason now my hamster fell asleep while standing.
I got him two weeks ago and he has never behaved like that. He's sleeping weirdly. He's like sitting and sleeping and this is not a normal behaviour. Sometimes he also squeaks a little. What's wrong with my hamster?





At the end of the video he's also making weird movements, which I have never seen in two weeks.

Edit: I googled and some sites say it's normal and some say it's not normal. Which one is it? Everything with hamsters is: "It's normal", "Nooo, this is not normal, it's a myth".

I am worried about my hamster. Please tell me if it's normal? Is it too early to worry? He's clearly uncomfortable. How can I make him feel better?

Edit: He changed his position

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Old 09-06-2021, 10:35 AM   #2
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Default Re: My hamster is sleeping while standing

Did you give him any bedding to make a nest with?

To me it looks like he's on a thin layer of wood shavings but its hard to tell.

I'd put a big heap of torn into strips plain white (unscented) toilet paper near his house so he can make a nest.

He's probably upset about the cage clean and they do sometimes sleep in odd places when unsettled. I'd give him some treats and plenty of paperbased bedding so he can burrow if he wants to.
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Old 09-06-2021, 10:40 AM   #3
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Did you give him any bedding to make a nest with?

To me it looks like he's on a thin layer of wood shavings but its hard to tell.

I'd put a big heap of torn into strips plain white (unscented) toilet paper near his house so he can make a nest.

He's probably upset about the cage clean and they do sometimes sleep in odd places when unsettled. I'd give him some treats and plenty of paperbased bedding so he can burrow if he wants to.
Hi! That's the weirdest thing. He already built his own nest and he has toilet paper and hay. He slept there too, but then he moved behind the house. He has never done this before.

I think he's upset with me, yeah…
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:01 AM   #4
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He's not very happy and probably a bit lost after the cage clean. A full cage clean removes all their scent. They leave scent trails all over the cage to find their way around (they don't see well) and also to mark it as their territory. If it all smells unfamiliar and something or someone has "raided" his cage he may also be a bit scared and not feel safe.

So tips people usually find help is - only do partial cage cleans. Don't clean everything at the same time It really helps them settle and feel less stressed by cage cleans.

The way to make it easier for you and for him is to have a lot more substrate in the cage (this actually works out cheaper with partial cleans and spot cleaning). The bottom half stays clean and dry and when you change the substrate next time you replace half the old substrate and mix it in with the new - so it still smells familiar.

When you do the substrate, don't clean anything else. Do the wheel a different week and any other items a different week again. Our human instinct is to clean everything all at the same time so it's all clean! But for the hamster this is like being thrown out into the street! All unfamiliar and not homey any more.

As he's only been with you two weeks then it's probably a major upheaval for him. Maybe put a smelly treat inside his house (eg a tiny bit of cheese) and he'll start using it again.

Having said all that - if the weather is very warm they often do sleep out in the open to try and cool down.

He won't be happy with just a thin layer of shavings though - they like to burrow down in bedding and bury their hoards. So you need at least 4 to 6" deep of substrate. If you get a large bag it works out cheaper. So the base is almost full to the brim. He'll probably be a lot happier with that.

If you could add some more you can mix the existing shavings in with it so it smells familiar.

Also after a cage clean I scatter food and hide special treats in different places, to distract them out of it.

Hope he comes round soon. I always say sorry if I've upset them! They hear your tone of voice and may forgive you!
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Old 09-09-2021, 04:07 PM   #5
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He's not very happy and probably a bit lost after the cage clean. A full cage clean removes all their scent. They leave scent trails all over the cage to find their way around (they don't see well) and also to mark it as their territory. If it all smells unfamiliar and something or someone has "raided" his cage he may also be a bit scared and not feel safe.

So tips people usually find help is - only do partial cage cleans. Don't clean everything at the same time It really helps them settle and feel less stressed by cage cleans.

The way to make it easier for you and for him is to have a lot more substrate in the cage (this actually works out cheaper with partial cleans and spot cleaning). The bottom half stays clean and dry and when you change the substrate next time you replace half the old substrate and mix it in with the new - so it still smells familiar.

When you do the substrate, don't clean anything else. Do the wheel a different week and any other items a different week again. Our human instinct is to clean everything all at the same time so it's all clean! But for the hamster this is like being thrown out into the street! All unfamiliar and not homey any more.

As he's only been with you two weeks then it's probably a major upheaval for him. Maybe put a smelly treat inside his house (eg a tiny bit of cheese) and he'll start using it again.

Having said all that - if the weather is very warm they often do sleep out in the open to try and cool down.

He won't be happy with just a thin layer of shavings though - they like to burrow down in bedding and bury their hoards. So you need at least 4 to 6" deep of substrate. If you get a large bag it works out cheaper. So the base is almost full to the brim. He'll probably be a lot happier with that.

If you could add some more you can mix the existing shavings in with it so it smells familiar.

Also after a cage clean I scatter food and hide special treats in different places, to distract them out of it.

Hope he comes round soon. I always say sorry if I've upset them! They hear your tone of voice and may forgive you!
Hello! I really had no choice, because there were bugs, so I threw everything away and washed everything. I haven't noticed any bugs anymore and my hamster hasn't made any noise.
I got him more bedding, but just incase I'll keep it in a fridge for couple of days more. I think it was you & I've also read that beddings and food can have insect eggs in them, so I'll make sure that everything's dead there. He sleeps in his house now. I kind of miss the first day when I was able to see what he's doing in his house, because now he has covered everything up again.
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